Backing Down, Quickly!

As a retired military Officer, I was REALLY surprised when Trump said something about the military, and then flip-flopped in less than 12 hours!
That was a new world record for Trump, who has changed many positions more quickly than John Kerry…but I digress…

Trump said that the military would obey his illegal orders to do more than waterboarding, and to kill the families of jihadists:

“TRUMP, in the debate: And — and — and — I’m a leader. I’m a leader. I’ve always been a leader. I’ve never had any problem leading people. If I say do it, they’re going to do it. That’s what leadership is all about.”

That is the problem with people who don’t know what they are doing. It’s not that Trump never served in the military — no candidates did — it’s that Trump went to military school and equates that with military service — Trump once said, “I always felt like I was in the military”

(For the record, I went to six years of military schools, and 26 years of military service — they are not in any way similar!)

The words that the military would do what he as Commander in Chief had ordered, had no more than left his mouth than he had to backtrack.

Letter to the Wall Street Journal: “I do, however, understand that the United States is bound by laws and treaties and I will not order our military or other officials to violate those laws and will seek their advice on such matters. I will not order a military officer to disobey the law. It is clear that as president I will be bound by laws just like all Americans and I will meet those responsibilities.”

Let me tell you why he backtracked — his military advisors had to tell him that many, if not most of his military officers would resign.

I served this nation for 26 years, Enlisted and Officer. I graduated from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and am a Combat Veteran, Qualified for Command of Submarines.

I would never have obeyed an illegal order, and most of my compatriots would do what I would have done — resign! 

We have an all volunteer military…a president would have to try to execute a war without many of his qualified officers if he oversteps his authority.

Trump backed down…example #7,236.

Bluster is not a policy. Insults are not a policy. 

Inexperience is visible!

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