“I know more about ISIS than the Generals do. Believe me.” “The Generals have been reduced to rubble.” “The Generals leading our military are losers.”
Those are just three direct quotes from our Slanderer In Chief (SIC), Donald Trump during the campaign. I have decided to start calling him by his real title since he can’t help but slander people who say things against him like he did the other day with the Union Leader at Carrier.
So, now that he is filling out his cabinet who is he appointing to key positions? Generals. Why would anyone who thinks that our Generals are losers want them on his team? Why would anyone who thinks he knows more than they do place them in positions that deal directly with our security?
I cannot say I know any of the three Generals so far named to his administration,. However, I do know people who worked for Flynn and they absolutely hate the man. It says something to me when the next President picks a conspiracy theorist as his Intelligence Director. I thought that position required someone with actual intelligence.
A lot of people are concerned about the “over militarization” of the cabinet. Especially in the positions they are being earmarked to fill. There is a lot of concern about Mattis being the Secretary of Defense. Our Constitution says that the military is to be under “civilian” control. A retired four star General isn’t exactly what most people consider as “civilian”. But, considering some of his other picks so far, Mattis may be the only adult in the room.
Now it is being reported that our SIC is going to announce his third General to head up the Department of Homeland Security. That choice is General John Kelly.
I don’t know a lot about Kelly except that our SIC picked him because he was in charge of U.S. Southern Command which includes Latin America. Other than that, he really has no experience heading up a department of 22 different agencies including law enforcement, transportation security, and the Coast Guard.
If you are wondering how good of a job he will do, you are not alone. I share your concerns. Back in 2002 Retired Adm. James Loy was named by George W. Bush to head up the TSA. I was very involved in security management at the time and was a member of ASIS International. That group along with others offered suggestions as to how to best handle security at airports.
Unfortunately for all of us, we weren’t listened to very much. Adm. Loy was a fine Coast Guard Officer, but unfortunately, I don’t think he did a very good job at TSA.
The problem comes from one simple fact. Running a military organization is totally different from running a civilian organization. In the military we sort of live in our own world. We have our own criminal justice system. We have our own rules. We even have less “freedoms” than our civilian counterparts.
When a military leader attempts to head up a civilian organization, the military way just doesn’t work very well. I believe that was the biggest hinderance to Adm. Loy succeeding better at TSA.
Should our SIC decide to start rounding up “illegals” and deporting them, Kelly is the one who will be responsible to do so. If our SIC orders that stupid wall of his to be build, it will be Kelly who will have to do it.
Problem is that he already stated that the wall probably won’t work. And, he knows little to nothing about the legal implications of rounding millions of people for deportation.
I cannot remember a time in my lifetime when so many Generals were being selected to head up important cabinet posts. Even President Eisenhower didn’t have as many Generals on his payroll as our SIC is going to have.
Then again, no one worried about Eisenhower establishing a militarized government either. We cannot say that about our SIC. If you want to militarize the government the best way is to put military people in top positions. Especially if you believe the military would follow them even if they were breaking the law.
Our SIC has made some god-awful choices for filling out his cabinet. I cannot say that Mattis and Kelly fall into that category. Only time will tell.
It is going to be interesting though watching the infighting after our SIC takes office. I wonder if our SIC knows that when appointing so many retired Generals, rank does matter to these people. Flynn who will have the closest spot to our SIC’s ear is the junior officer of the three.
That could make for some interesting fights. It will be interesting if the other two “pull rank” on Flynn when it comes to final decisions. I bet Flynn comes up with some wild conspiracy theory about how Mattis and Kelly will be “out to get me”.
This could all be comical if it wasn’t so serious. I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust our SIC. Nor am I thrilled with his choices for his cabinet so far. As a veteran, I really do fear for the future of our country under this clown. I hope I am wrong for all of our sake.