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Open mouth, insert bone spurs

The Atlantic article about Trump’s attitude towards military members is all over the news today. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out. It will leave you gobsmacked. Parts of the accounts are being corroborated by the Washington Post, Fox News and other media outlets.

No one should be shocked by Trump’s dismissive attitude towards the military. But it is surprising that many in the military support him as enthusiastically as they do. That seems like it’s about to change because it’s not just what he’s said, which is stupid and calllous enough. It’s that this time, we’re beginning to see how Trump really thinks about the men and women in uniform. And just like the civil servants at the CDC, or the dedicated scientists working on vaccines and treatments for Covid, Trump sees soldiers, sailors and marines, as the hired help, regardless of rank.

Take this little snippet from WaPo that was corroborated today:

another scene:According to eyewitnesses, after a White House briefing given by the then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe Dunford, Trump turned to aides and said, “That guy is smart. Why did he join the military?”

The author of the piece, Jeffrey Goldberg, quotes people around Trump saying he genuinely does not have regard for people who died for their country, viewing them as having failed — and has even derided or at least not understood their decisions to serve in the first place.

That sums it up. He’s assuming that smart people don’t go into the military. Coming from a military family, I get more than a little peeved at that assumption. In my family’s case, the military was a way to get trained in a pretty technical field and also to get money for college. We aren’t all born with silver bone spurs in our mouths.

One thing I’ve learned from viewing a ton of YouTube videos on the royalty of Europe is that regardless of century or wealth, noble blood is no guarantee of intelligence, fighting abilities or leadership qualities. For every Henry V, there is a Henry VI. Well trained English longbow men, on the other hand, are indispensable.

History is repeating itself with Donald Trump and it’s not going to be kind. A take home message to future presidents will be: never surround yourself with too many generals and never think for a minute that they aren’t smart enough to take you down.

Their aim is true.