I want to start off with the same words, there waged a great battle on the front lines far in front of me which I knew about from the reports I received at general headquarters where I was stationed as a communications officer for the commanding general. We were provided hourly updates on the fierce battles taking place in the various zones out at our front lines. Like what we used to do with our battleships, the several zones facing the enemy were given names of states. It made it easier for us to place them. Washington was out to the far left, Michigan in the middle and Maine on the far right.
The general I worked for controlled all aspects of the battle which involved sending in additional reinforcements of men, adding tank or artillery corps as backup, controlling the air support, and providing the supplies and intelligence backup. We were busy, very busy, doing all this but the generals in the front lines up with the troops were equally busy with the added ingredient if being in danger and making orders that directly affected peoples lives and well being.
The pounding and fierce fighting, the wounded and the dying, the handling of the dead were all done by the line generals. Being in the fight they didn’t have time for niceties, There were sectors in the Washington zone where the fighting was the heaviest. For several days the general in charge called back with comments like”where the hell ‘s the air cover – is anyone awake back there – we need more ammunition – my men are being slaughtered and you’re sitting ion your asses telling war stories –get off the f-ing tanning beds and do some work”. Those receiving the orders knowing they were working hard resented them. They went to the commanding general to complain about it.
The commanding general listened to these complaints. He told his Vice General Mike Penny: “I think those generals at the front should be appreciative. When they’re not appreciative to me, they’re not appreciative to the army, it’s not right,” He then added: “I say, ‘Mike, don’t d anything for the general in charge of Washington; you’re wasting your time with him. Don’t call the general in Michigan. It doesn’t make any difference what happens.’ You know what I say: ‘If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call.””
Imagine a commanding general deciding on whether to help his beleaguered troops based upon the attitude of the generals on the front lines. Those in the most dire need complaining about a lack of resources are shut off from any help. Only those who appreciate him get the aid.
Then I realized why I had that dream. The words the commanding general used were those of Trump. Trump is predicating helping states based on whether they appreciate him. He has no regard for the suffering of the people in those states but only that their governor treat him as if he is personally doing him or her a favor by dispensing needed help.
Trump always wants people to suck up to him. He is using supplies and equipment that do not belong to him but to the American people to punish governors and their American constituents if they don’t pay due deference to him. What kind of garbage person would do that? This isn’t about him. It’s about the suffering and the front line aid givers.
Washington state and Michigan are in dire need of help as their hospitals feel the inability to properly deal with the influx of people infected with coronavirus. Their governors being on the front lines are desperately in need of help and complain about the lack of it. Trump doesn’t care, They won’t get anything unless they show their appreciation. What a low life Trump is trading off lives to please his ego.
Every day Andrew Cuomo tells us how much more help he needs from the federal government but assures every one Trump is a great guy. He plays the game because he knows if he doesn’t Trump will punish him and the people of New York. What a horrid situation we have where help is based on obsequiousness.
Send in the clowns.