January 17, 2019

SHUT UP; YOU'RE PROPS:

Trump is fraying nerves inside the Pentagon (Barbara Starr, 1/17/19, CNN )

It's not just Trump's unpredictable decision making that has officials on edge, it's also his penchant for politicizing the military-- something that's come into focus in recent months as he's struggled to fulfill his campaign promise to crack down on immigration and build a border wall. His decision to draw down troops in Syria and his claims that ISIS is defeated have also rankled military commanders who felt it wasn't well thought out.

Some of the highest-ranking officers say there is a new atmosphere of unease inside the Pentagon, particularly among some of the most senior ranks, over the President's inclination to use the military to achieve certain partisan policy objectives. Behind the scenes officials are trying to keep it all at bay. "The amount of time we have to spend making sure our statements and what we say is apolitical is astronomically higher than ever before," one senior military officer told CNN.

If commanders order the troops to perform a mission for reasons that are political -- rather than based on national security grounds -- the fundamental nature of the US military is changed, several officials worry. That line has already been crossed in the minds of some over the issue of sending troops to the border. It could become even more of a problem should the President decide to declare a national emergency to gain access to Defense Department funds to build the wall.

Among the many entertaining spectacles nowadays is watching "patriots" defend a guy with such complete contemp[t for the armed services.
Posted by at January 17, 2019 4:13 AM

  

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