Monday, March 20, 2017

Knowing nothing about the military


And caring nothing for diplomacy, Precedent Shit-For Brains is ceding more control of military actions back to the military. This puts the authority to blow up other countries in the hands of people who are constantly looking for a reason to blow up something.
President Trump is shifting more authority over military operations to the Pentagon, according to White House officials, reversing what his aides and some generals say was a tendency by the Obama White House to micromanage issues better left to military commanders.

The change is at the heart of a re-engineering of the National Security Council’s role under its new leader, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, and reflects Mr. Trump’s belief that the N.S.C. should focus less on military operations and tactics and more on strategic issues. A guiding precept for the president and his team is that the balance of power in the world has shifted against American interests, and that General McMaster should focus on developing foreign and economic policy options in concert with the Pentagon, State Department and other agencies to respond to that challenge.

The new approach to managing military operations was evident this month when a Marine artillery battery and a team of Army Rangers — some 400 troops in all — arrived in northern Syria. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signed off on the deployments and notified the White House. But General McMaster neither convened a meeting at the White House to discuss whether to send the forces nor presented the Pentagon with questions about where, precisely, the troops would operate or what risks they might confront.

Though the streamlined decision-making has been welcomed by many in the military, it could raise questions about whether Mr. Trump, who has drawn heavily from current and former generals to fill key jobs in his administration, is exercising sufficient oversight.
When you spend most of your time playing golf, watching Fux Nooz or whining on Twitter, it is safe to say Shit-For-Brains is not exercising sufficient oversight and does raise questions about the intelligence of those who thought he ever could.

Comments:
As a retired soldier I used to think no one is more opposed to military action than soldiers, but I think I was wrong. When there is combat, generals get more money, and they get more medals, and they don't have to eat MREs, hike through the mud, or write letters of condolence to the parents and wives of their troops who got killed today. That's what lieutenants and captains do, and lots of them aren't staying.
 
As a retired soldier I used to think no one is more opposed to military action than soldiers, but I think I was wrong. When there is combat, generals get more money, and they get more medals, and they don't have to eat MREs, hike through the mud, or write letters of condolence to the parents and wives of their troops who got killed today. That's what lieutenants and captains do, and lots of them aren't staying.
 

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