Donald Trump is creating consternation yet again, and it did not all come from the speech that he gave on Saturday evening in Texas. On Sunday, Donald Trump traveled from Conroe to Houston, TX, appearing at a conference that was hosted by his son, Don Jr.
During his speech, the former pres. blistered General Mark Milley, describing Milley with a colorful expletive while also talking about the disconnect that happened when withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.
There will be those who do not like the language that’s used here, and I do understand that, but when he is right, he is right. Gen. Milley has shown himself to be truly inept as a leader in the military. The way in which the withdrawal that turned into an evacuation from Afghanistan went down was a tragedy and mostly avoidable. In a rush to give Pres. Joe Biden a political win, Gen. Milley and others agreed on a plan of action that was destined for failure. Ultimately, it would cost the lives of 13 American troops and countless more Afghan civilians.
When Donald Trump mentioned $60 million in military aircraft, I assume he meant the recently obtained A-29 Super Tucano that the Taliban took control of. Or maybe he meant the ScanEagle drones or Black Hawk helicopters? While some fact-checkers will probably rush to argue the details, Trump’s point remains the same: Allowing weaponry such as this to fall into the enemy hands of a terrorist government was crazy.
Gen. Milley had a chance to be what he has always claimed he was, which is a principled defender of what is right. Instead, the moment Pres. Joe Biden got into the White House, he became openly partisan, attempting to ingratiate himself to the new administration. Gen. Milley spun wild tales about having prevented a coup, and he admitted to the possibility of intending to commit treason in connection with China. All of this to own Trump, of course.
Yet, when the mainstream news interviews stopped and reality came calling, Gen. Milley folded to the crazy demands of Joe Biden and his administration. He did not resign in protest the way he would have done while serving under Donald Trump, had he been ordered to do what ultimately occurred in Afghanistan. Instead, Gen. Milley went to the mic and gaslit America, refusing to take responsibility for what happened in Afghanistan.
So yeah, Donald Trump used some bad language in levying his criticism, but he is dead-on about Gen. Milley. U.S. military leadership is terrible from the top down. Today’s politics have taken priority over readiness, and the results of this speak for themselves. Worse, there has been no accountability at all. Until that changes, the United States will continue to be highly diminished and vulnerable on the world stage.