Trump at West Point makes yet another speech and two-hands a glass of water

Rutherfraud B. Trump’s second term will doom any third Reconstruction, but before then, military ceremonies prop up his uses of the armed forces in political campaign stunts. Bringing cadets back to campus was only designed for another IMPOTUS* photo-op, and some self-congratulations:

For the first time in 70 years, we established a new branch of the United States military: the Space Force. It’s a big deal.

In recent years, America’s warriors have made clear to all the high cost of threatening the American people. The savage ISIS caliphate has been 100 percent destroyed under the Trump administration, and its barbaric leader, al-Baghdadi, is gone, killed, over. And the world’s number-one terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, is likewise dead.

More signiificant is some disagreement from one former Army Secretary

You were taught to “take care of your troops.” Is that what the president does today in taking unnecessary risks with your lives? The president’s disregard of the well-being of those who serve under him is not limited to you on this day. This president has destroyed the reputations and careers of countless public servants, ambassadors, military officers and civilian alike, demoralizing and depleting the ranks of government and reducing its effectiveness. To use and abuse people in this narcissistic and unprincipled manner is the antithesis of leadership that inspires loyalty and devotion among those you are privileged to lead. Doing your “Duty” requires accomplishing the mission with integrity regardless of the cost to you. It means putting the interests of your people before your own. Take better care of our nation’s sons and daughters whose lives will be in your hands, than the President’s example demonstrates. Put their welfare and needs before your own, and you will be better able to accomplish your mission.

You were taught the value of “Honor” and to respond with an unequivocal “No excuse, sir!” when your personal or your team’s performance was substandard. President Trump frequently takes the rhetorical position that everything that came before him was a failure since transformed into “the greatest.” He also is quick to claim that whatever goes wrong on his watch is someone else’s fault for which he accepts “no responsibility,” even when these claims are plainly not true. These are not the values of the Cadet Honor Code. You will not succeed as a leader if you walk into your first unit as a braggart, excuse maker and liar. Accept responsibility and accountability cheerfully. Acknowledge when things go wrong and work to fix them. Develop a reputation for candor and honesty, and it will serve you well the rest of your life.

You were taught to put service to “Country” above all other purposes. Consider what upholding our Country and its ideals means at this moment when Americans across the nation are standing up to decades of oppression of African Americans with massive, nation-wide protests and civil unrest. What does this moment require of those who hold the sacred trust of public leadership? The president’s initial response was silence; then he saw political advantage in responding with an authoritarian’s heavy fist to try to quash the protests. He recklessly risked the military’s standing and reputation among all Americans by deploying soldiers and attack helicopters to confront largely peaceful demonstrators exercising their constitutional rights. It took the moral courage and leadership of senior retired military officers speaking out against the president’s misuse of our troops for him to pull them back.

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The depth and breadth of the U.S. Military’s contributions to our society are an everlasting inspiration to us all. I want to take this opportunity to thank all members of America’s Armed Forces in every branch — active duty, National Guard, and reserve — who stepped forward to help battle the invisible enemy — the new virus that came to our shores from a distant land called China. We will vanquish the virus. We will extinguish this plague.

I also want to thank the men and women of our National Guard who respond with precision to so many recent challenges, from hurricanes and natural disasters, to ensuring peace, safety, and the constitutional rule of law on our streets. We thank every citizen who wears a uniform in selfless service to our nation.

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Tomorrow, America will celebrate a very important anniversary: the 245th birthday of the United States Army. Unrelated, going to be my birthday also. (Laughter.) I don’t know if that happened by accident. Did that happen by accident, please? But it’s a great day because of that Army birthday.

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