Can you think of anything worse than a guy who faked a disability to avoid wearing his country’s uniform during the Vietnam War who then turns around and complains about those who did serve in the military? (Perhaps that is why when he uses the word “fake” I recall what a fake his is.)
Here is another one of his classy statements he made in late February on Morning Joe: “Well, I’ll tell you what, I don’t mind fighting, but you have got to win and number one, we don’t win wars, we just fight, we just fight. It’s like a big — like you’re vomiting, just fight, fight, fight. We don’t win anything. I mean, if you’re going to fight, you win and you get back to rebuilding the country. We don’t win. It’s really a terrible thing. I mean, our country used to win all the time. We don’t win at all anymore.”
That everyone who has worn a uniform is not insulted by such a remark from a faker shows how many people have sold their souls to the Pipe Piper of Mar-a-Largo. First of all he does mind fighting. He had his chance and faked his way out.
Second, the man is oblivious to history. Our military has been winning constantly in any war we entered in over the last 40 years. Where we fight we win. That is the job of our military. Only someone oblivious to our success and looking for cheap shots at our brave men and women in uniform could suggest we fight and don’t win. We have the best fighters in the world led by the best leadership. Did Trump forget he has some of those men on his staff?
The idea of us not winning is not because of our military but because of those who are supposed to plan for what happens after our military does its job. We have not been defeated in any war other than in Vietnam. That defeat was more the fault of the politicians especially that gross LBJ than anyone in the military. Speaking of LBJ two things come to mind: first, both he and Trump are thin-skinned, vain, foul-mouthed, vile braggarts.
The other thing to note is LBJ too all but ducked the military as a Congressman serving for 5 weeks during WWII. But worse than that, he was awarded the Silver Star by General Douglas McArthur for being a passenger on a B24 bomber as an observer. None of the crew got even a hardy handshake while the vile LBJ was commended for his bravery under fire when he just sat there. The bomber had mechanical difficulties and returned to the base and at some point, according to some, it came under fire from Japanese aircraft. According to others it never left the base.
LBJ, another faker, was in as much danger as Trump was of being shot at by the Viet Cong on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Don’t be surprised if Trump is awarded a military medal for bravery as he sits in the dining room at his Florida golf course. He may not be good at fighting but he can certainly brow beat the generals into giving him one. He, too, like Johnson would wear it on his lapel believing that he deserved it.
One other thing: his National Security Advisor, McMaster, in talking about LBJ described Trump to a T. He, “revealed a real propensity for lying. Both Lyndon Johnson’s self-doubt and his willingness to forgo the truth would color his relationship with his principal military advisers and shaped the way the United States became more deeply involved in the Vietnam War.” Are we on our way to another Vietnam?
Aside from the hypocrisy of D.Trump’s avoiding serving and criticizing those that do, a greater question remains: what does he mean by winning? It would be nice if he could set out what he would have done differently in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Lybia, Yemen, or Syria than what was done in the past? Sadly, he has no clue.
Many suggest those ongoing wars are Obama’s wars. Fine, we will ignore that they were handed over to Obama by Bush. But those many have to admit that Obama has handed them over to Trump.
Trump is now in control of these wars. These are Trump’s wars. He whines about how they have been handled by others. He tells us he is going to win them. It would be nice if he tells us how he is going to win them?
What will a win look like in those lands with a multitude of ancient grievances? As we saw in Iraq we easily defeated its army but had no idea what to do then. As for Trump, he’s already had one go at winning. It was a botched raid in Yemen which he approved over dinner and may have been tweeting while our troops were engaged in a battle where one lost his life. What did he do after that: he blamed the generals or Obams, take your pick. No, “the buck stops here” for D.Trump. It’s typical of a guy who’d fake his way out of the draft, he blames others.
The Trump voters got their man. Let us see how he handles the wars. Let us hope and pray that it is not like LBJ who cared less about the deaths of our troops but only about himself and orchestrated the war with an eye on his political future. .