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  • Mattis resigns in protest of Trump

    Posted by btomba_77 on December 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Trump tried to spin as a retirement, but it is clear that he has resigned in protest.
     
    [link=https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/20/politics/james-mattis-resignation-letter-doc/index.html]https://www.cnn.com/2018/…-letter-doc/index.html[/link]
     
    His letter is worth reading in full:
     

    Dear Mr. President:

    I have been privileged to serve as our country’s 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals.

    I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department’s business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence.

    One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances. NATO’s 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof.

    Similarly, [b]I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model – gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions – to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense.[/b]

    [b]My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.[/b]

    Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department’s interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional posture hearings and the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in February. Further, that a full transition to a new Secretary of Defense occurs well in advance of the transition of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September in order to ensure stability Within the Department.

    I pledge my full effort to a smooth transition that ensures the needs and interests of the 2.15 million Service Members and 732,079 DoD civilians receive undistracted attention of the Department at all times so that they can fulfill their critical, round-the-clock mission to protect the American people.

    I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation and our men and women in uniform.

    Not a single word of praise or thanks to the President.  Instead, an accusation.

    btomba_77 replied 2 years, 12 months ago 5 Members · 47 Replies
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  • btomba_77

    Member
    December 20, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Republicans unanimously think Mattis an excellent defense secretary and wise on foreign policy.
     
    Mattis’s resignation letter makes clear he thinks Trump a terrible president who’s dead wrong on foreign policy.
     
    So … now what.

    • kaldridgewv2211

      Member
      December 20, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      I really don’t get it. Why not just move onto Pence. It seems pretty clear Donald is a terrible POTUS and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he’s catastrophic.

      • btomba_77

        Member
        December 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm

        Quote from DICOM_Dan

        I really don’t get it. Why not just move onto Pence. It seems pretty clear Donald is a terrible POTUS and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he’s catastrophic.

        yep
         
        “Just read Gen. Mattis resignation letter. It makes it abundantly clear that we are headed towards a series of grave policy errors which will endanger our nation, damage our alliances & empower our adversaries.”

        ~Marco Rubio

        • btomba_77

          Member
          December 21, 2018 at 4:40 am

          Putin had a very good week.   Praise for the Syria pull-out from Vlad.  I am sure he is also quite happy to see Mattis depart.

          • kaldridgewv2211

            Member
            December 21, 2018 at 6:52 am

            Probably one of the best Mattis lines was when he was talking about how Russia’s new armaments haven’t really changed their capabilities. This was when they were trying to talk up their new missiles, bombs etc…He’s like a sleep fine at night knowing other people stay awake thinking about me.

            • btomba_77

              Member
              December 21, 2018 at 9:46 am

              [h1]Theres Going to Be an Intervention[/h1]

              [link=https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-tailspin-under-siege-trump-propels-the-government-and-markets-into-crisis/2018/12/20/e30347e0-046b-11e9-b6a9-0aa5c2fcc9e4_story.html]Washington Post[/link]: Inside the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump was in what one Republican close to the White House described as a tailspin, acting totally irrationally and flipping out over criticisms in the media. The presidents decisions and conduct have led to a fracturing of Trumps coalition. Hawks condemned his sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Conservatives called him a gutless president and questioned whether he would ever build a wall. Political friends began privately questioning whether Trump needed to be reined in.

              Said one former Trump administration official: Theres going to be an intervention. Jim Mattis just sent a shot across the bow. Hes the most credible member of the administration by five grades of magnitude. Hes the steady, safe set of hands. And this letter is brutal. He quit because of the madness.
               

              • btomba_77

                Member
                December 21, 2018 at 9:53 am

                [url=https://politicalwire.com/2018/12/21/the-mattis-resignation-puts-trump-in-danger/]The Mattis resignation is different and puts Trump in real danger[/url]

                {paywall}

                Jim Mattiss surprise protest resignation was the first in history for a Secretary of Defense. Jimmy Carter lost a Secretary of State in 1980 when Cyrus Vance resigned over the bungled attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran. But this is completely different. Mattis resigned not over a single policy decision but because he rejected President Trumps entire foreign policy.

                Its especially dangerous for Trump because the vast majority of lawmakers from both parties share Mattiss worldview and not that of the president.

                Had Mattis singled out Trumps decision to pull troops out of Syria 

                Heres the thing: The more dangerous the world looks, the better a President Mike Pence looks to members of both parties.

                Of course, Trumps political problems are compounded by his many legal problems. No president in U.S. history has given Congress more reasons to remove him from office. With Democrats soon taking control of the House of Representative and special counsel Robert Muellers report [link=https://politicalwire.com/2018/12/20/mueller-may-submit-report-in-february/]coming within weeks[/link], impeachment may become a real possibility.

                Republican senators still dont want to remove Trump from office. But by doubling-down on a foreign policy view opposed by most in his party, Trump is putting himself at considerable risk.[/QUOTE]

                • btomba_77

                  Member
                  December 22, 2018 at 1:35 pm

                  “To a president without any external ethical framework, folks who resign on principle must be confusing.”

                     ~ James Comey
                   
                   
                   

                  • btomba_77

                    Member
                    December 22, 2018 at 1:35 pm

                    [link=https://thehill.com/policy/defense/operations/422595-top-us-envoy-in-isis-fight-to-resign-report]Top US Envoy in fight against ISIS resign[/link]s

                    Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the State Department, was reportedly planning to the leave the administration in Feb. of 2019, but accelerated his departure over Trump’s plans to withdraw troops from Syria.

                    He is expect to resign on Dec. 31, CBS reported.

                    I think it’s fair to say Americans will remain on the ground after the physical defeat of the caliphate, until we have the pieces in place to ensure that that defeat is enduring,” he told reporters at the State Department days earlier.

                    [/QUOTE]

                    • kaldridgewv2211

                      Member
                      December 23, 2018 at 9:59 am

                      Interesting that Trump seems to be acting like a child. It didn’t have the appearance that he read the Mattis letter. It seems he might have caught wind and is going to order Mattis to leave immediately and appoint a deputy as acting. It is so painfully obvious he’s unfit for the job of POTUS.

                      He also wrote on Twitter this morning he didn’t know McGurk. The person in charge of the whole dealing with ISIS and the middle east.

                    • Unknown Member

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                      December 23, 2018 at 10:45 am

                      But his base loves him.
                       
                      Even if he shoots someone – as he himself said – they’ll still love him.
                       
                      So how do you solve the problem ?

                    • kaldridgewv2211

                      Member
                      December 23, 2018 at 10:49 am

                      Move onto Pence but that requires a Congress who won’t sit by abdicating their duty. We’re moving from a guy who is a scholar, has all the international experience, and has the back of the troops. Over to a guy who worked at Boeing and has only 18 months experience.

                    • btomba_77

                      Member
                      December 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm

                      Quote from SadRad

                      But his base loves him.

                      Even if he shoots someone – as he himself said – they’ll still love him.

                      So how do you solve the problem ?

                       
                      The GOP and the RW news media could take him down if they just turned on him.   If Fox  and Breitbart and Limbaugh started labelling Trump as a dangerous idiot who was tanking the economy and they hit it every day the support would start to crumble.
                       
                      Then that would give GOP senators the breathing room to rightly remove him and make way for Pence.
                       
                       

                    • Unknown Member

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                      December 23, 2018 at 3:16 pm

                      Senators shouldn’t be influenced by what talking heads say. They should rely on doing what’s right.  But that might be too old fashioned.

                    • btomba_77

                      Member
                      December 23, 2018 at 3:53 pm

                      That’s just not reality.   Every Republican US Senator who has come hard at Trump has ended up no longer having his job. (Corker/Flake etc)
                       
                      Until the base moves elected representatives will be reticent to act.
                       
                      This could be the reason that Trump continues to play only to his base despite the midterm electoral losses and the harm it does to his 2020 re-election prospects.
                       
                      He plays to the base to keep them locked down … and thus to keep the GOP from moving against him.

                    • kayla.meyer_144

                      Member
                      December 31, 2018 at 6:44 am

                      John Kelly’s biggest brag about how he did his job? Not that he helped Trump with excellent policies, but
                       

                      In the phone interview Friday, Kelly defended his rocky tenure, arguing that it is best measured by what the president did not do when Kelly was at his side.

                       
                      In other words he is bragging about being a brake on Trump’s instincts and actions.
                       
                      Isn’t that reassuring.
                       

  • btomba_77

    Member
    January 3, 2019 at 8:36 am

    [link=https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/423656-we-owe-a-debt-of-gratitude-to-general-mattis-for-resigning-in]Opinion:[/link][b]We owe a debt of gratitude to General Mattis for resigning in protest

    [/b]

    Mattis deserves praise because he did not silently execute a policy that he profoundly disagreed with, registered his disagreement in a way that did not jeopardize civilian control of the military, and succeeded in altering the policy.   

    At the opposite extreme is the silent military leadership in the Vietnam War. In his book, “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam,” H.R. McMaster (Trumps second national security adviser) strongly criticized President Lyndon Johnsons Joint Chiefs of Staff for failing to resign over how the war was being fought.

    Many years after the war, one of them, General Harold K. Johnson, the chief of staff of the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1968, regretted his failure to resign.  

    I remember the day when I was ready to go over to the Oval Office and give my four stars to the President and tell him, You have refused to tell the country they cannot fight a war without mobilization; you have required me to send men into battle with little hope of their ultimate victory; and you have forced us in the military to violate almost every one of the principles of war in Vietnam. Therefore, I resign and will hold a press conference after I walk out your door, he said.He ultimately concluded that his resignation wouldnt change the presidents policy and didnt go through with it.    

    There are medals for bravery on the battlefield. There are no medals for a former four-star general whose policy differences with the president, conscience and sense of duty to the nation compel him to resign a high office.    

    But hopefully, after Trump is finally gone, Mattis extraordinary service in resigning will be officially recognized. In the meantime, the nation owes him its gratitude.  

       
    [/QUOTE]

    • heenadevk1119_462

      Member
      January 3, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Just like when Republicans die, then only does the “praise” come.
       
      Funny how that works.
       
      And you say your opponents are the haters, lol, projection at its finest.

      • kaldridgewv2211

        Member
        January 3, 2019 at 10:53 am

        Most people had praise for Mattis before his resignation as warrior/scholar and adult amongst some otherwise rapacious bottom feeders that makes up the Trump admin.
         
        It wasn’t Trump visiting the troops in Afghanistan it was Mattis.

        • heenadevk1119_462

          Member
          January 3, 2019 at 1:36 pm

          That’s fine, but the fact is that President Trump is right again on this Syria thing, and it’s a stroke of genius, putting Russia in decision mode. You see, if you actually look at things from an objective (and not hate Trump) perspective, you can see just how savvy, especially in foreign policy he really is. 
           
          [link=https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/01/03/ret_col_macgregor_us_doesnt_win_wars_anymore.html]https://www.realclearpoli…_win_wars_anymore.html[/link]
           
          This man gets it. So much wiser than anything I’ve heard.
           
          All of a sudden we have Dem warhawks, over and over again, so when this president tries to stop the war machine, more outcry? The stuff is just super odd at this point. I hope you can see that.

          • kaldridgewv2211

            Member
            January 3, 2019 at 3:05 pm

            I’m not sure it’s about being a warhawk.  Trump said it himself.  Letting Iran have Syria.  That seems like it’s a 180 from being his stance of being hard line on Iran.  Iran is a bad actor and he’s going to let them have a clear path to the sea.  Also doesn’t seem like this is in the best interest of Israel, a partner of the US.  It’s hard to see the logic here.
             
            Trump also said he thought he’d be a great general and gave us a revisionist history of Russian in Afghanistan.  1) you’d need to join military to attain the rank 2) he’s a moron.

            • kayla.meyer_144

              Member
              January 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm

              “Mission Accomplished” has been prematurely declared before by cheerleaders.

          • kayla.meyer_144

            Member
            January 3, 2019 at 3:11 pm

            Nothing like declaring Mission Accomplished before the fighting is over. I think it’s been done before to bad effect by another idiot & his idiot cheerleaders.
             

  • btomba_77

    Member
    January 5, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    [link=https://thehill.com/policy/defense/424028-pentagon-chief-of-staff-resigns]https://thehill.com/polic…chief-of-staff-resigns[/link]

    [b]Pentagon chief of staff and lead spokesmen both resign[/b]

    The Department of Defense’s chief of staff Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney has resigned, according to a [link=https://dod.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1724785/defense-department-announces-departure-of-chief-of-staff/]statement[/link].

    Sweeney said in a brief statement that he planned to return to the private sector, giving no reason for his departure. His exit comes just days after Secretary of Defense [link=https://thehill.com/people/james-mattis]James Mattis[/link], for whom Sweeney previously served, left the agency after announcing his resignation earlier in the month.

    “After two years in the Pentagon, I’ve decided the time is right to return to the private sector. It has been an honor to serve again alongside the men and women of the Department of Defense,” Sweeney said in his announcement.

    His resignation also followed that of another top Mattis ally, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, who announced her resignation at the end of December.

    I appreciate the opportunity afforded to me by this administration to serve alongside Secretary Mattis, our Service members and all the civilians who support them. It has been my honor and privilege, White wrote on Twitter last month. Stay safe and God bless.

    [/QUOTE]

    • kayla.meyer_144

      Member
      January 5, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Meltdown, with a drunken Trump at the wheel.

  • btomba_77

    Member
    January 7, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    [b]Trump Struggles to Replace Mattis[/b]

    President Trump is having a tough time hiring a Pentagon chief after the abrupt departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis late last month, [link=https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/07/trump-struggles-to-replace-mattis-1084749]Politico[/link] reports.

    The refusals are particularly striking given that the top Pentagon job is historically among the Cabinets most prestigious and powerful, and coveted by national security veterans. But Mattis resignation announced in a letter indicating that Trump had disregarded his advice on fundamental issues has reinforced the image of a commander in chief unafraid to buck his top military advisers.

    • kaldridgewv2211

      Member
      March 5, 2019 at 6:22 pm

      Reported that Trump has written Congress we will in fact keep a force in Syria as a stabilizing force and to guard against ISIS. Ain’t that a fine how do you do.

      • kayla.meyer_144

        Member
        March 11, 2019 at 7:11 pm

        Cheney pushing for more military stance. Says to Pence at AEI meet that Trumps foreign policies look like Obamas.

        Also says Trump should talk to allies.

        So who will Trump try to impress, Cheney & Neocons or his base who want global pullout.

        [link=https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/11/cheney-mike-pence-foreign-policy-1216663]https://www.politico.com/…foreign-policy-1216663[/link]

        The civil but tense standoff put a spotlight on enduring fissures in the Republican Party over its foreign policy. Trump has rejected the interventionism and democracy-promotion espoused by George W. Bush, who talked during his second term of ending tyranny in our time. But while the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have dampened Republican support for the sort of pro-democracy hawkishness embraced by Cheney, many Republicans still believe Trump has gone too far in undermining Americas traditional alliances worldwide.

        Cheney homed in on two key issues, attendees said: the presidents tendency to make policy decisions on Twitter before notifying senior members of his own staff, let alone important allies, and his tendency to make such decisions without properly consulting aides and intelligence reports.

        Thanking Cheney for starting the tradition of regular vice-presidential lunches with the commander-in-chief, Pence stuck to his own script, providing responses that one attendee characterized as as colorless as possible.

        That didnt stop Cheney from grilling him. Citing what many conservatives derided as Obamas apology tour through the Middle East, Cheney told his successor that, It seems, at times, as though your administrations approach has more in common with Obamas foreign policy than traditional Republican foreign policy, according to one attendee.

  • btomba_77

    Member
    June 3, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    [link=https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/06/james-mattis-denounces-trump-protests-militarization/612640/]https://www.theatlantic.c…militarization/612640/[/link]

    [b]James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution[/b]

    In an extraordinary condemnation, the former defense secretary backs protesters and says the president is trying to turn Americans against one another.

    I have watched this weeks unfolding events, angry and appalled, Mattis writes. The words Equal Justice Under Law are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demandone that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our valuesour values as people and our values as a nation. He goes on, We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.

    Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American peopledoes not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us, Mattis writes. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.

  • btomba_77

    Member
    June 4, 2020 at 4:37 am

    [img]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EZpyCwzWsAAaIrN?format=jpg&name=large[/img]

    [h1]Joint Chiefs Chairman Reiterates Vow “To Support and Defend the Constitution”[/h1]  
    Mark Milley the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  [link=https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EZpyCwzWsAAaIrN?format=jpg&name=large]sent a memo[/link] to military brass reminding them that they took an oath to support and defend the Constitution and the values embedded within it.
     

    • kaldridgewv2211

      Member
      June 4, 2020 at 6:36 am

      It’s sad that TRump right went right to Twitter and Tweeted out more lies.  Like he fired Mattis, and he nicknamed Mattis “Mad Dog”.  It’s just outright lies.

      • btomba_77

        Member
        June 4, 2020 at 9:10 am

        Romney praises Mattis: he expresses his opinion in a very powerful and stunning letter I think hes an American patriot of extraordinary service and sacrifice and great judgment

        • btomba_77

          Member
          June 4, 2020 at 9:11 am

          MURKOWSKI on mattis piece: I was really thankful. I thought Gen Mattis words were true and honest and necessary and overdue. She says shes struggling over whether she can support trump.

          • kaldridgewv2211

            Member
            June 4, 2020 at 10:12 am

            that’s all you need to know.  “struggling” sounds very Susan Collins’ish.  Hope they both get the boot.

            • btomba_77

              Member
              June 4, 2020 at 11:49 am

              [h1]Kelly Says Trump Never Fired Mattis[/h1] Former White House chief of staff John Kelly defended former defense secretary Jim Mattis over his criticism of the presidents handling of nationwide protests and disputed [link=https://politicalwire.com/2020/06/03/trump-hits-back-at-mattis/]Trumps assertion[/link] that he fired the retired general in 2018, the [link=https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/04/george-floyd-protests-live-updates/?pwapi_token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.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.WQyi0KVMJ6y5nw8V2w8XcyJXgLfNHKkGxkLl2CfhriE&utm_campaign=wp_news_alert_revere&utm_medium=email&utm_source=alert#link-SAYWJYMQCJCVNCBQKIP2GGHVIA%3Fwpmk=1%26wpisrc=al_news__alert-politics–alert-national]Washington Post[/link] reports.

              Said Kelly: The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation. The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused. The president tweeted a very positive tweet about Jim until he started to see on Fox News their interpretation of his letter. Then he got nasty. Jim Mattis is an honorable man.
               

              • kayla.meyer_144

                Member
                June 4, 2020 at 12:18 pm

                Trump wants to pretend he said, “You’re fired!” as if this was his “reality” TV show.

                • kaldridgewv2211

                  Member
                  June 4, 2020 at 1:10 pm

                  queue it up.  Trump tweets something like Kelly sucks and he was a loser who got fired by many people.  

                  • kayla.meyer_144

                    Member
                    June 4, 2020 at 3:52 pm

                    At least none of them lost $1,000,000,000! 
                     
                    Such business acumen is amazing!

                    • kaldridgewv2211

                      Member
                      June 4, 2020 at 8:04 pm

                      Well he doubled down on the I fired Mattis BS. Everyone knows its not true except for him.

                    • kaldridgewv2211

                      Member
                      June 4, 2020 at 8:08 pm

                      Oh and the John Kelly wasnt in my inner circle was cherry on top. He was chief of staff. If thats true that should be all you need to know about how Drumpf operates.

            • btomba_77

              Member
              June 5, 2020 at 3:10 am

              Quote from DICOM_Dan

              that’s all you need to know.  “struggling” sounds very Susan Collins’ish.  Hope they both get the boot.

              I grant the Senator two Paul Ryan sad faces for her stuggles.
               

              • kayla.meyer_144

                Member
                June 5, 2020 at 7:08 am

                Some rats are looking where are the exits for this administration’s incompetence. 
                 
                Tom Cotton calling for a putsch.
                 
                Lisa Murkowski maybe growing a backbone? I mean talking about “courage of our own convictions?”
                 
                Huh? Where? When? You mean finally, now? Or is this another oxymoron form Republicans about “courage” and “convictions?”
                 
                Are more backbones on the way? Or will they slither back into the shadows & keep bending the knee to Donald?
                 

                When I saw General Mattiss comments yesterday, I felt like perhaps were getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Thursday.

                • btomba_77

                  Member
                  June 11, 2020 at 1:04 pm

                   
                   
                  [link=https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/502230-joint-chiefs-chairman-expresses-regret-for-role-in-trump-photo-op]https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/502230-joint-chiefs-chairman-expresses-regret-for-role-in-trump-photo-op[/link]
                  [h1]Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op[/h1]

                  oint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley says he regrets his participation in [link=https://thehill.com/people/donald-trump]President Trump[/link]s photo opportunity outside St. Johns Church last week.

                  I should not have been there, Milley said during a recorded message aired at the graduation of the National Defense University on Thursday morning. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.

                  As a commissioned, uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, he said. And I sincerely hope we all can learn from it.

                  Milley acknowledged in his prerecorded remarks Thursday that the incident triggered a national conversation about the role of the U.S. military in civil society. He went on to emphasize the importance of preserving the principle of a military that is not involved in politics.

                  We who wear the cloth of our nation come from the people of our nation and we must hold dear the principle of an apolitical military that is so deeply rooted in the essence of our republic, Milley said in the taped address.
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                • btomba_77

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                  July 21, 2021 at 7:59 am

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                  [link=https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/502230-joint-chiefs-chairman-expresses-regret-for-role-in-trump-photo-op]https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/502230-joint-chiefs-chairman-expresses-regret-for-role-in-trump-photo-op[/link]
                  [h1]Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op[/h1]

                  oint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley says he regrets his participation in [link=https://thehill.com/people/donald-trump]President Trump[/link]s photo opportunity outside St. Johns Church last week.

                  I should not have been there, Milley said during a recorded message aired at the graduation of the National Defense University on Thursday morning. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.

                  As a commissioned, uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, he said. And I sincerely hope we all can learn from it.

                  Milley acknowledged in his prerecorded remarks Thursday that the incident triggered a national conversation about the role of the U.S. military in civil society. He went on to emphasize the importance of preserving the principle of a military that is not involved in politics.

                  We who wear the cloth of our nation come from the people of our nation and we must hold dear the principle of an apolitical military that is so deeply rooted in the essence of our republic, Milley said in the taped address.
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                  [link=https://www.axios.com/milley-trump-lafayette-square-protesters-0baee50b-961f-43f4-bb58-b0d909c7073c.html]Axios[/link] highlights a fiery Oval Office confrontation between Donald Trump and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley over the generals public apology for appearing in a photo op with Trump at St. Johns Church, recounted in the new book, [link=https://amzn.to/3rod58F][i]Frankly, We Did Win This Election[/i][/link]:

                  [b]TRUMP: Why did you apologize? Thats weak.[/b]
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                  [b]MILLEY: Not where I come from. It had nothing to do with you. It had to do with me and the uniform and the apolitical tradition of the United States military.[/b]
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                  [b]TRUMP: I dont understand that. It sounds like youre ashamed of your president.[/b]
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                  [b]MILLEY: I dont expect you to understand.[/b]
                   

  • btomba_77

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    October 16, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    [b]Kelly Said Trump Is Most Flawed Person He Knows[/b][/h1]  
     
    Former White House chief of staff John Kelly has told friends that President Trump is the most flawed person hes ever known, [link=https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/16/politics/donald-trump-criticism-from-former-administration-officials/index.html]CNN[/link] reports.
     
    Said Kelly:[b] The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though its more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life.[/b]

     

  • btomba_77

    Member
    October 16, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    [b]Kelly Said Trump Is Most Flawed Person He Knows[/b][/h1]  
     
    Former White House chief of staff John Kelly has told friends that President Trump is the most flawed person hes ever known, [link=https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/16/politics/donald-trump-criticism-from-former-administration-officials/index.html]CNN[/link] reports.
     
    Said Kelly:[b] The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though its more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life.[/b]

     

  • btomba_77

    Member
    January 29, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    [h1][b]Mattis Says Trump Fomented  the Capitol Assault[/b][/h1]  
    Former Defense Secretary James Mattis said the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol was fomented by former President Donald Trump, and exemplified the internal threats faced by the U.S. that should be viewed with every bit as much gravity as the external problems, and perhaps more so, [link=https://news.yahoo.com/mattis-trump-fomented-jan-6-capitol-assault-013320418.html]Yahoo News[/link] reports.