Trump’s Profound Disregard for the US Military Continues.

by Pitt Griffin on November 29, 2018 · 0 comments

in Military, Politics

Trump told reporters today we shouldn’t worry about the troops spending Thanksgiving at the border because they are “tough people”. I’m sure they are. And no one signs up for the military thinking it’s going to be a 9-5 job with holidays off. Hardships are expected. But no good commander sends his troops to suffer hardships pointlessly.

And what of parents, spouses, and kids? How do you explain to them that their loved ones are away for no good reason during the holiday season?

Further, the administration and the Pentagon can’t get their story straight. Yesterday, Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, overall commander of the border deployment, said that the troops would draw down immediately and should all be back by December 15th.

But then today the General’s very own command came up with a different story 

“No specific timeline for redeployment has been determined,” a spokesman for the Army component of U.S. Northern Command said in an emailed statement. “We will provide more details as they become available.”

The timeline is obvious. Once the election was over there was no more need for the military to provide Trump a political boon. So they announced a draw down at the border. But withdrawing troops while the ‘caravan’ was still on its way exposed that the deployment was merely an expedient charade. Faced with this disastrous exposure the political/military complex did a 180º.

And thus once again Trump exposed his regard for the military was cynical window dressing.

Just today, stung by the observation that he hadn’t visited the troops in combat — a wound salted by rumors that he complained it wouldn’t be safe and was too far to fly — he announced that he would visit a war zone. No details were forthcoming — which is fine, you don’t expect the Commander-in-Chief to provide an itinerary to our enemies — but with Trump it smacked of another empty promise in a series of them.

Last Veteran’s Day Weekend he twice blew off opportunities to pay his respects to the military dead. Once because it was raining in Paris. And once in DC because he was working on ‘affairs of state’ which is a euphemism for watching Fox News 

At the beginning of his term he used a speech to a graduating class at the US Coast Guard Academy to whine, “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” Respect for the military?

After Sgt. La David Johnson was killed in Niger, Trump’s condolence call to his widow was a disgrace. Myeshia Johnson recalled, “The president said, ‘He knew what he [La David] signed up for, but it hurts anyway.’” And if that wasn’t insensitive enough Trump butchered the dead man’s name.

“He couldn’t remember my husband’s name. The only way he remembered my husband’s name is because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him and that’s when he actually said ‘La David.’ I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name. And that’s what hurt me the most because if my husband is out here fighting for our country, and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?”

He was no better on the campaign trail. He sank into a petulant spat with the Gold Star parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim soldier who had been killed in Afghanistan trying to protect his troops during a car bombing. His father, Khizr Khan, had questioned Trump’s racist Muslim exclusion policy and highlighted Trump’s own lack of service with the withering challenge:

“Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

Trump’s retaliation included an attack on Capt. Kahn’s mother for her silence suggesting that her religion forbade her to speak, rather than allowing her silence was a product of her grief. 

Most famously of all he denigrated America’s best known POW, John McCain. He said of a man who served in a war he dodged, who had served in Congress for 33 years, who had twice run for President, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” 

Trump may have hired some generals but his treatment of them in office and his claim that he knows more than they do is just part and parcel of his profound disregard for all of America’s institutions including her military. 

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