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Sun Jun 14, 2020, 09:24 AM

Why Trump loves the US military - but it doesn't love him back

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/13/donald-trump-us-military-generals-west-point
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Donald Trump attempted to solidify his bond with the US army on Saturday, delivering the graduation speech to cadets at the United States Military Academy and boasting of a “colossal” $2tn rebuilding of American martial might.

Trump’s West Point speech was studiously vapid, with only a modicum of partisan boasting. But the political setting crackled with civil-military tension.

When all else fails – and that has happened a lot – the president has embraced the flag and hugged the military. But these days the military is not hugging back. It stands to attention as duty demands, but as inertly as Old Glory, the banner which Trump has taken to fondling at public events.

The president likes to refer to the soldiers around him as “my generals” and “my military”. The possessive pronoun always jarred with the spirit of civ-mil rectitude, even before it became evident how literally Trump interpreted it.

Saturday’s ceremony at West Point was the embodiment of the president’s approach. More than a thousand cadets from the class of 2020 were called back from their homes to the campus, 50 miles north of New York City, despite the coronavirus pandemic, so Trump could give a televised speech.

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malaise Jun 2020 OP
empedocles Jun 2020 #1
SWBTATTReg Jun 2020 #3
paleotn Jun 2020 #2
PCIntern Jun 2020 #4

Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 09:40 AM

1. 'Old Glory, the banner which trump has taken to fondling at public events' - 'fondling'

Creepy

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Response to empedocles (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 11:58 AM

3. And people talk of disrespecting the flag, what is this when trump does his hugging and kissing of

the flag like he does? It's gross and to me, greatly disrespects the flag. Too many in our Country's history have died for the flag to be treated in this manner, especially by a gross, fat old incompetent fart like trump.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 10:26 AM

2. Those not in active service anymore....

are speaking for many of those in active service, who by law, tradition and honor cannot speak out. We don't do military juntas in this country.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 14, 2020, 12:02 PM

4. Depending upon what happens in the next

Few months, that may change

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