Despite trying to present himself as a hero among our active and inactive troops, our uniformed men and women are about as impressed with Trump as every major world leader that isn’t a dictator is. In fact, the list of generals and military personnel that oppose Trump is growing louder by the day, making a mutiny all the more possible. Like most sane and rational people (IE, non trump voters), they recognize the huge dangers he poses not to just America, but to her allies as well.
Admiral Michael Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Obama and Bush, is the latest high-ranking officer to criticize Trump. Mullen wrote a blistering op-ed in the New York times blasting Trump’s decision to put noted conspiracy theorist and white supremacist Steve Bannon on the National Security Council.
Admiral Mullen is very vexed by Trump’s addition of Steve Bannon to the Security Council, which is a position he feels that the perpetually drunken looking Bannon has no place
“Putting aside for a moment Mr. Bannon’s troubling public positions, which are worrisome enough, institutionalizing his attendance threatens to politicize national security decision making. The security council is meant to discuss how best to keep the country safe, not to engage in politics.”
“In my experience, there are very few — if any — meetings of the principal committee at which the input of the military and the intelligence community is not vital. With an increasingly belligerent Russia, tensions in the South China Sea and a smoldering Middle East, it makes little sense to minimize the participation of the professionals leading and representing these two groups.”
But the guy who avoided service on account of having “bad feet” and without a single iota of public service experience clearly knows more than decorated general and admirals. We are but one tweet away from nuclear annihilation, but that’s just “alternative facts.”
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