By Duncan Smith
Back when Barack Obama was president, Democrats and the Left were outraged when top U.S. military commanders either defied the then-president or spoke ill of his policies.
When it happened, they were screaming for those top commanders to be fired — and some were. For instance, then-Marine Gen. James Mattis, head of the U.S. Central Command who would go on to become President Donald Trump’s first defense secretary, was fired by Obama without even getting a phone call over differences in Iran policy.
He fired U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal after the top Afghanistan commander sounded off about various administration officials.
In fact, by 2013, Obama had fired or relieved 197 top U.S. military commanders. And why? Because, as Obama said after the McChrystal firing such behavior “undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system.”
But now that some military commanders including Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley, who apologized Thursday for walking with the president to St. Peter’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden is all for the military rebelling against the commander-in-chief because it’s not Obama anymore, it’s Trump.
In an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah, Biden made it clear he’s all for the military acting out against this president.
Breitbart News reports:
Host Trevor Noah asked, [relevant exchange begins around 16:30] 'Let me ask you this, and I know this is a strange question to ask an American politician, may be easier around the world, but have you ever considered what would happen if the election result came out as you being the winner and Trump refused to leave?'
Biden responded, 'Yes, I have.'
After a break in the video, Biden stated, 'I was so damn proud. You have four chiefs of staff coming out and ripping the skin off of Trump. And you have so many rank and file military personnel saying, whoa, we're not a military state. This is not who we are. I promise you, I am absolutely convinced they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch.'
‘Ripping the skin’ off of the duly-elected commander-in-chief? Seriously? What happened to the Golden American Rule of complete civilian control over the military?
First of all, this Biden-pushed lie that Trump is going to try to steal the election seems an awful lot like Democrat cover, considering that the Left always does what they are accusing Republicans of doing. But the notion that Trump wouldn’t leave and that the military would have to escort him out the door is preposterous.
And it’s not something any American should ever want to see.
If Biden does win and he does some things the military’s ranking commanders don’t like, what happens if they buck him? He’ll fire them, of course, as he should — commanders serve at the pleasure of the president, not the other way around.
But it’s revolting and just plain scary to hear a presidential contender gleefully cheer on the prospect of military commanders defying the president — any president. Because be careful what you ask for, Mr. Vice President…
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