Guess They Are Not “Your” Generals After All

By Susan Kuebler

Following his pathetic and disturbing remarks where he blamed the violence committed by neo-Nazi, white supremacist, racist followers of David Duke, on “many sides”, Donald Trump was met with immediate blowback from much of the media and many in Congress.  The first crack in the dam was the resignation by the CEO of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.  At first Trump tried to dismiss Ken Frazier’s defection:

By Wednesday, when the trickle had become a stream of resignations from Trump’s Manufacturing Advisory Council, Trump tried to make it appear that this was his decision:

What he failed to disclose, although the information quickly became public, was that the Strategy and Policy Forum had decided via teleconference earlier that day to disband.

These events were the direct result of Trump’s attempt to renounce is obviously insincere comments made under duress that “condemned” the villains in Charlottesville He undid all the support he gained briefly when he held an impromptu press conference on Tuesday and revealed his true feelings.  That there was violence on “both sides” and there were “good people” who marched with Nazi sympathizers.

Some of the most significant voices raised were those of the heads of all the military branches of the United States on Wednesday in a universal condemnation of the Commander-in-Chief’s remarks.  See the following:

The chief naval officer

He was followed by the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps:

Next the Chief of Staff of the United States Army:

Then the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force:

General Goldfein was joined by the chief of the National Guard and fellow Air Force General Joseph Lengyal who said they “stand together” with their fellow officers according to an article published by Stars and Stripes.

If there is anyone who can remember such a stunning rebuke by the chief officers of each and every branch of the United States Armed Forces, please let me know.  Nothing on this scale ever happened during my lifetime, which included the war in Vietnam.  While not naming the President directly, their message and the timing of it, left no doubt to whom they were referring.

Donald Trump loves to talk about “his” generals.  But these gallant men took an oath to defend the Constitution, not the President, from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.  They have clearly shown that they are America’s generals, not Donald Trump’s.

"All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well". Julian of Norwich.


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