Military Slightly Miffed As US Becomes Palestine

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The Fuhrer addresses the Boogaloo Boiz

[Editor’s note: It is not allowed to call for the assassination of a sitting US president.

Therefore I will merely suggest that I am somewhat surprised that Herr Trump has not (yet) ridden in a limo past a book depository nor has he sat in any opera boxes.

Furthermore, I might suggest that 400 million firearms in circulation does not one jot to keep you free if none of them are aimed in the right direction. </sarcasm>

The whole point of the seemingly unfathomable unrest in the USA is disturbingly simple: It is to turn into Palestinians every single American who isn’t part of the small number of insane Christian-Zionist brainwashed supporters of the incumbent ‘best thing to ever happen to Israel’ regime.

Yes, everyone who isn’t part of the Israeli-trained ‘law enforcement’ or ‘too patriotic to have a brain’ white supremacists, or part of the ‘end times give me a hard-on’ Christians of the military will soon become a Palestinian and will know what it is like to live in the Gaza Strip – surrounded by a wall and regularly subjected to random murders by bored racist thugs in uniform.

Ian]

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TRT World
Are the US protests widening the Trump-military divide?

Trump’s harsh rhetoric is not resonating well with the US military leadership, which is not willing to suppress its own citizens like in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When US President Donald Trump decided to walk to the Saint John’s, the Church of the Presidents, in Washington DC on Monday for a photo opportunity along with his cabinet members, scenes on the streets of the nation’s capital were chaotic – they resembled Iraq’s war-torn cities.

The images coming out of a protest site in the American capital, which showed the National Guard attacking protesters in order to clear the streets for Trump’s entourage, have irked the country’s top military brass.

If anyone ever needed to take a limo ride through Dallas….

The US military leadership has a history of cracking down on Iraqis, Afghans and citizens of other countries that are deemed as the enemy of the nation.

Many remember the famed lines from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, Full Metal Jacket, in which a diehard army officer attempts to turn soft-faced American men into battle-hardened soldiers with no mercy for imaginary enemies.

“The purpose of the military is to train soldiers to treat the enemy as inferior human beings or not human beings at all because that makes them easier to kill,” Sergeant Alan Kraus, a former Vietnam veteran, told the New York Times. 

This inferior ‘human being’ is your enemy….

Kraus thinks that that kind of training would create destructive results if the military were ordered to quell protests in big US cities now.

Many Americans, including the country’s top generals, remember tragic past scenes from the anti-war protests of the 1960s and 1970s, when National Guard troops were deployed against people in the streets or the universities.

In a May 4, 1970 file photo, Ohio National Guard moves in on rioting students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Four persons were killed and eleven wounded when National Guardsmen opened fire.
In a May 4, 1970 file photo, Ohio National Guard moves in on rioting students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Four persons were killed and eleven wounded when National Guardsmen opened fire. (AP Archive)

An unhappy military under Trump

In the face of all the criticism, the country’s top general, Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared to regret participating in the walk to St John’s.

“Every member of the U.S. military swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution and the values embedded within it,” Gen. Milley wrote in a military memo, emphasising the sacrosanct character of  “the right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.”

Other top commanders joined him, explaining their reasons in even stronger terms.

“I will never know what it feels like when you watch that video of Mr. Floyd’s murder. And I can’t imagine the pain and the disappointment and the anger that many of you felt when you saw that,” said Adm. Gilday, the Navy Chief, in a video he recorded at home.

“Every American should be outraged that the conduct exhibited by police in Minneapolis can still happen in 2020,” said Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force’s top commander, in a military memo.

Their moderate stances reveal a stark contrast to Trump’s heavy-handed approach, signalling a growing discomfort in the US military’s top leadership concerning some of the administrative policies.

The Pentagon, which has seen several different chiefs under Trump, does not seem to be subservient to a president, choosing to make decisions based on its own judgment rather than a political process where consultations carry crucial weight.

Like his predecessors, Mark Esper, the current Pentagon chief, who is also a former military officer, appears to have a difficult time with Trump.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper visits DC National Guard military officers guarding the White House amid nationwide unrest following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington, US, June 1, 2020.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper visits DC National Guard military officers guarding the White House amid nationwide unrest following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington, US, June 1, 2020. (Carlos Barria / Reuters)

“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire situations,” said Esper in a press conference at the Pentagon, rejecting Trump’s approach to deploy the US military in areas where police forces appear to be inadequate to quell the protests.

Trump was reportedly angry with him, and has been contemplating his removal. “As of right now”, Esper is still in situ.

But tensions between the Pentagon and Trump are only expected to escalate as more former top commanders come forward to express their opposition to the president’s moves.

Jim Mattis, the former Pentagon chief, and several former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, including Martin Dempsey and Mike Mullen, are among them.

“The relationship between the American people and the military — who they represent and serve — would be adversely affected if this was not handled very carefully,” Dempsey said in an interview with NPR.

The military appears to enjoy a high popularity across the US. Apparently, generals do not want to lose it at all.

A 2019 Gallup poll showed that more than 70 percent of Americans feel “a great deal” of confidence in the military, rating it the best public institution of the country.

 

Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. WRONG. This was US 172 years before Israel existed.

    This is US “Made Great Again”.

    #WelcomeToTheReservation.

    Native Americans are killed by police at highest rate AND serve in military at highest rate.

    And “Conservatives” like Drew Brees tell them they disrespect the military by peacefully protesting that killing.

    In a nation that was literally #BornInProtest!

    Trump’s Bible Belt base worships/serves Mammon and vilifies rather than speak up for the “least of these”.

    But hey, maybe justice & righteousness will… trickle down.

  2. “Many remember the famed lines from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, Full Metal Jacket, in which a diehard army officer attempts to turn soft-faced American men into battle-hardened soldiers with no mercy for imaginary enemies.” – TRT World

    Someone needs to remind the anonymous TRT World author that “Gunny” was a Marine Sergeant and not an Army officer.

    Reminds me of a story told in the BBC WW1 documentary from the mid 1960s. At the Battle of Belleau Wood a nurse at a casualty station noticed a uniform she had not seen before on a wounded man brought in. When she asked if he was an American, his answer was, “No ma’am, I’m a Marine.”