Rotten to the Corps: ‘Obama’s Favorite General’ Pleads Guilty

Obama with his favorite general - Cartwright 2d from right. (Flickr)
Obama with his favorite general – Cartwright 2d from right. (Flickr)

Cartwright pleads guilty to lying to the FBI…

According to the official directions of HQMC (Headquarters Marine Corps), the core values of every single person who wears the Eagle, Globe and Anchor are honor, courage and commitment.

Specifically falling under honor, it’s further defined that no Marine will ever “lie, cheat, or steal.”

Unfortunately, retired General James E. Cartwright seems to have forgotten those very simple truths. Either that, or he never believed in them to begin with.

As reported by the New York Times, the man described as “Obama’s favorite general” just plead guilty in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia of lying to the FBI regarding what he told reporters regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program.

As reported, Judge Richard J. Leon has the option of sentencing Cartwright to as little as a $500 fine to a maximum of a six month stretch in prison.

Regardless, the guilty plea brings a title he’ll never shake — liar.

As reported by The Times; (emphasis mine)

His lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, said in a statement that his client had spoken to journalists after they had already reported their stories and that his motive was to prevent publication of information that might have harmed national security. The investigation focused on leaks to reporters for The New York Times and Newsweek.

For General Cartwright, who was known as “Obama’s favorite general” before his retirement in 2011, the plea amounts to a stunning fall. It also adds a new twist to a surge of leak-related criminal cases in the Obama era.

The case grew out of a period of political furor over leaks in the summer of 2012, when numerous books and articles appeared about Mr. Obama’s national security record during his first term.

Republicans in Congress accused the White House of deliberately leaking government secrets, endangering national security to make Mr. Obama look tough in an election year.

Welcome to the Air Force.

Prior to his retirement from active duty in 2011, Cartwright effectively stopped serving with the Marine Corps in 2002 after stepping down as the Commanding General of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.

Starting in 2002 was a nine-year stretch of dreaded “Joint Service” duty, unofficially considered by many as the only thing that real Marines screamingly run away from just as fast as they can.


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