Despite his efforts to pretend he cares about veterans and foreign policy, Donald Trump has managed to do little more than instill fear and anxiety in members of the United States military. The Huffington Post‘s Andy Kroll has been interviewing “dozens of people in the national security realm” about their feelings towards a potential “President Trump,” and the responses are far from positive.
According to Kroll, some of the words that have been used to describe Trump and his attitudes towards the military include “Terrified. Shocked. [and] Appalled.” Kroll also writes, “Never before, they say, has a candidate gotten so close to the White House with such little respect for the military.”
Robert Killebrew, a retired colonel who served for more than 30 years, said of Trump, “He completely misunderstands the military profession that he would head if he were the president.”
A former Marine infantry officer referred to Trump as a “fake-bake-ing chicken hawk” whose “knowledge of the Middle East could be trumped (sorry) by your average Georgetown sophomore.”
Michael Breen, who is the president of the Truman National Security Project and a decorated former Army officer described the terror that could ensue should Trump become President of the United States:
‘If you take the man at his word, we have a presidential candidate who seems to have committed himself to triggering what would probably be the greatest crisis in civil-military relations since the American Civil War.’
Kroll also describes in his article one of the most significant dangers of Trump being Commander in Chief: His unpredictability. In one of his biographies, Trump is quoted bragging about how his moves are “totally uncalculated.” He has also admitted that he gets “bored too easily” and that “probably [his] least favorite thing to do is maintain the status quo.”
What is even more frightening is the fact that Trump has a problem with things going well. In another one of his books he wrote, “Instead of being content when everything is going fine, I start getting impatient and irritable.” Kroll also quotes Trump’s former executive secretary, Rhona Graff, who recalled of Trump, “He really believed that having people fighting and in conflict for approval made them work harder.” Yikes. That kind of thing might work in business — although Trump is hardly the successful businessman he claims to be — but it is certainly not ideal for running a country.
Kroll also shared quotes from an interview he conducted with a 32-year-old Army reservist named John Ford. Ford shared with Kroll that many servicemen and women have struggled with deciding what they will do should Trump win the election, something that, unfortunately, is possible. From Ford’s perspective, and likely many others, the choice is either to quit or stay and try to fight back.
While it would surely be tempting to quit should Trump become Commander in Chief, Ford pointed out that quitting isn’t necessarily the best option:
‘If everybody who disagrees shows up on January 21 and says we all resign, well, who’s left? It’s the people who are not going to provide any pushback and who aren’t going to sit on actions that are illegal.’
This statement from Ford should ring true for many, and not just those who are involved in the military. It is easy for people to say that, should Trump become president, they will leave the country. However, when we say that, we also have to ask ourselves, if we leave, “who’s left?”
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