Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Daisy Two

And at least some 88 generals love him. No, I didn't miss this.

At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, John Allen marched on stage to martial music with a formation of other veterans behind and encouraged active-duty servicemen and women to vote for his candidate. 

The end of empire is in sight for us, if the planet lasts that long.

Part of the reason the U.S. military is venerated by the American public is that they are considered apolitical. The trust on which our system of civil-military relations relies is made much more difficult when veterans engage in blatant partisan politics as they have this election. It doesn’t matter who lines up behind which candidate. The near-term gain of public support for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton may result in a long-term erosion of the military’s standing with the American public. And that could be more dangerous than either of them.

Here's Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling saying that Trump is a moron. Slight paraphrasing there. This is on Trump's proposed order to the military to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS in 30 days.

The former commanding general decried Trump, calling his orders "simplistic" and insulting to individuals working to defeat ISIS.

"It shows a complete lack of understanding of the threat and the ways to fight it," Hertling said. "It's a sophomoric approach to elements of national security policy because if he's just calling in the military, he's missing the point that there are several other elements of national security that will help defeat ISIS."

I still believe that off the record he called Trump a moron.


  1. Trump has 88 retired generals and admirals supporting him, and Hillary has 95 retired generals and admirals supporting her. Is this a prediction of how the election will turn out?

  2. Unfortunately, the song War Pigs gets stuck in my head either way. I'm not ready to vote for Jill Stein yet, tho.