Five days after falsely accusing me of “making up” quotations I attributed to him, it appears Brig. Gen. Neil Tolley, commander of Special Operations Forces for U.S. Forces Korea, has either been fired or has voluntarily stepped down, or perhaps was slated for rotation in any event. Per a Pentagon press release dated today, his replacement is:
Brig. Gen. Eric P. Wendt, deputy commander, Regional Command North, International Security Assistance Force, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, to commanding general, Special Operations Command Korea, U.S. Forces Korea, Republic of Korea.
To be clear, I never wanted Tolley fired — as though I had any say in the matter, which I obviously don’t. I made it clear in several media interviews that I didn’t want Tolley to suffer.
I did, however, want an apology from Tolley … and never got one.
Update #1: I’m told there are several feasible cover stories (that could in fact be true). Namely, the Pentagon could say Tolley, who had been in his former post since late 2010, was due for rotation. But the timing seems … suspect.
Update #2: Reportedly the Pentagon says Tolley’s replacement was planned long in advance. Timing still feels fishy to me.
Update #3: Steve Herman at VoA reports that Tolley’s replacement was long planned.