It is refreshing and encouraging to see a military leader put some of the civilian leadership in check and do the hard right (putting his career on the line with this administration) vs. the easy wrong (let the OPSEC violations continue to go unchecked).
Gen. Joseph Votel, the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and future commander of U.S. Central Command, sent a letter in early December to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter requesting that the executive branch stop disclosing details of special operator missions for political gain.
Without a doubt, he is focused on what matters and not himself which is a true sign of selfless service. His men will respect the hell out of him for this and walk into the gates of hell and punch the devil if he asks them to do so. Which is needed in the types of missions he will be overseeing.
Recently, the White House announced that approximately 200 special operators were being deployed to the Syrian theater to fight the Islamic State. Secretary of Defense Carter stated to Congress, this “puts everyone on notice. You don’t know at night who is going to be coming into the window.”
But I guess this is what you get when you put non military-respecting community organizers and physicists in charge of our military and not people with true military backgrounds who understand the ramifications of their words and actions.