Politicized military office led to Scare Force One

An interesting wrinkle in the Scare Force One incident, courtesy of the LA Times:

In a statement, the White House said President Obama accepted the resignation of military office director Louis Caldera. Caldera, a former Army secretary, took responsibility for the Air Force flyover that sparked 9/11-echo panic in lower Manhattan on April 27. . .

The political cost can’t yet be calculated. Obama supporters won’t care. But the fact is against advice from the outgoing Bush administration, Obama’s team changed Caldera’s White House job classification from a career military officer to a political appointee.

(Emphasis mine.)  (Via LGF.)

POSTSCRIPT: Questions are also being raised about what they were trying to accomplish in the first place.  It hardly seems possible that the plan really was for a fighter pilot to take pictures out of the cockpit of his F-16 in flight.  That’s so stupid it strains credulity.  (Via Instapundit.)

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