- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Marine officer wrote to me about the situation with General Amos. "It’s near open insubordination," he told me. "He has lost control, and Ray Mabus either is clueless or doesn’t give a f*** about the soul of the Marine Corps." Some very rough stuff on Facebook about him, too. On the other hand, here are some heartfelt words of support for Amos.
Support him or not, General Amos does seem to me the most troubled commandant since P.X. Kelley back in the mid and late 1980s, with the Ollie North mess, the Marine embassy guards in Moscow scandal, and most of all, the Beirut barracks bombing. I just hope that they pick a good general to succeed him. But I am told there is little indication that either Mabus, or Amos and the yes men around him, is going in that direction.
In what appears to be related news, I am seeing smoke signals on the horizon west of I-95 indicating new troubles at the Basic School. Anyone wanna enlighten me on why the captains are so unhappy there, according to the recent survey on command climate? My e-mail address is right at the bottom of this link. You probably don’t wanna send the info from your office computer, OK?
Gordon Lubold is a national security reporter for Foreign Policy. He is also the author of FP's Situation Report, an e-mailed newsletter that is blasted out to more than 70,000 national security and foreign affairs subscribers each morning that includes the top nat-sec news, breaking news, tidbits, nuggets and what he likes to call "candy." Before arriving at FP, he was a senior advisor at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, where he wrote on national security and foreign policy. Prior to his arrival at USIP, he was a defense reporter for Politico, where he launched the popular Morning Defense early morning blog and tip-sheet. Prior to that, he was the Pentagon and national security correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, and before that he was the Pentagon correspondent for the Army Times chain of newspapers. He has covered conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries in South Asia, and has reported on military matters in sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and Latin America as well as at American military bases across the country. He has spoken frequently on the sometimes-contentious relationship between the military and the media as a guest on numerous panels. He also appears on radio and television, including on CNN, public radio's Diane Rehm and To the Point, and C-SPAN's Washington Journal. He lives in Alexandria with his wife and two children.| Situation Report |
Dan Lamothe is an award-winning military journalist and war correspondent. He has written for Marine Corps Times and the Military Times newspaper chain since 2008, traveling the world and writing extensively about the Afghanistan war both from Washington and the war zone. He also has reported from Norway, Spain, Germany, the Republic of Georgia and while underway with the U.S. Navy. Among his scoops, Lamothe reported exclusively in 2010 that the Marine Corps had recommended that Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer receive the Medal of Honor. This year, he was part of a team of journalists that exposed senior Marine Corps leaders' questionable involvement in legal cases, and then covering it up. A Pentagon investigation is underway in those cases.| Report |