January 04, 2019

Trump vs. “big mouth” retired Army generals: Who'll win?

Kurt SchlichterHost of Take That

Trump is in a fight with some retired generals, and the usual suspects are having their usual fits.

What should we think when generals start talking policy?

Should we defer to their expertise, or should we citizens insist on our right to determine our country's policy?

We've had generals for presidents, including Andrew Jackson and Dwight Eisenhower.

Look, I was in the army, and we like to think that the men and women who join up are naturally conservative.

And they are, but not in the way you'd think. 

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commented 2019-01-06 04:09:07 -0500
Or have we “conveniently” forgotten about the Nidel Hassan massacre at Ft. Hood in 2009?… The “buck passing” over many years of a Muzzie psycho like Hassan, and the inquiry results of how many Pentagon departments were corrupted during the 8 Obama years, is, or should have been a lesson for all of us… Any “generals” now speaking out about that little “inconvenient truth” and fact of history???
commented 2019-01-05 04:35:00 -0500
Generals and senior staff speaking out is indeed valid… As long as they also come clean about the Obama “Muzzie friendly” infiltration of the Pentagon during his 8 years in office…
commented 2019-01-04 21:39:12 -0500
Oh my God Kurt!
I LOVED-LOVED-LOVED-LOVED-LOVED-LOVED everything you said & how you said it. It should be basic training in civics.
I cannot appreciate you more after saying this. There’s a good chance I’d appreciate you less if I knew you & vice versa.
But I’ve never been more honoured to listen to what you just said.
I can fall down & die now feeling happy & fulfilled knowing you said the truth about the military & civilian life. Perhaps that’s a little far but its mostly the truth.
Thank you.
commented 2019-01-04 20:04:44 -0500
Good point, Kirt. Generals should stick to what they know. Setting policy isn’t in their job description. And we are the boss when it comes to government workers which includes the military because WE pay them. We admire the sacrifice military personell make but they have no right to tell us how to live.
commented 2019-01-04 14:36:33 -0500
Retired Generals should have the right to speak out like any other citizen. The many years of education, dedication and hard work it takes to reach General rank should not be squandered and we should listen to what they have to say in retirement, even if it does not echo current government policy. It is interesting to note that the Rebel was behind Canada`s retired Air Force Generals when they spoke out against Trudeau`s disastrous new fighter program so the same standards should apply when retired American Generals criticize the equally disastrous Trump military policies. As for Trump speculating that he knows more than his Generals and would probably have made a good General himself, it is to laugh.
commented 2019-01-04 13:36:51 -0500
Generals who become involved in politics should be fired. How can a General make military decisions if he is openly against his political leader, who has ordered him to do battle.
commented 2019-01-04 12:33:14 -0500
When I hear generals commenting and passing judgement on government decisions, I feel uncomfortable. The US president, no matter who it is, is the commander of the military and the generals take orders from the president. If they were still serving, it is insubordination. When retired, it feels like a cold hand of mutiny in the back of their minds. Better to shut up and write about their life than to presume authority.

As a private citizen they have a right to speak their mind, but putting their rank before their name, unless running for office, shouldn’t be done.