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Thursday, June 04, 2020

Mike Mullen, 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: It sickened me yesterday to see security personnel -- including members of the National Guard-- forcibly and violently clear a path through Lafayette Square to accommodate the president's visit outside St. John's Church. I have to date been reticent to speak out on issues surrounding President Trump's leadership, but we are at an inflection point, and the events of the past few weeks have made it impossible to remain silent.

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It sickened me yesterday to see security personnel - including members of the National Guard - forcibly and violently clear a path through Lafayette Square to accommodate the president's visit outside St. John's Church. I have to date been reticent to speak out on issues surrounding President Trump's leadership, but we are at an inflection point, and the events of the past few weeks have made it impossible to remain silent.

Whatever Trump's goal in conducting his visit, he laid bare his disdain for the rights of peaceful protest in this country, gave succor to the leaders of other countries who take comfort in our domestic strife, and risked further politicizing the men and women of our armed forces.

There was little good in the stunt.

We must, as citizens, address head-on the issue of police brutality and sustained injustices against the African American community. We must, as citizens, support and defend the right - indeed, the solemn obligation - to peacefully assemble and to be heard. These are not mutually exclusive pursuits.

We must ensure that African Americans - indeed, all Americans - are given the same rights under the Constitution, the same justice under the law, and the same consideration we give to members of our own family. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so.

Too many foreign and domestic policy choices have become militarized; too many military missions have become politicized.

This is not the time for stunts. This is the time for leadership.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-02 09:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Ouch.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-06-02 09:46 PM | Reply

There is NO ------- WAY that was written without direction and input from the current military leaders.

This is clearly an attempt by the current Joint Chiefs to get the word out on their position.

#3 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-06-02 10:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

This is clearly an attempt by the current Joint Chiefs to get the word out on their position.

There cannot be any meaningful faction within the US military hierarchy that wants active soldiers stationed upon US soil with orders to project force against US citizens. And all of this comes down to one inescapable reality: Republican elected officials have refused to stop this Republican President from blatantly violating not only red letter laws and regulations but also the very constitutional protections afforded to US citizens as a matter of their birthright.

When you have a corrupted Executive branch and corrupt leadership at the head of the Department of Justice, the military brass finds itself with no place to turn to if/when Trump finally crosses the rubicon and issues illegal orders.

So in a sentence, I agree with you completely.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-02 10:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

donald will cut off his retirement bennies. He can do that too, since he holds ultimate power over everything.

But no responsibility.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-06-02 10:21 PM | Reply

@#4 ... When you have a corrupted Executive branch and corrupt leadership at the head of the Department of Justice, the military brass finds itself with no place to turn to if/when Trump finally crosses the rubicon and issues illegal orders....

When Pres Trump appointed Gen Kelly as Chief of Staff, I did have a concern about the military (in the likes of Gen Kelly and others in the Trump administration) having such a high-level presence in the Executive branch.

In this instance, as things have turned out, the military people have shown themselves to be the adults in the room (save for Mr Flynn), those who are very concerned about, OK --- sworn to, the Constitution.

Which may be why Pres Trump has pushed them out, save again, for Mr Flynn.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-02 10:28 PM | Reply

The do something, your Generalship.

#7 | Posted by madscientist at 2020-06-02 11:30 PM | Reply

Exactly so:

I am deeply worried that as they execute their orders, the members of our military will be co-opted for political purposes.

Even in the midst of the carnage we are witnessing, we must endeavor to see American cities and towns as our homes and our neighborhoods. They are not "battle spaces" to be dominated, and must never become so.

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-03 07:02 AM | Reply

This is not the time for stunts. This is the time for leadership.
#1 | Posted by tonyroma

Good luck with that.
The only hope in the struggle against Trump's coup is the fact that the US military takes an oath to the Constitution and not the President.
I'm guessing that is why the tanks are not rolling yet.

#9 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-06-03 08:08 AM | Reply

Remember those simpler times, way back, 2 weeks ago, when The National Guard was clearly The Militia and the only people we should trust with firearms? I miss those.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-03 09:16 AM | Reply

At a penny per a thought, my two cents worth:

-having read this and many of the comments above, I am not concerned that the US military leadership will in any way play part in Trump's attempt at a coup, when he loses the election. They will stand united in protection of the country, their families and fellow citizens.
-We have found the chairman of the Trump truth and reconciliation commission, in advance of its first public hearing a year from now

#11 | Posted by catdog at 2020-06-03 09:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Remember those simpler times, way back, 2 weeks ago, when The National Guard was clearly The Militia and the only people we should trust with firearms? I miss those.

#10 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

No. I don't remember that. No one else does either.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-06-03 12:34 PM | Reply

How can any honorable soldier not remain silent? Trump's actions are the actions of a lawless dictator.

#13 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-06-04 03:01 PM | Reply

Poor Trumpy.

Sideswiped by the liberals secret weapon.

The truth.

On video. For the world to see.

While Trumpy was searching for the Deep State they accidentally activated our best kept secret. Our youth.

The energy they brought forth and are aiming directly at the occupants of the White House is intense and must be scary. For a Tyrant.

Poor Trumpy must have crapped his pants. Then there was that phone call from his BF Pooty. Another "perfect call" I presume. And so Trumpy decides to have his own Secret Police.

And now look what you have done! You have activated the Youth of the Nation. Nicely done King Trumpy.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-04 10:16 PM | Reply

I would call these red flags being sent up by a cadre of current and former military leaders. Will Republicans in the House and Senate heed the warnings?:

Army Leaders Remind Soldiers They Swore An Oath To Uphold The Constitution

In a "message to the Army community about civil unrest," United States Army General James C. McConville, Sergeant Major Michael A. Grinston, and Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy urge soldiers to protect Americans' Constitutionally guaranteed rights as well as their safety amid recent civil unrest.

mavenroundtable.io

Ret. Marine Gen: We May Be At "Beginning Of The End Of The American Experiment"

"We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent."

Retired four-star Marine General John Allen castigated President Donald Trump for threatening to use the U.S. military against protesters this week, writing that the president's actions "may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment."

mavenroundtable.io

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-04 10:33 PM | Reply

More red flags:

CIA veterans who monitored crackdowns abroad see troubling parallels in Trump's handling of protests

The scenes have been disturbingly familiar to CIA analysts accustomed to monitoring scenes of societal unraveling abroad " the massing of protesters, the ensuing crackdowns and the awkwardly staged displays of strength by a leader determined to project authority.

www.washingtonpost.com

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-04 11:18 PM | Reply

(un)Surprising lack of DR Veterans from the Riiiight on this thread.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-04 11:46 PM | Reply

90 % of all generals are political.

#18 | Posted by Sniper at 2020-06-05 01:33 PM | Reply

#17 - most of them were suspended.

#19 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2020-06-05 11:18 PM | Reply

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