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November 26, 2018 · OPINION

A pattern of consistent lack of respect for military

By Max Hall

Army will play Navy in football on Saturday, Dec. 8, and as a grad from West Point, I’ll be rooting for Army to beat Navy for a third year in a row. Outside of that game, I’m a big Navy fan and support our sister service across the board.

With that in mind, I was again appalled, but no longer surprised, when our president slammed Admiral William McRaven recently in the press. His sins? Not finding Osama Bin Ladin quickly enough — it wasn’t his job — and allegedly voting for Hilary Clinton.

Never mind that Admiral McRaven has denied voting for Clinton. The president said he did, so it must be true. This of course follows the course of his disagreements with and denigration of John McCain, a career Navy officer and former POW. (“I like people who weren’t captured.”)

Also recently, our president showed his continued disrespect for our veterans. He didn’t attend the ceremony in France honoring Marines who fell at Belleau Woods during World War I, “due to rain.” It was interesting to note that both Generals Kelly and Dunford had no trouble making it.

He also didn’t attend ceremonies at Arlington National Ceremony in honor of Veterans Day. His reason? He was busy making phone calls. Of course it goes without saying that President Trump has yet to visit any of our troops in a combat zone.

Maybe it’s time we find a leader who will respect our veterans, and our active duty military. Our current president apparently doesn’t respect either.

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workhardgetahead · December 17, 2018 at 12:50 pm
Rover 530, you are completely clueless. If you were an informed voter would know Trump has increased military spending. The military is getting over 700 Billion dollars this coming year. If he hated it he would of decreased spending like the Military haters Obama and Clinton.
Rover 530 · December 16, 2018 at 10:52 pm
Trump hates he military because he knows he was physically inadequate and cowardly to serve during a time of war and secretly knows veterans are superior to himself and he fears them.
workhardgetahead · December 10, 2018 at 2:43 pm
anyone who says that aren't Republicans any longer due to Trump being president all I can say have fun voting for the Ocasio Cortez types. Trump has made it a priority to strengthen the Military and borders and lower taxes. Seems to me that's what Republicans want. I get it, Trump has a big mouth but he gets it done he was the Firewall that prevented Hillary Clinton from becoming President. Thank the almighty for that.
nonewtaxes · December 1, 2018 at 12:31 am
They aint many facts to be found. That's the purpose of a cover up.

What are the facts?

He was on the carrier.
He was in his jet.
He had a reputation as a maverick.
He was whicked away from the carrier right after the event.
He father had big pull in the navy.

Its far more likely he is responsible for it than not. I don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
MissB · November 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm
Your statements about McCain being responsible for the fire on the carrier are incorrect. He was not the cause of that incident. Check your facts at Snopes and Politifact.
nonewtaxes · November 29, 2018 at 1:19 pm
John McCain, the Maverick who launched a missile on the deck of a carrier killing fellow sailors? This is the hero you defend? Lucky his father was a big wig or he'd still be in the brig.

As a member of the military you pledge to uphold the Constitution. What better way to do that then appoint a judge that will decide cases based on the constitution and not politics. If there are no left or right judges why are votes along party lines?

Is the military better or worse under Trump vs Obama? You'd point out Trumps lack of service but what about Obama? When did he serve? Bigger point yet, you insinuate that military service is required to be a good president/commander in chief yet no such requirement is in the constitution. So, as a member of the military, do you defend the constitution and accept that military service is not required or do you think the consitution is wrong?
Guns save lives · November 29, 2018 at 9:31 am
White tears ? Sorry I dont speak ghetto hipster talk.
Melrose Carter · November 28, 2018 at 3:59 pm
Guns save Lives - 'Do we have to take time out in order to indulge the white tears?'
Demosthenes · November 27, 2018 at 11:19 pm
I'm not sure that our military is stronger in any meaningful way today. How do you measure that, beyond gut feeling?

Even if it is true, though, I suppose that is a good thing since our president approaches diplomacy like a bull in a china shop.
martinkus · November 27, 2018 at 9:45 pm
Trump is a con artist who will do anything (ethical or not) to "win." He is, in my opinion, similar in many respects to a certain lunatic who was gaining power in Europe just before WWII. Sad! I used to be a Republican but, when Trump "hijacked" the party, I left. There is no Republican Party, only sheep following the Tyrant-in-Chief. What an embarrassment he is!
Guns save lives · November 27, 2018 at 7:16 pm
Libs can lie and cry all they want ..Trump will win again and 2020 ..

Our millitary is stronger and better off with trump , over the Kenyan..

We can only pray y'all realize America first is for American, not the Hollywood scum and illegals who have turned dems that used to be honest people onto trash.
USN Vet · November 27, 2018 at 11:44 am
Max, I agree with all of your points concerning our current president. As a veteran, I find it impossible to support a man who, at every turn, has chosen his own best interests over those of his country and who has shown nothing but disrespect toward those who have served and those who are currently serving in the military. Beginning with his own evasion of service via his cowardly "bone spurs" deferment (one of five deferments he received), through his denigration of the truly heroic sacrifices made by John McCain, his lack of empathy for gold-star parents, and on to his latest displays of disrespect to veterans (i.e., his refusal to pay his respects in France to those who served and died in World War I and his failure to honor the fallen on Veterans Day), Cadet Bonespurs has shown he is no friend of the military, but rather one who uses the military as a prop in his show of faux patriotism.

My only disagreement with you is in regards to the Army-Navy game. Navy has let Army have its two wins in a row to balance out the fourteen straight wins over the 2002-2014 period. It’s time to get back to a “normal” thrashing of Army by Navy.
JohnnyD · November 27, 2018 at 10:46 am
F&B- here is your homework. There are many other articles if you desire to look. Sad you want all my money for taxes and I still have to do your research.

Also it's ironic how some on this site slam the right wingers for not using their real name, but make no comment about left wingers like yourself doing the same. Another discussion for another time but it proves that hypocrisy is thriving.

Make it clear, I am not a Trump supporter. I am tired of the media hypocrisy that allowed the smooth talking Obama (whom I voted for in 2008) to do as he wanted with little coverage. Yet they slam the non-politician guy, who got elected and stopped the potential denigration of our Constitutional Republic, for every little thing. All politicians should be given the same coverage.

Trump has done what he needed to do by beating Hillary. Impeaching Trump may happen if he doesn't learn to stop tweeting and become a respectable President, he is getting closer to really stubbing his toes everyday with his tweets.

However, that will not make Hillary the President. Perhaps he needs to step down, let the politician Pence take over, and appoint an african american like Ben Carson or a woman like Sarah Palin to the VP. Then what will the far left complain about?

There is a reason we have elections every 4 years. We used to all come together after the election until the next one. Unfortunately the far-left wingers have set the new standard for acceptable behavior if your party suddenly loses. So sad, because a divided country can easily lose its freedoms.

Hopefully the DNC will allow all the good candidates you listed to compete in 2020, and not just tell the populace who their leader will be. (Except Cal. Governor Jerry Brown. Remember in 1975 as a young governor he did everything he could to keep the Vietnamese refugees from coming into California, because he knew they would vote Republican? Then re-elected he opened the doors to refugees he knew would vote Democrat. We need to clean the hypocrisy out of our government, not promote it.)

Remember the airport runway meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch? Then the next day FBI director James Comey announced the results of a separate FBI investigation involving Hillary Clinton on 5 July and concluded that "there is evidence of potential violations of criminal statues covering the mishandling of classified information" but they decided not to pursue it any further. Not hard to figure why she has not faced any trials.

I'll leave you with this, one of many stories about the corruption Donna Brazile discovered upon taking over the DNC from Wasserman Schultz. As I said; the democrats have no one but themselves to blame for Trump being in office.
Silii · November 27, 2018 at 8:25 am
Let's not forget his deplorable attitude and ugly, nasty behavior towards Gold Star mothers and families. And, if he's so smart, as he claims he is, why hasn't he ended our 17 year involvement in Afghanistan? And, really, Hillary is part tense but Trump and supporters just can't let go and live in the present with a totally incompetent fool in the White House.
FairandBalanced · November 26, 2018 at 10:47 pm
Demo! Cheap shots sometimes yield a knock out. Stay out of this. You don't have the brain power. Go back to cutting hay and make sure to vote.
Demosthenes · November 26, 2018 at 9:25 pm
A bunch of crazies on here taking every opportunity to get in cheap shots...

Max - You wrote a great opinion piece. I don't mean to disparage Fauquiernow at all, as they are a great source for local news, but I hope that you try to send this to a larger paper with a wider audience.
FairandBalanced · November 26, 2018 at 8:10 pm
You best move on. You have no evidence. No factual collaboration. No handle of the events. No itemization of the events or causes. Move on. But, if you are interested and want to do the 'homework" follow Beto O'Rourke in Texas. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former HUD secretary Julián Castro, California Gov. Jerry Brown, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.), former Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (Ill.), New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Maryland has John Delaney. Ohio has Sherrod Brown. So many good folks. Tough call!
JohnnyD · November 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Haha! Now you want me to do your homework for you? If you haven't heard about any of these it certainly explains a lot.

I don't have time to get into all the Hillary Clinton scandals. She's definitely smart enough to get rid of potential evidence. Please explain how Madam Secretary, that you are so proud of, handled Benghazi. I want to know our ambassadors and staff are safe and protected, not subjected to being drug thru the streets and publicly tortured to death.

I'm moving on. I just hope the DNC can produce a plethora of good candidates to choose from in 2020. If you're representative of their ability to only whine and cry about the current President, instead of assuring good changes, that makes it unlikely.

Melrose Carter · November 26, 2018 at 7:35 pm
GSL- The fact that you use your racism and lack of education, forcing you to use obscenities to make a point, is far more concerning then my dislike and lack of respect for the current POTUS.
FairandBalanced · November 26, 2018 at 6:56 pm
btw, jD, where are you getting your information about people's past movements? I had no concerns when President Obama was in office. IRS attacks on political opponents when President Obama was in office? Tell me about that. When did that great President allow these present day kind of historic deficits? Please tell me of what corruption, crime or misdoing Secretary Clinton has been indicted or convicted? Lord knows in such a sweet little time the current president has had several people in his administration convicted of crimes and as of today sent to prison. More so have resigned under pressure....In that same time Madam Secretary remains untainted by criminal wrongdoing brought by third parties. Ha!
FairandBalanced · November 26, 2018 at 6:42 pm
I am not denying your main point. I don't think your main point is useful.
JohnnyD · November 26, 2018 at 5:57 pm
No problem with American politics. Big problem with dysfunction and corruption. You continually deny my main point; Trump would not be in the White House if it wasn't the corrupt Hillary running against him. Read Donba Brazille's book about the DNC she took over after their loss.

I am all about a free press. The masses just need to be aware they are not being told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. We are being told stories spin doctored by both sides. I miss the days of the news stories just being told and I could draw my own conclusions.

"nationalistic jingoism, anti-Semitism, exploitation, huge deficits, false information emanating from the national leadership, racism and supreme power grabs all lead to collapse and chaos, anger and hysterics, violence and the failure of national institutions." You are absolutely correct. Where was your concern when Obama made these acceptable practices? Just wait until Trump starts allowing the IRS to target political opponents. Oh, that's right; Obama had already done that to.
FairandBalanced · November 26, 2018 at 4:21 pm
My friend, jD, you seem to have a problem with American politics. And, the freedom of the press. Further, Secretary Clinton's foibles have nothing to do with this president's epic failures. You are right. History repeats itself. And the things the Cheeto has set place - nationalistic jingoism, anti-Semitism, regressive taxation, exploitation, huge deficits, false information emanating from the national leadership, racism and supreme power grabs all lead to collapse and chaos, anger and hysterics, violence and the failure of national institutions.
Guns save lives · November 26, 2018 at 3:37 pm
Your hatred for our great president is concerning.

Trump is more American and patriotic than that Kenyan piece of shit ever was.

Maybe you should look at killery and your own party for the trash y'all are.

JohnnyD · November 26, 2018 at 3:11 pm
F&B- sorry the truth bothers you so much. Perhaps you should start toning down your emotions so you can start facing the facts and fix the real problems.

For starters: At least Trump beat 16 other candidates in the Republican primaries. Please explain to me why Hillary was the only candidate backed by the DNC, and no others were allowed to compete in their primaries. (A quick look at what Bernie Sanders accomplished without their support can easily lead to an assumption she would have lost there.)

Oh, and I am not a Republican. I am an ex-Democrat and now a Libertarian. I do believe now we need a new party in this country that is neither far right or far left. I like the libertarian views and there is a reason more voters like me are turning to them and away from their traditional parties.

I do wish the people and media had been this intent on every little thing Bush Jr. and Obama did while in office. The reality is everyone needs to be as focused on Congress as they are on the President. That's where the real problems and corruption lie, and it involves both parties. Amazing how many members of the House and Senate can change their opinions and stances on something in an instant if lobbyists take good care of them.

History repeats itself; Rome failed because their Senate became so corrupt it could no longer function.

FairandBalanced · November 26, 2018 at 12:40 pm
that's funny JD. now you republicans are BLAMING the Democrats for Trump's victory ("...the Democrats have no one but their own party to blame for Trump winning..."). nothing more needs to be said.
JohnnyD · November 26, 2018 at 12:20 pm
First, this author obviously only reads and believes what CNN prints. Where were his comments on Trump meeting with the families of soldiers that were injured/killed? Perhaps he missed it because CNN doesn't report all news? They are as bad as Fox News in only reporting and spinning news that fits their agenda.

I would think a West Point grad would have better info collecting skills than that, but then there were recent pics of a West Point grad with a presidential slam in his hat. Apparently West Point has joined all the other liberal universities. Perhaps time to drop their tax payer funding...

Second, the Democrats have no one but their own party to blame for Trump winning the election. Had they let any of their other good candidates run against the corrupt, money-grubbing Hillary in their primaries; she would have lost then and Trump would not be President. America didn't necessarily vote for Trump, but against her and her agenda.

No one has been able to explain why the Clinton Foundation went from a wealth of $250M+ during her campaign to broke when she lost. Perhaps all the anti-Constitutional, pro-sharia law donors withdrew their contributions when her pay-to-play scam failed with her loss?

I hear that she may be their sole candidate again in 2020. Not surprising since the DNC has appointed a pro-sharia law man, with police records of beating his woman, as their vice-chair. The democrats need to wake up and clean the DNC.

This country has been divided by race, religion, class, and political affiliation for a reason. Enjoy your freedoms while you still have them.
FairandBalanced · November 26, 2018 at 10:58 am
I think it is hopeful Republicans and others who voted for Mr. T are now realizing they made a mistake. We Democrats realized from the very beginning of his campaign he was a liar, a coward, a traitor and was not going to make a good POTUS.
Melrose Carter · November 26, 2018 at 10:11 am
How can President T. (as he is now calling himself) respect something he will never be or do....honorable, courageous, self-sacrificing, loyal, or uphold the Constitution? Trump is a traitor and needs to be charged with treason.
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