Below the radar yesterday was a hearing that should give us all heartburn. The hearing?
House Armed Services Hearing with Secretary Esper and General Milley.
I have already opined about Esper et al before:
June 4, 2020
What is with a General who thinks they are above the President? Mattis resigned/fired over Trump’s Syrian policy. Then we had the Secretary of Defense now complaining how he had to “tag along” with Trump and walk through Lafayette Square with Trump carrying a bible. Are there no loyalists? Not satisfied he goes on…..
‘I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act’: Defense Secretary Esper breaks with Trump on use of troopsDefense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes using the U.S. military to quiet domestic unrest in a break with President Donald …
Military General Calls White House Photo-Op a Mistake. June 11, 2020
Setting the predicate: A refresher.
Back to the hearing yesterday:
Like the country it serves, the U.S. military is fighting an internal battle against racism, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said Thursday, but old names and symbols of that enemy are present and strong enough to sow division.
“Divisiveness leads to defeat,” Milley told the House Armed Services Committee.
“There is no place in our armed forces … for symbols of racism, bias or discrimination.”
First out of the box, let talk about the re-naming of military bases. Am I invested in it one way or another? No. My military friends who had not a clue about the names of the bases they passed through have memories based on the present names and would want to keep them the same. But the bigger issue is that these Generals and the Secretary of Defense apparently believe they do not have to support their Commander-in-Chief’s position.
I can’t expect my stalwart readers to listen to a two hour hearing. I can because I am still locked down here in COVID land. Let me give you a couple of highlights I found.
Mark Esper claims he never received a briefing that included the word ‘bounty’
Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley says, “The Confederacy, the American Civil War…was an act of treason at the time against the Union, against the Stars and Stripes, against the U.S. Constitution
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Clearing the Park
Milley: We need a clear distinction between police and military
I for one am not counting on any military to help me out when the SHTF. I thought the days of MacArthur were over. Your thoughts? Am I wrong on this one?
A couple of samples from the deep deep swamp.