Nancy Youseff of the Daily Beast has made some keen observations working in and around the Pentagon. She’s finding that, unlike the typical military atmosphere where politics mean very little, the Pentagon is a hotbed of people lamenting the very thought of Donald Trump — among others — as their Commander in Chief.
Youssef says Trump’s name can be heard echoing through the halls, the cafeteria and the common areas of the complex. There seems to be no attempt to quiet the fact that an overwhelming number of people who serve in our nation’s top echelon will quit or retire if Donald Trump is elected.
According to Youssef’s article:
In the halls of the Pentagon, there is a different plan afoot for the Trump presidency. Here, officers are privately contemplating what they would do should Trump become their commander-in-chief. And more often than not, they proclaim they will leave.”
Some of the quotes Youssef says she has heard include:
This is not the country I joined to defend.”
“I am turning in my papers.”
“I’m moving to a farm.”
It really isn’t all that surprising considering former top naval lawyer and retired Rear Admiral John Hutson told the Beast over the summer: “Personally, I hope no one will be called upon to serve under a President T… I can’t bring myself to type the words.”
Trump wasn’t the only GOP candidate to collect criticism from officers. In response to Ted Cruz’s plan to “carpet bomb” whole cities but use special forces to make sure the strikes are surgical, one service member said, “Did you hear what Cruz said? How the hell do we do prick point carpet bombing?” Another responded with, “Like we can just level a city.”
Chris Christie said we should be shooting down Russian jets. Marco Rubio, who can’t keep himself out of credit card trouble wants to be in command of the nuclear triad. Donald Trump said we should murder the families of terrorists because they’re allowed to murder us. The Republican response to everything is to build the military and kill. Kill, kill, kill. It’s sickening.
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