is anyone aware of stalin's purges of the soviet general staff prior to ww2? you can bet obama is. a competent officer corps would have turned the military against stalin. stalin's purged officer corps didnt. those who are allowed to remain as top commanders in our emasculated military are certainly getting the message, and the message is, obey your political commissar, or you will be sent to that small room with a tokarev and one cartridge too. it worked for stalin. it will work for obama.