Admiral Mike Mullen: I cannot remain silent…

"Our fellow citizens are not the enemy, and must never become so," says Michael Mullen, who served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011

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Atlantic.comy It sickened me yesterday to see security personnel—including members of the National Guard—forcibly and violently clear a path through Lafayette Square to accommodate the president’s visit outside St. John’s Church. I have to date been reticent to speak out on issues surrounding President Trump’s leadership, but we are at an inflection point, and the events of the past few weeks have made it impossible to remain silent.

Whatever Trump’s goal in conducting his visit, he laid bare his disdain for the rights of peaceful protest in this country, gave succor to the leaders of other countries who take comfort in our domestic strife, and risked further politicizing the men and women of our armed forces.

There was little good in the stunt.

While no one should ever condone the violence, vandalism, and looting that has exploded across our city streets, neither should anyone lose sight of the larger and deeper concerns about institutional racism that have ignited this rage.

As a white man, I cannot claim perfect understanding of the fear and anger that African Americans feel today. But as someone who has been around for a while, I know enough—and I’ve seen enough—to understand that those feelings are real and that they are all too painfully founded.

We must, as citizens, address head-on the issue of police brutality and sustained injustices against the African American community. We must, as citizens, support and defend the right—indeed, the solemn obligation—to peacefully assemble and to be heard. These are not mutually exclusive pursuits.

And neither of these pursuits will be made easier or safer by an overly aggressive use of our military, active duty or National Guard. The United States has a long and, to be fair, sometimes troubled history of using the armed forces to enforce domestic laws. The issue for us today is not whether this authority exists, but whether it will be wisely administered.

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  1. The ‘bloody-inhumane’ restraining techniques developed and used on the Natives of Palestine, by the IDF/Police Forces of the Zionist Terror State of Israel, has been transferred to, and employed (put to the KNEE), by the Police Forces of the ‘Land of the Free’! Zionist murderous barbarity, on the Goyim’s NECK applied by the ‘Zionist TRAINED’ Goyim Police!

    • Deadly force to protect property is not supposed to be in the tool kit. In some of the earlier US race war troubles in the cities, all it took was for a few angry Black Panther guy with rifles to start sniping at some cops, and the demand for the troops quickly came in. And of course they are all dying to shoot a sniper, so you now have a hair trigger situation. And then you had situations were fires were started and then the fire fighters and police came there was a sniper ambushed. Now could these have been black ops deal by some alphabet orgs, or even special army units. Sure, but they also could have been angry young black men. But the bottom line the country wanted to see a strong reaction, and actually, it was political suicide not to. Does this have anything to do with dealing with the underlying causes. Of course, not. It is ‘welcome to chaos land’ where things can be exploited. And lastly, we got through it, have made great progress, 95% of black folks in Africa want to come here, and after 9-11 and the State Dept. worldwide poll, 90% of Muslims wanted to also come to racist oppressive America, yet hardly a soul ever mentions this anyone. It does not fit the narrative most people want.

    • “Deadly force to protect property is not supposed to be in the tool kit.” – Jim W. Dean

      For most of human history, use of deadly force to protect the property of the elites has been the norm. Is has not been that long since livestock thieves were hanged in the USA, and poachers shot or torn to pieces by dogs in Europe.

  2. If there was a desire and political will, these protests would smoothly come to naught. Just as we were not ready in the world for a virus pandemic, the United States was not ready for such large-scale protests. Well, pogroms-they always appear in parallel with civil acts of protest. This is a side effect. Everywhere. About connecting the army against society-I believe that this is the wrong decision. The army has completely different functions. The army can be used in more difficult situations, when it comes to the existence of the state. There have already been sad examples in our history of both our countries. That’s a lot of blood. Society needs a dialogue. Honest, open, and productive. Police reforms are absolutely necessary: take away their absolute power. Don’t take former military officers from hot spots to the police (there is a high chance that they have become sadists or are going crazy), re-create police academies (fuck the experience of Israel), make the police Ministry centralized, as in all countries, and don’t create a police mess separately in each state. Don’t turn the police into military. They have so much different stuff, equipment, like airborne division. Work to strengthen the positive image of the new police force. One problem is that the population has a lot of weapons, and the police are also shot at. I think about 100 cops die every year. This is a problem. I would never allow my Russian citizens to have weapons. In general, to be honest, you have such a lot of problems there, my dear Americans, that I do not know how you will sort it all out. But first: stop the pogroms and looting. If there are not enough soldiers to assign one to each store, ask Putin for help: we have a special branch of the army in Russia – stroybat (engineering troops). So there such beasts serve that they are not even issued weapons ))).
    Good luck!

    • And this circus gesture of the police and the national guard with getting down on one knee. This is what circus horses do in front of the audience after a performance. What does this curtsey mean? That they will continue to strangle the protesters? Or is it solidarity with the people? If there is solidarity, then take off your shoulder straps, throw your batons and badges and join the protests. Go to Washington. If you repent – fall on both knees and beg for forgiveness in front of people. America loves symbolism in everything. I don’t understand it. People in uniform shouldn’t do that. This is my personal opinion.

    • When we join the army, we take an oath to protect our country and people. This is an unbreakable oath. How can a soldier be forced to shoot at his own people?..

  3. As Trump and followers tend to tag anyone that disagrees with them as “the enemy”, and worse, then think they can use government resources to punish them, or worse, one has to take a fresh look at who the enemy might really be and why our massive security forces remain silent as to the elephant in the living room.

  4. He’s a Black man who was murdered by a White racist cop, not a kosher nostra. The Zionist terrorists are always there to place themselves as eternal and main victim ! David still wants to claim compensation ?!