☆☆☆☆  Defense Secretary And Honored Gen. James Mattis
T-RUMPS  former Defense Secretary, James Mattis — who had avoided criticizing Trump since resigning 17 months ago — issued a stinging condemnation of the Trump administration’s response to the protests. “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try,” Mattis told The Atlantic. “Instead he tries to divide us.”

Mattis suggested that Trump had made “a mockery of our Constitution” by using the military to break up a peaceful protest so he could stage “a bizarre photo op.” Mattis was echoing criticism from other former military leaders who have also rebuked T-RUMP.

T-RUMP responded on Twitter by calling Mattis,  “ The world’s most overrated General ”.  He further said  I didn’t like his leadership style or much else about him, and many others agree.  I’m Glad he is gone!  

A)  And as usual the Fuehrer did not
state who these other folks were who agreed with him,  because there aren’t any,  just another lie and more of T-RUMPS invisible made up friends, he doesn’t have friends only those who fear him because he is a psycho. 

B) I have met General Mattis on many occasions and he has more American Hero in him than the draft dodging moron, his family and his cabinet of losers combined adding all his ex-members of the T-RUMP club in jail to the mix and his communist friends and murderers.  

C) T-RUMP is about the most divisive human being on this earth and quite mentally impaired.  Don’t tell me how successful he is when 120,000 Americans died during his tenure from gun shots and 205,000 have died from COVID-19.  The presidents job is to protect the United Staes and it’s Constitution, he has failed miserably, the worst in history.  He has enriched himself, he has no honor and not worthy of commenting on anyone.  

☆☆☆☆  Gen. John Allen, And Former Chief Of Staff
Now president of the Brookings Institution, also focused his criticism on the president’s threat on Monday to deploy the US military against protesters, and his use of force against a peaceful demonstration outside the White House so that he could be photographed holding a Bible in front of a church.

“The slide of the United States into illiberalism may well have begun on 1 June 2020. Remember the date. It may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment,” Allen wrote on the Foreign Policy website.

His commentary followed a similarly stinging denunciation on Wednesday from Trump’s first defense secretary, James Mattis, who described the actions taken on Monday in front of the White House as an “abuse of executive authority” and suggested that Trump and other officials should be held to account for making “a mockery of our constitution”.

A retired four-star Marine general on Wednesday excoriated President Donald Trump’s threats to use the military on protesters and his controversial church photo op on Monday,  writing that his actions “  may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment.”

Gen. John Allen, the former commander of American forces in Afghanistan and former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS under the Obama administration, wrote in an op-ed for Foreign Policy that  “to even the casual observer, Monday was awful for the United States and its democracy."

"Donald Trump isn't religious, has no need of religion, and doesn't care about the devout, except insofar as they serve his political needs. The President failed to project any of the higher emotions or leadership desperately needed in every quarter of this nation during this dire moment,” Allen wrote.  I never believed that the Constitution was under threat until recently. And I have concerns about that. We should all be attentive right now to how the rule of law is being administered in this country. 


Defense Secretary Mark Esper ( Needs to Go, A T-RUMP Waste)
Even two of Trump’s own top military leaders tried to distance themselves from him. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that active-duty military troops should not be used to quell protests.   OK but

WASHINGTON – Democratic members of the House Armed Services Committee called it "unacceptable" that Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley have reportedly refused to testify on the military’s role in the protests over the death of George Floyd.

Armed Services Chair Adam Smith, D-Wash., requested Esper and Milley testify next week after President Donald Trump threatened to quell protests by deploying active-duty troops.

"Secretary Esper and Chairman Milley must testify on-the-record before the committee. The House Armed Services Committee made the request and it has been denied. That is simply unacceptable," said the committee's Democrats in a statement. “ It is the constitutional duty of the House Armed Services Committee to perform rigorous oversight, just as it is the constitutional duty of the Administration to be accountable to the American people." 

However, Chief Pentagon Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told USA TODAY, “Secretary of Defense Esper has not 'refused' to testify" and "The DOD legislative affairs team remains in discussion with the HASC on this request."

"In the meantime, DOD has committed to provide Army Secretary McCarthy, Army Chief of Staff GEN McConville, and DC National Guard Commanding General MG Walker to brief the committee next week on the presence of the National Guard in Washington, D.C. this past week.”

After some unruly demonstrations, Trump called  to "mobilize" federal resources to "stop the rioting and looting." He said the goal was to "dominate the streets."

Trump has bemoaned governors' "weak" response to the unrest, and said Monday in the Rose Garden that he would deploy federal forces where local authorities were not able to stop violent protests by threatening to invoke the Insurrection Act.

The Insurrection Act is an 1807 law that allows the president to dispatch the military or federalize the National Guard in states that are unable to put down an insurrection or are defying federal law. The act has been invoked in the past to confront the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction and to enforce desegregation in the South. President George H.W. Bush used it in 1992 to help California's governor respond to riots in Los Angeles. 

"Apparently, the Trump administration believes they have no obligation to explain their actions to Congress or respect our constitutional system of checks and balances," the lawmakers said in their statement.

The Democrats on the committee also demanded written answers to questions about the Pentagon's potential plans to use active-duty forces by Monday, and called for Esper and Milley to testify “shortly thereafter.”


☆☆☆☆  Gen. Mark A. Milley  — Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs 
And Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reminded commanders that members of the armed forces had sworn an oath to Constitution, which “gives Americans the right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.”

Trump has been the target of harsh criticism from political elites before, and it has never shaken his solid support among Republican voters.  I have called the rock solid Bundt party members of the GOP as dumb as the Hitler fans of the late thirties and that war which cost 60 million people to die.   But Trump does seem to be losing the support, at least temporarily, of swing voters.

NOTE:   Esper and Milley accompanied Trump to the church along with other officials. Neither had any indications of what the president had planned with the bible and the Church, they thought he was going to have a prayer call.  I believe both of them and others were not told what to expect.

As the area was being cleared, Trump gave an address at the White House where he threatened to send the military to cities that did not control protests. Military equipment was all over Washington, D.C., for much of last week, including a Lakota helicopter videoed flying low above protesters. There was a false statement by the AFL-CIO thats Milley and ESper knew what was going on.  Not True

 Publicity Stunt Attack By The Troops Was Ordered By Barr and T-RUMP
Washington (CNN)America's top general is apologizing for appearing in a photo-op with President Donald Trump after the forceful dispersal of protesters outside the White House last week, saying the move was a "mistake."

Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff also said that he was "outraged" by the killing of George Floyd and added that the protests it sparked spoke to "centuries of injustice toward African Americans."

"As senior leaders, everything you do will be closely watched. And I am not immune. As many of you saw, the result of the photograph of me at Lafayette Square last week. That sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society," Milley, said in a pre-recorded speech to a group of graduates from the National Defense University released on Thursday.

"I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics. As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it," he added.

While he did not pose for photographs with Trump upon arriving at St. John's Church, Milley, dressed in his combat fatigues, was captured on camera walking behind Trump as he moved from the White House to the church.

Both Milley and Defense Secretary Mark Esper have told colleagues they are distressed with the criticism about the walk to St. John's because it became a photo-op with political overtones. When asked if they regret being on the walk, one administration official close to both men recently told CNN, "Of course they do.

☆☆☆☆  Gen. Colin Powell Former Secretary Of State

Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that President Donald Trump has "drifted away" from the Constitution, adding to a growing list of former top military officials who have strongly criticized the President's response to the nationwide protests surrounding the police killing of George Floyd. "We have a Constitution. And we have to follow that Constitution. And the President has drifted away from it," Powell, a retired general who served under President George W. Bush, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

Powell said he’s "proud" of what a number of former generals, admirals and diplomats have said about Trump's response last week to the widespread protests, adding that he hadn't released a public statement denouncing Trump's response because he felt he had demonstrated his displeasure with Trump in 2016 when he voted against him.

The President's former Chief of Staff General Kelly said he agreed with Mattis. Retired General John Allen says the president's threat to deploy US military against American citizens -- quote -- "may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment."

I'm very happy with what General Allen said and all the other generals, admirals are saying and diplomats are saying. We have a Constitution. And we have to follow that Constitution.  And the President has drifted away from it. I’m so proud of what these generals and admirals have done and others have done.

And former Defense Secretary General Mattis said -- quote -- "Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people, does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us.”   

We are in turning points. I mean, the Republican Party, the President, thought they were sort of immune; they can go say anything they wanted. And even more troubling, the Congress would just sit there and not in any way resist what the president is doing. 

And the one word I have to use with respect to what he's been doing for the last several years is a word I would never have used before, I never would have used with any of the four presidents I have worked for: He lies. He lies about things. And he gets away with it, because people will not hold him accountable. 

And so, while we're watching him, we need to watch our Congress. I watched the senators heading into the chamber the other day after all this broke, with the reporters saying, what do you have to say, what do you to say?  They had nothing to say. They would not react.    

I assume, based on the fact that you approved Joe Biden when Senator -- then Senator Obama picked him to be his running mate in 2008, I assume you're going to be voting for Joe Biden?  POWELL: I'm very close to Joe Biden in a social matter and on a political matter. I have worked with him for 35, 40 years.  

And he is now the candidate, and I will be voting for him.

☆☆☆☆  Retired Adm. William McRaven 

William Harry McRaven is a retired United States Navy four-star admiral who last served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command from August 8, 2011, to August 28, 2014. From 2015 to 2018, he was the chancellor of The University of Texas System.  I met him at Socom.

Donald T-RUMP derided retired Adm. Bill McRaven — the Navy SEAL who led the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden — calling him a "Hillary Clinton fan" during an interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." He also said bin Laden should have been captured much sooner, though he did not explain how the Obama administration should have done so.

The president made the comments after Wallace asked him about McRaven’s criticism of Trump's attacks on the press.   Last year, McRaven, who did not make an endorsement in the 2016 presidential election, called Trump's lambasting of the news media possibly "the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime" during a speech at the University of Texas. A four-star admiral who retired from the Navy in 2014, McRaven also wrote an August op-ed article calling on Trump to revoke his security clearance after the president pulled former CIA Director John Brennan's clearance.

President Donald Trump needs to step up and provide America with the leadership it needs — or else someone better suited should take over as commander in chief, according to retired Adm. William McRaven.

McRaven, who oversaw the Navy SEAL raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, said the rhetoric and acts he witnessed at a change of command ceremony at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and an annual gala for the Office of Strategic Services Society reminded him “why our future may be in peril.”

“What struck me was the stark contrast between the words and deeds heralded at those events — and the words and deeds emanating from the White House,” McRaven wrote in an op-ed Thursday published in the New York Times.

The change of command ceremony, between two generals McRaven said he served with for 20 years, portray solid character and understand the gravity of their responsibility leading their soldiers and had confidence in American values they have defended during their careers.   

“They had faith that these values were worth sacrificing everything for — including, if necessary, their lives,” said McRaven, a SEAL who led Joint Special Operations Command before becoming the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command in 2011. He retired in 2014.Retired Adm. William McRaven said there is “nothing morally right” about clearing peaceful protesters amid national unrest following George Floyd’s death in police custody.

“Trust me, every man and woman in uniform recognizes that we are all Americans and that the last thing they want to do as military men and women is to stand in the way of a peaceful protest,” McRaven, who oversaw the Navy SEAL raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, said in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday.

“You’re not going to use, whether it’s the military, or the National Guard, or law enforcement, to clear peaceful American citizens for the president of the United States to do a photo op,” McRaven said. “There is nothing morally right about that.”

McRaven’s comments come as the Trump administration has taken heat after federal troops forcefully cleared protesters in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. so President Donald Trump could visit St. John’s church for a photo with a Bible on Monday.

The United States Park Police denied that they used tear gas and instead, claimed that they used “smoke canisters” and “pepper balls” after protesters “became more combative.”

Although pepper balls have different ingredients than tear gas, both are designed to irritate the eyes and respiratory systems and the CDC designates both of them as "riot control agents.” Media on the scene also reported witnessing only peaceful behavior from protesters.

 12-07-2020 aljacobsladder.com