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President Obama making some changes at the Pentagon this Memorial Day.
And topping the list army general Martin -- to lead to Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Dempsey to succeed admiral Mike Mullen as the nation's highest ranking military officer -- is live at the white house with more Jim.
Hello Greg well as the president landed -- top pentagon officials -- honored those who have given their lives in defense of the nation.
Saying they gave their best and they deserve the best in return.
Leaders who will guide them with wisdom and compassion.
In addition to general Dempsey as the chairman of the joint chiefs he also named admiral James -- -- failed as vice chairman.
And general Ray Odierno -- known known publicly for his service in Iraq.
As the chairman are the chief of the army.
Now the president had intended to move up Marine Corps general James Cartwright the deputy chairman to replace -- but mr.
Obama essentially torpedo his own candidate.
He had been meeting privately with cart ride in back in 2009.
The Pentagon during your strategy review for Afghanistan offered a new plan Defense Secretary Gates chairman Mullen and General Petraeus all the stood behind a plan.
Recommending 40000 more troops.
The president elicited from general -- right in one on one meetings a dissenting view and an alternative plan.
Now the president -- with whoever he wants but general -- -- did not tell his colleagues at the Pentagon that he had offered as a different plan.
Essentially talking behind their backs the ill will from that poison the well.
The president faced opposition from the Pentagon and appointing him and backed off.
Today the president gave -- -- a nod saying that using his nickname of hawks and saying that he had benefited enormously from -- right good counsel.
I'll always be personally grateful the -- for his friendship and partnership.
And as he concludes for decades of service in the Marine Corps that he loves he can do so knowing that our nation is more secure.
And our military is stronger because of his remarkable career.
Now that is the consolation prize for the man the president once told he would be the next chairman of the joint chiefs.
He will now retire instead.
Greg any kind of got to feel sorry for car Randy when the president asked for your advice and it'll -- got to give it to look so -- the president -- one on one way -- -- say you're my guy you're gonna be the next chairman now what would you do in this particular set of circumstances.
And -- -- as well.
You know here's my view.
But he didn't tell his colleagues and as I say that poison the well over -- pentagon.
All right Jim Angle -- of the White House Jim thanks so much you bet.
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