Nov 24 2016
Awwww…mainstream media upset by all the retired military generals that Donald Trump is considering for his cabinet
On Thanksgiving Day, the Associated Press published a story raising eyebrows at president-elect Donald Trump for meeting too many retired generals about positions in his nascent administration.
Breitbart Though he has only actually given one ex-general a job, Retired General Michael Flynn, AP National Security writer Robert Burns fears Trump is becoming too reliant on members of the military.
“The military parade for Donald Trump has come early,” the AP says in its lead paragraph. “Two months before Inauguration Day festivities, an extraordinary number of recently retired generals, including some who clashed with President Barack Obama’s administration, are marching to the president-elect’s doorstep for job interviews.”
From there Burns goes on to wring his hands, saying that the “large number” of generals coming to Trump Tower “raises questions about the proper balance of military and civilian advice in a White House led by a commander in chief with no defense or foreign policy experience.”
The AP goes on to assert that Trump is considering all these generals because no one else wants to work for him. “The tilt toward military officials may reflect a limited pool of civilian options,” Burns insists. “Many officials from previous Republican administrations politically disowned Trump during the campaign, calling him unqualified. And Trump suggested he wouldn’t want many of them, as he vowed to ‘drain the swamp’ by running establishment figures out of town.”
So far, the only general the President-Elect has actually named to a position is Retired three-star Army general Michael Flynn, who has become Trump’s national security adviser.
Regardless, Burns worries that there are just too many generals in line for jobs. To “prove” the point, he points to a recent comment Trump made about his thinking on candidates for Secretary of Defense.
On November 22, Trump told The New York Times that he is thinking a general, perhaps Retired Marine General James Mattis, would do well as the next chief of the Pentagon.
“I think it’s time maybe, it’s time for a general,” Trump said. “Look what’s going on. We don’t win, we can’t beat anybody.” This comment, Burns says, shows Trump “favors a military mindset.”
“The appointment of too many generals to high civilian positions,” he warns, “could prompt fears that Trump is on a path to militarizing U.S. foreign policy or giving the military too much sway in decisions about war and peace.”
Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly: A Marine general with 46 years of service under his belt from Vietnam to Iraq, Kelly served as the commander of U.S. Southern Command from November 2012 until he retired in January 2016.
A former infantry Marine, he is the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to have lost a child in combat operations in Southwest Asia, when his youngest son, 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kyle, was killed in action in Sangin, Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2010.