Advertisement

Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, June 06, 2020

Jeff McCausland : In a series of striking critiques this week, senior retired military officers including former Secretary of Defense and retired Gen. James Mattis spoke out forcefully and unequivocally against the president. This is not a disagreement over policy, but rather an indictment of the commander in chief's leadership and competency at a critical moment for the nation. For senior retired military officers to level such criticism against a serving president is unprecedented and signals a true constitutional crisis over American civil-military relations.

More

Comments

Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

More from the cited op-ed:

...On Monday, riot police supported by both National Guard troops and other federal agencies rousted peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square so President Donald Trump could walk to St. John's Episcopal Church for a photo op. Trump's understanding of the protesters " and their anger with America's longstanding problems with racism and police brutality " appears exceedingly limited. He described himself as "your president of law and order" and warned that the nation was "gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, or, arsonists, looters, criminals."

But the nation's top military leaders have a different perspective. In a series of striking critiques this week, senior retired military officers including former Secretary of Defense and retired Gen. James Mattis spoke out forcefully and unequivocally against the president. This is not a disagreement over policy, but rather an indictment of the commander in chief's leadership and competency at a critical moment for the nation. For senior retired military officers to level such criticism against a serving president is unprecedented and signals a true constitutional crisis over American civil-military relations....


[emphasis mine]

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-06 12:38 PM | Reply

The letters need to keep coming, and they must give interviews and speeches. We need them now. It is time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2020-06-06 12:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Seeing the out-pouring of denunciations of Trump by the most respected retired members of our military and Justice Department, it makes me wonder what it would really take to get a Trump supporter to realize that they are supporting an evil man? It could not be clearer.

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-06-06 03:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The most respected US military leaders are saying Trump is incompetent and a poor leader. No world leader respects Trump.
This is because Trump is a terrible person who besides being a lying, thieving, narcissistic rapist, is also a terrible leader.

Everything Trump touches dies.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2020-06-06 03:45 PM | Reply

At least they had the forethough to get their pensions guaranteed before tinkling on Trump.

#5 | Posted by madscientist at 2020-06-07 01:03 AM | Reply

At least they had the forethough to get their pensions guaranteed before tinkling on Trump.

#5 | Posted by madscientist

Unlike Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI, whose only 'crime' was that his wife ran as a Democrat for a seat in the Virginia state legislature, TWO YEARS before Trump was elected President.

OCU

#6 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-06-07 02:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I take hatred by generals to be a positive.

If they had their way, we'd be in another war.

#7 | Posted by Ray at 2020-06-07 07:24 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

And if they were supportive you'd take support as a good thing.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2020-06-07 10:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Powell spoke out today.

And another General.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2020-06-07 02:07 PM | Reply

It's funny to see Powell condemning the POTUS.

Remember when Powell was thinking about running for POTUS in 2000, and a quick trial balloon revealed Republicans weren't ready to vote for a Black President? And then he got to work for a White President who had him blatantly lie to the UN. Maybe Powell wasn't ready for the big chair after all.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-07 03:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Only four years too late, but still better now than never.

#11 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-06-08 12:03 PM | Reply

The wave of those speaking out is important to note, but is also a risk of jeopardizing the non-political neutral status of mil-civ relations.
Only a few years ago a similar position was debated during the last presidential campaign:


White House rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are bringing out the brass, in hopes some military polish will burnish their own national security credentials.

Clinton today released a list of 95 retired generals and admirals who have endorsed her presidential bid. Trump released a similar list on Tuesday, featuring 88 retired officers.


www.npr.org

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-06-08 12:10 PM | Reply

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2020 World Readable

Drudge Retort