By Duncan Smith
Can you say, ‘Duh?’
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, sent out a very political and, thus, inappropriate memo to the public earlier this week that was signed by every other service branch chief.
Basically, he called the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building “sedition” and an “insurrection” — words Democrats and #NeverTrump Republicans are falsely using.
In this context, they have very political connotations and in fact, are political descriptors; and, as it turns out, Milley’s opinion.
THERE IS NO BASIS IN FACT TO CALL WHAT HAPPENED JAN. 6 AT THE CAPITOL AN INSURRECTION.
So it goes without saying that troops are confused as to why Milley would say so, while going to remind the force that they are obligated 1) to obey lawful orders; and 2) uphold and defend the Constitution.
They know that. They don’t need to be reminded by a JCS chairman who has become political.
Active duty troops and military civilian leaders on Wednesday expressed puzzlement over an unprecedented memo from the Joint Chiefs of Staff that reminds service members that they are sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
The Jan. 12 memorandum was signed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, along with Vice Chairman John Hyten and the six uniformed service chiefs. The chiefs wrote in the letter that the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol was an attack on the Constitutional process. They declared in the memo that service members swear an oath to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.”
Last week’s actions in the Capitol “were inconsistent with the rule of law,” the chiefs wrote. “The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection.”
While not questioning the points in the memo — which included the declaration that Joe Biden will be sworn in as president of the United States — recipients and observers questioned why the letter was sent to the force.
“We’re not sure why that went out,” an aide to one service secretary told Just the News. “Ours is a highly trained, professional force. They don’t need to be reminded of basic fundamentals.”
“We already know this stuff,” one Marine Corps sergeant said. “People in my unit were saying, this must be a joke. If it’s not a joke, it’s an insult.”
Men and women of the U.S. military are some of the best-trained, most disciplined on the planet.
They don’t need the top brass telling them what their obligations are.
What we need as a country, however, is a lot less politicization of current events by servants of the people who also explicitly take an oath not to be political.
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