Several articles posted on such stellar, and utterly reliable, news sources like RedFlagNews and rightwingnews and nowtheendbegins are screaming about Obama putting a foreign officer in command of U.S. troops in Europe. This is not a completely bogus story, as many of the stories on those websites are, but is founded in a grain of truth. Well, as close to truth as those websites are likely to get anyway.
The story is based on THIS (click for link) story appearing in the Stars and Stripes announcing that a German Military Officer will be the new Chief of Staff for USAREUR, the U.S. Army’s European command. The article announces that Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal of the German Army will be the foreign officer holding the position.
The announcement, of course, threw virtually every so-called “patriot” group, militia, conspiracy theorist, and general “The UN is going to invade us” types into a retarded frenzy. Internet MEMEs immediately cropped up and were widely distributed proclaiming that “For the first time in U.S. history, a foreign officer will be in command of U.S. troops!” It’s TREASONOUS! You BASTARDS!
There are just a few problems with the entire notion. Let me lay them out for you as simply as possible. This will be useful to you civilians, even those of you who are in militias but never served in the military, and, sadly, many military veterans who never took the time to understand their own service. Ahem… here we go.
1 – When a military officer hold the position as commander of a unit, his title is what? Commander! That’s right. Very good. At higher level commands, the Commander has a Deputy and his title is what? Right AGAIN! Deputy Commander. I knew you could get this. Now, what is the German General’s title going to be when he joins USAREUR?
Chief of Staff. Yes, right again.
That means he’s the boss.
No, it doesn’t!
But, I read it on a Facebook MEME! It has to be true!
Okay, shut up now. Go sit at the kids’ table while the adults have a chat.
The Chief of Staff is NOT a commander of troops. His job is exactly what it sounds like – the person in charge of the STAFF. He’s a staff officer. A management guy. A paper-pusher. He has no troops to command and therefore is NOT a commander. But, what about the Army Chief of Staff, you ask? He’s the top ranking General in the Army! He’s a commander. No he isn’t. He has no command to command. He is Chief of Staff. The End. He’s a policy maker and administrator.
2 – Even if it WERE true, which it isn’t, this would NOT be the first time in U.S. history that U.S. troops have fallen under a foreign commander. In fact, historians can find no less than 17 examples of it occurring in the last century. Since I hate repeating other people’s research, I will simply link you to an article that lays them out for you. You can find that article HERE. That article is on Politifacts.com from an article they wrote correcting Karl Rove for saying the same thing, that U.S. troops have NEVER been under foreign control. Hell, they even cite a case from the Revolutionary War.
I have served under the operational control of foreign officers TWICE during my career. Many of you veterans have done so probably more times than that. Oddly enough, it was a German General who commanded RC North in Afghanistan during my tour there. And, it was all a plot by the New World Order to help the UN take over America. At least I guess it was, based on what I read on the internet these days.
As always, the bottom line is DON’T BE AN IDIOT. If enough of you would just stop visiting and sharing the bullshit found on these websites, they would eventually disappear from memory. We need to make that happen. And, when I see you post that garbage on my timeline, unless it is aimed at spurring me to action in an article such as this, I’m going to web-punch you in the face, in public, for everyone to see.
Just stop being an idiot.
That is all.