Do to my conscription into military service in 1968, I am and always will be a grunt, a ground ponder, a foot soldier. I spent 15 and 1/2 months serving in combat in South Vietnam. Operations were conducted from a “fire base” south of Saigon in Tan An provenance outside of the little village of Binh Phouc. My unit, the 2nd Battalion, 47th Inf. Division (Panthers) was a mechanized infantry unit and a artillery battery of 105’s. From this little slice of heaven we were tasked with conducting search and destroy operations to “pacify” the region of the Vietcong “gorilla” Army who were operating in the area.
During my deployment we never conducted missions that were not planned by the Army’s higher ups who in turn got their directions from the pentagon who had their mission perimeters defined by the White House. There is a euphemism about military service that every soldier learns, there’s a right way, there’s a wrong way and there’s the Army way. It is a non negotiable axiom. To ignore it will cost lives, yours included. You do what your told.
For a setting president or member of Congress to insinuate that anyone in the chain of command has Carte Blanche to act unilaterally and alter the timing or scope of the tasks assigned is uninformed, lying or both. Those brave soldiers tasked to take out Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein did so under orders as part of operations developed from the best information available. The Army way.
The commander and chief has a fiduciary responsibility to all military members on active duty and all veterans who served honorably. The man who holds the office of president of the United States of America has no idea how to fulfill his duties required of him by the constitution. He is a existential threat to the country and the world.
For your consideration.
“Why should anyone feel compelled to be subservient to a benevolent benefactor?
Put another way, what kind of mind demands to be worshiped for doing what came naturally?”