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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.
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!
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.
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.

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.
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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