US general suspended over snarky tweet — Analysis

A retired three-star Army general was suspended from his ‘senior mentor’ job for apparently mocking US first lady Jill Biden

The US Army’s former top spokesman, Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, has been relieved of his duties as an adviser to active-duty officers amid a probe into his controversial response to Jill Biden’s claim that the rights of American women had been stolen by the Supreme Court.

“For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make our own decisions about our bodies. Today, that right was stolen from us,” Jill Biden tweeted on June 24 after the Supreme Court’s move to overturn the abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade.

“Glad to see you finally know what a woman is,”Volesky replied to the tweet in an apparently deleted message.

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The confirmation was made by a spokeswoman from the US Army on Saturday “pending the outcome of the commander’s inquiry”The Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center is Lt. Gen. Theodore Martin. “has suspended retired Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky from performing duties as a Highly Qualified Expert — Senior Mentor.” 

The Army did not reveal the exact reason for the inquiry. USA Today was the first to report that Volesky’s statements might have been considered an act of defiance by a former military officer on a contract worth $92-an hour consulting with the Pentagon.

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