Trump Administration: A Dereliction of Duty?

Digging themselves deeper, Trump’s White House staff have piled on Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) for telling the truth about the president’s unfeeling remarks to the grieving widow of slain Green Beret Sgt. La David T. Johnson for us to ask are we allowed to question them?


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.)

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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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  1. Here’s what I think. The USG has been over taken by greedy international conspiritors. Since at the latest 1905.
    I’ve yet to read McMaster’ but you just put it on my list. By now he has sold ouut too.
    There is so much money coming from so many directions into the pockets of our public servants, and they take it all, that anyone of them.will kill their mother, father, son, or daughter if told to.
    F them where the breath.
    We have not a government which serves the people. We are a universal joke. So sue me.

  2. When “Calm Down Dog” , publicly called men and women who do not serve, “pussies”. He proved he was not fit for civilian duty. He proved with that one glaring statement that his transition to civilian life and service to the public sector is a no go. Big shot generals do not tolerate scrutiny, they punish it. They do not open the floor for a vote, they demand results with harsh consequences. By my personal estimation, it would take far longer than two years for a Marine General to transition to civilian life, and most would never be able to do it. They gave a part of themselves to be who they are. The compassionate part. That’s the whole reason for the medals isn’t it ?

    • If we are to consider ourselves “the greatest country on earth”, then I don’t see how militaristic authoritarianism fits into that. Try that at home with your wife or husband and children. Let me know how you make out.
      It’s good to honor veterans, but don’t get carried away, or else you may get carried away. If you train a dog to bite trespassers, don’t be shocked when they bite the mail person.

  3. What we are currently seeing, is the reasoning behind the waiting period for ex-military officers to enter public office. The Mattis exemption glared and I immediately knew this was where it was going. Public servants in the offices under elected officials are no longer Military. They shed those shiny stars instead opting for a suit , and total public scrutiny. We need to remind people, that military training does not include very many skills to enhance a career in public office. It is the KILL department, not the maternity ward. It is the FORCE department, and not the “If we have the money” department. It is the absolute Blind Obedience department, not the “Well let’s take a vote on it” department. Killers are handy when you need them, and dangerous when you don’t. They don’t belong in high levels of civilian led government. They should have 3 month limits in their cabinet posts.

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