This week, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, U.S. Press Secretary for the Trump Administration insisted we are NOT to question a 4 star-general even if he’s no longer serving in that capacity and actually serving in a civilian administration.
These shocking tyrannical statement harks back to Nazi-esque governing where you keep your mouth shut when the tyrants tell you what to think.
This event brought back memories and lessons in democracy presented in a book written by now Lieutenant General H.R. McMasters.
Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam is a 1997 book written by H. R. McMaster, at the time a Major in the United States Army. (He subsequently became National Security Advisor in 2017 after having risen in rank to a Lieutenant General.)
The book presents a case indicting former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his principal civilian and military advisers for losing the Vietnam War. The book was based on McMaster’s Ph.D. thesis at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dereliction Of Duty is a stunning analysis of how and why the United States became involved in an all-out and disastrous war in Southeast Asia. Fully and convincingly researched, based on transcripts and personal accounts of crucial meetings, confrontations and decisions, it is the only book that fully re-creates what happened and why.
“The war in Vietnam was not lost in the field, nor was it lost on the front pages of the New York Times or the college campuses. It was lost in Washington, D.C.”
—H. R. McMaster
McMaster pinpoints the policies and decisions that got the United States into the morass and reveals who made these decisions and the motives behind them, disproving the published theories of other historians and excuses of the participants.
A page-turning narrative, Dereliction Of Duty focuses on a fascinating cast of characters: President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, General Maxwell Taylor, McGeorge Bundy and other top aides who deliberately deceived the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the U.S. Congress and the American public.
McMaster’s only book, Dereliction of Duty is an explosive and authoritative look at the controversy concerning the United States involvement in Vietnam and it also gives a road map on how to question our government.
So read up and tell me how this lesson in government relates to the current attitude of the Trump Administration that we are NOT to question a military leader. Is this shut up and accept whatever they say okay with you? Or is that, in of itself, completely irresponsible and a dereliction of duty?
Let me know what you think
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