Posted by: maboulette | December 18, 2015




I recently read several articles about how those in the military are not too thrilled that Donald Trump might become their commander-in-chief. Plus, they are all talking about it when the military usually does not talk about the subject of the President.

Those career officers who are nearing 20 years are planning to retire if Trump becomes president while enlisted troops are just not going to re- up when their tours are up.

Speaking on the decommissioning of the USS Iowa, Trump said “We’re going to make our military so big, so strong and so powerful that we’re never going to have to use it. We’re going to have a president who is respected by Putin, respected by Iran.”

This it is not the first time that Trump has delivered a line such as this. In July while making a speech in Mobile, Alabama, he said “You know the thing I’ll be great at that people aren’t thinking? And I do very well at it. I am the toughest guy. I will rebuild our military. It will be so strong and so powerful and so great. It will be so powerful and so great that we’ll never have to use it. Nobody’s going to mess with us, folks. Nobody.”

The problem here is one that is philosophical. It seems that Trump’s philosophy of the military gives us and also those in the military insight into his background as a businessman. In Trump’s world, the more expensive the deal, the more interests and preferences are apparent.

With The Donald’s military plan is where we would “knock the hell out of Iraq’s oil fields in order to strike ISIS”. Then he wants to take over the oil fields and funnel all profits back to the United States, funds he would use to take care of veterans and their families.

But the Army Chief of Staff disagrees with Trumps plan on ISIS. Trump said he would only use ground troops to accomplish the mission. But that strategy might do more harm than good, according to military experts who have looked at this proposal – experts including the outgoing Army chief of staff who said that there are limits to military power and this plan has many limits.

A large part of ISIS’s revenue has come from sales of oil, but the terrorist group is mostly pumping oil out of refineries in Syria, not Iraq. They are also getting large sums of money from other terrorist countries to help them finance their attacks. The war on terror is extremely complex involving many aspects that all need to be handled in various ways.

In this world which is modern and where terrorism is a huge part of national security concerns, it is quite important that anyone seeking to run the United States needs to understand this. An ability to grasp this reality is the most important skill any person who is running for President needs to have.   Many in the military believe that a tough-talking business man is not suited for this job and something that comes with it – Commander in Chief.

These are just a few reasons why many of our military are not happy that Trump could be the President. This could cause a mass exodus from all our military services.




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