Extracting Self-Esteem from Another’s Valor

My father was a military man. He was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army and served his country during World War II in France and Germany. He didn’t get any medals, but his team rebuilt French and German telephone systems to restore communication.

Valor is a sacred thing. In the USA, we even have a Medal of Valor given by the President to a fighting man or woman who performed “Actions above and beyond the call of duty; and exhibited exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind; or an unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life.” Many of these awards are given to the family of fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield.

I personally appreciate the fact that my father made it home from war. If he would have died in combat, I would not be alive today. I don’t like war. I saw what it did to my father’s nerves. What he saw over there was so heinous, he always kept the pain inside. I am sure he didn’t want me to go to Vietnam and die, but he also was angry with my anti-war stance and political leanings back then. My father died young (65) because of medical problems and there are many conversations I wish would’ve had before he left this world. I also feel sad that none of my kids ever met him.

There is something about rank in the military that means something. Yes, not all great men were elevated to General, but they are the men who make the decisions. And it’s good to mention, that not all Generals are men. There are many female Generals and Admirals in our armed forces, take a look. And now we must turn to Donald Trump.

The current President of the United States attended a military school when he was young, and some say, he was sent there by his father to make him a “man.” Not sure what he was before that, but those school records, like Trump’s tax returns have never been seen. There is no transparency when it comes to how Trump got out of the draft and didn’t serve in Vietnam. Apparently, a doctor, who is no longer with us, wrote a letter describing severe bone spurs in Mr. Trump’s feet. No one has ever seen an x-ray of that deformity, but it certainly saved the Donald from any combat.

During campaigning in 2016, Trump talked a lot about “his Generals” as if he owned them like racehorses. He claims he gave them clever nicknames and talked about how insolvent the pentagon was by perpetrating the lie, “When I took over our military, we did not have ammunition. I was told by a top general, maybe the top of them all, ‘Sir, I’m sorry sir, we don’t have ammunition.’ and I said, I will never let that happen to another president.” There are many levels to that lie, and it might be good to put some facts out here, but it’s clear that many high-ranking members of the military think Trump is unfit for command.

First, a president doesn’t “take over” an army, they are elected to be the Commander in Chief and take an oath to protect and uphold the Constitution. The army isn’t some company that you bought shares in and then “took over.”

Next, for someone who decries the use of unnamed sources in the media, how does he get off quoting an unnamed source when he is the President? Why not name and give your statements and claims more credence? Maybe the sources are not real.

And finally, when was the military of the United States ever OUT OF AMMUNITION? If Trump, with his stale and stupid routine of blaming Obama for everything, ever took the time to research anything, he would see how foolish he appears to those who actually manage the military. We have 6,185 nuclear warheads, some are being taken out of service, a normal procedure, but of the stockpiled warheads, the Pentagon declared in March 2019 that 1,365 are deployed on 656 ICBMs, SLBMs, and strategic bombers. We were never out of ammunition,  but our stockpile of medical equipment was not as well monitored as we learned during this pandemic.

This little white ammunition lie seems to be credited to General James Mattis. This is what Trump said, “You know, when I came here three years ago almost, General Mattis told me, ‘Sir, we’re very low on ammunition.’ I said, ‘That’s a horrible thing to say.’ We were in a position where with a certain country — I won’t say which one — we may have had conflict. And he said to me, ‘Sir, if you could, delay it, because we’re very low on ammunition.’ And I said, ‘I never want to hear that again from another general.’” I might point out, that we spent $611 billion on our military during the Obama administration. The proposed budget for 2020 totals $718 billion, the largest annual amount requested for our military. We were NEVER out of ammo and there is the possibility that “his Generals” were telling him that lie to slow his urge to wage war.

Shortly after being sworn in, Trump boasted that “his generals” were going to keep us so safe, but were they safe in their jobs? A lot of people have left Trump-world, there is even a damn website listing them all. And the big four Generals that the President touted, are gone, including, James Mattis, H.H. McMaster, Michael Flynn and John Kelly. It’s not a big surprise they have turned on him, please, gentlemen, WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?

Last week James Mattis published an Op-Ed in The Atlantic magazine and wrote he was not pleased with the Trump administration. This confession of sorts came one week after protests were held around the country following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. John Kelly, another of Trump’s Generals, who also served as Chief of Staff said he agreed with Mattis. Quickly the Trump muckrakers and miscreants, led by the head liar, started to discredit, defame and dishonor these men of valor. Trump’s main enabler, Fox News is a disgrace to America.

The Generals in this country may have faced danger in their military careers and they certainly have displayed exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind in their duties, but they never wanted to hurt Americans. Trump’s example of courage is not wearing a mask around other people. Even the current Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, declared that it’s not time to use the Insurrection Act of 1897, a legal way to use troops to solve civil unrest.

Military men have two focuses, to protect the Constitution (and the democracy) and American citizens from attacks from foreign enemies. An insurrection is a violent uprising against an authority or government, not people exercising their First Amendment right to protest. We are never going to fix Donald Trump, but we can fix the country. Like being married to an abusive spouse, the first thing is to eliminate the abuser. We know who is abusing his power, and so do all the Generals. They have turned on the man. We all should, too.

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  1. Despite Trump’s claim that he has “rebuilt” the military, the world feels more dangerous than ever. Sometimes I think that is part of the president’s design. Chaos isn’t the only thing that opens the door to greater control. So does fear.

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