Worry rises in military over Trump's decision-making

  
Via:  krishna  •  2 weeks ago  •  8 comments

Worry rises in military over Trump's decision-making
A long-serving military officer put it bluntly, telling CNN "there is a morale problem," and senior Pentagon officials have privately said they are disturbed by the President's behavior.

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Navy Secretary forced out after Trump's war crimes intervention causes division and chaos in military


Tensions that have been mounting for months between some of the nation's most senior military officers and President Donald Trump are boiling over after his decision to intervene in the cases of three service members accused of war crimes.


A long-serving military officer put it bluntly, telling CNN "there is a morale problem," and senior Pentagon officials have privately said they are disturbed by the President's behavior.


Dismay in the Pentagon has been building over Trump's sporadic, impulsive and contradictory decision-making on a range of issues, including his sudden pullback of troops in Syria. But now there are new and significant worries, as multiple military officials and retired officers say Trump's intervention into high-profile war crimes cases cannot be ignored.


Fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer wrote Wednesday in a Washington Post op-ed that Trump's intervention was "shocking and unprecedented. ... It was also a reminder that the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices."

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Fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer   wrote Wednesday in a Washington Post op-ed   that Trump's intervention was "shocking and unprecedented. ... It was also a reminder that the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices."


Trump had upped the ante at a rally on Tuesday by issuing an   extraordinary declaration   that he took action in the face of "deep state" opposition. In fact, senior Pentagon officials had been unanimously opposed to the President's intervention because they believed it would undermine military discipline and order.

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Krishna
1  seeder  Krishna    2 weeks ago
The President's comments and his intervention -- at the urging of Fox News commentators -- reflect another worry among military leaders that Trump continues to be influenced by the network in ways that encourage him to politicize the military, an institution that is meant to stay above the political fray.
Top military leaders say they are concerned about Trump's divisive rhetoric and politicization of the military.
They also tell CNN they worry the President's mercurial management style -- often expressed through tweets -- may be undermining national security by making military planning increasingly difficult.
 
 
 
Krishna
2  seeder  Krishna    2 weeks ago

At least two senior military officers were reluctant to appear alongside Trump at events in recent months, because of unease that he might make partisan political remarks while they were present. CNN has been asked by sources close to both officers not to identify them or the events involved.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
2.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Krishna @2    2 weeks ago

asked by sources close to both officers not to identify them or the events involved - yeah, I know - the silent mafia, eh?

How 'bout if all of them read this little missive from years past - 

"Section 2

1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
3  Dean Moriarty    2 weeks ago

Yeah I really didn’t expect CNN to run a story about the thousands of people in the military that agree with Trump. 

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
3.1  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  Dean Moriarty @3    2 weeks ago
the thousands of people in the military that agree with Trump. 

try millions

I'm off and on two airbases in my area a lot.  have not met even one person on either of those bases who did not love trump.

I'm sure 1 or 2 exist.. but they can not be found.

cheers :)

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
3.1.1  Dean Moriarty  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @3.1    2 weeks ago

I believe you far more than CNN with their unnamed sources. 

 
 
 
Krishna
3.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Dean Moriarty @3    2 days ago
Yeah I really didn’t expect CNN to run a story about the thousands of people in the military that agree with Trump. 

Well, admittedly CNN has a leftist bias.

But I seen various stories, from various sources, about how much support has slipped.

So how about...Military Times? Hardly a Socialist front organization! (And much more in tune with the feelings of ouyr military then any mainstream media publication, be it of the left or the right):

Election 2018
Support for Trump is fading among active-duty troops, new poll shows
How do troops feel about President Trump? The results from the survey, conducted over the course of September and October, suggest a gradual decline in troops’ support of Trump since he was elected in fall 2016, when a similar Military Times poll showed that 46 percent of troops approved of Trump compared to 37 percent who disapproved.
That nine-point margin of support now appears gone.
If you'd like to check for yourself, here's the LINK

 
 
 
Krishna
3.2.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @3.2    2 days ago

And BTW, another thing the article in Military Times has found:

The new survey results also show sharp divides within the ranks. Enlisted men show Trump the most overwhelming support.

Officers still have a lower opinion of his presidency than enlisted troops.

Actually I wasn't surprised that officers were considerably less supportive of Trump than enlisted men were. 

 
 
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