Biden’s historic Navy nomination completely blows off Pentagon recommendations

The president blew off the Pentagon’s recommendation for someone to lead the Navy and instead chose a woman in an obviously political move.

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President Biden totally ignored the recommendation from the Pentagon on who should lead the Navy. Instead, he purportedly chose not the one best qualified or most respected for the critical position… he evidently selected by gender.

Adm. Lisa Franchetti was tapped to lead the Navy and, if confirmed, she will become a Pentagon service chief and the first female member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It’s a historic move, but one that arguably should have been dictated by military standards and qualifications, not gender.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had recommended Adm. Samuel Paparo, the current commander of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet and a TOPGUN graduate, according to several reports.

Biden released a statement on Friday crowing over Franchetti and intimated that since she is female she is somehow uniquely qualified for the high-level military post. He also boasted that she was the second woman ever to achieve the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy.

“As our next chief of naval operations, Admiral Lisa Franchetti will bring 38 years of dedicated service to our nation as a commissioned officer, including in her current role of vice chief of naval operations,” Biden stated. “Throughout her career, Admiral Franchetti has demonstrated extensive expertise in both the operational and policy arenas.”

Franchetti has impressive accomplishments that are not in doubt. What is being questioned is whether she was the best choice for the nomination.

“Adm. Lisa Franchetti currently serves as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. She is a surface warfare officer with extensive operational and policy experience. She previously served as the Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet,” the statement released by the White House noted.

“She has also served as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, commander of Carrier Strike Group 9, and commander of Carrier Strike Group 15. She received her commission in 1985 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Northwestern University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She also attended the Naval War College and holds a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix,” the release continued, making it clear that some of her educational qualifications are at best questionable.

In true sycophantic fashion, Austin was quick to grovel before Biden over his recommendation.

“I’m very proud that Admiral Franchetti has been nominated to be the first woman chief of naval operations and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where she will continue to inspire all of us,” he said.

Austin’s choice, Paparo, was thrown a bone and nominated by Biden to be the commander of Indo-Pacific Command. The president went on to also nominate Vice Adm. James Kilby to be the vice chief of the Navy and Vice Adm. Stephen Koehler to take the helm of the Pacific Fleet.

Fox News reported, “Franchetti will likely join several other general and flag officers whose confirmations are being held up by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala, in protest of a Defense Department policy that pays for travel when a service member or their dependents leave the state to get an abortion. Biden slammed Tuberville’s protest in his statement.”

“What Senator Tuberville is doing is not only wrong — it is dangerous,” the president speciously declared in his statement. “In this moment of rapidly evolving security environments and intense competition, he is risking our ability to ensure that the United States Armed Forces remain the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. And his Republican colleagues in the Senate know it.”

The Biden administration is adding Franchetti to its political bedpost, boasting that she will be another first for the president’s Pentagon. Except, it shouldn’t be HIS Pentagon, it is the nation’s. She will join the first black secretary of defense and the first female Army secretary.

As for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Biden has nominated Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. If he is confirmed, he will join Austin at the top of the Pentagon’s food chain, marking for the first time in history that its two most senior leaders are black men.

Choosing leadership positions in the military based on race and gender rather than by qualifications is unprecedented and potentially catastrophic in nature. The Biden administration has put diversity first and competence second, asserting that it gives the US some sort of “strategic advantage.”

Republicans believe that is absolute hogwash, contending that the White House is more concerned with “woke” issues than with military preparedness and protecting the nation.

Franchetti’s nomination must still be approved by the Senate and with Tuberville standing in the breach over abortion, that may or may not ever happen. She would replace Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, whose four-term year ends this fall.

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