While building a "civilian national defense force" that answers only to him and is "just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the military (as Obama put it), the Armed Forces are being relentlessly purged of high-performing officers with distinguished records who have dared to uphold their oaths of office and defend the Constitution, against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
In total, a shocking 197 officers have now been relieved of their commands (often on trumped up charges or without any reason given whatsoever)--an inexplicably huge leap in turnover that cannot be explained away by mere budget cuts or draw-downs...and the only real common thread among them is that many of them actually dared to defend the Constitution against non-stop Democrat treason and tyranny.
For instance (from Investor's Business Daily):
Gen. Carter Ham...was relieved as head of U.S. Africa Command after only a year and a half because he disagreed with orders not to mount a rescue mission in response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi.
Rear Adm. Chuck Gaouette, commander of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, was relieved in October 2012 for disobeying orders when he sent his group on Sept. 11 to "assist and provide intelligence for" military forces ordered into action by Gen. Ham.
Other removals include the sacking of two nuclear commanders in a single week — Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, head of the 20th Air Force, responsible for the three wings that maintain control of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, the No. 2 officer at U.S. Strategic Command...
...Nine senior commanding generals have been fired by the Obama administration this year.
For the record, troops of all type and rank who dare to disagree with Obama's liberty-killing attacks on the Constitution are also being openly targeted by the NSA and silenced as dangerous extremists.
Additionally, as Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno has confirmed, Obama's massive, sweeping military cuts have now reached all the way to the bone, leaving us with a jaw-droppingly scant two brigades that are actually combat-ready.
These deliberately dangerous and extreme cuts not only compromise national defense (by design), but they also make more room for Obama's Constitution-trampling nanny state domestic agenda while stacking every important post throughout the military with tyrant-worshiping leftist oath-breakers.