No new wars: A frequent critic defends commander in chief

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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F-35 Joint Strike FighterThe leader of a military watchdog is expressing concern over an attack on President Trump’s record as commander in chief, a record that includes no new global conflicts and increased spending for the Pentagon.

Back in June, former defense secretary James Mattis (pictured below with Trump) wrote a scathing op-ed in the far-left Atlantic denouncing President Trump for what Mattis called a deliberate effort to divide the American people. Mattis specifically criticized what he called the misuse of the military to stop violence in Washington D.C. 

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, says Mattis' article falsely claimed what local authorities did to enforce a curfew.

“General Mattis said that he wrote his article in anger and I think many of his criticisms were overstated,” she recalls. “He really did overreact, I think.”

Trump and Gen. James MattisShe points out that others with military backgrounds, including Mike Mullen and Ashton Carter, are also campaigning against a second term for President Trump.

“But they're the ones who implemented the Obama-Biden policies that were harmful to the military,” she advises. “And they're not going to have to pay any price if this president should lose the election."

Trump, meanwhile, is ending his four-year term after approving increases in Pentagon spending while sticking by his “America First” philosophy that attempts to put U.S. interests above other countries. That view is reflected in the President’s push to remove troops from Afghanistan after nearly two decades of conflict, a demand condemned by his own generals as a "rushed" and "hasty" decision. 

German tanks on exerciseTrump has also continued his criticism of NATO allies who have refused to spend more on defense, an agreement that dates back to the Obama administration but went ignored until Trump took office. 

In a surprise video endorsing President Trump’s re-election, writer Ben Shapiro pointed out that Trump is ending his first term without engaging the U.S. in new a military conflict anywhere around the globe at the same time he approved the killing of prominent terrorism leaders around the globe, including Iranian general Qasem Soleimani (pictured below), while pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal. 

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime to not start any new wars,” Shapiro said, “which is kind of a big thing.”

SoleimaniAn analysis of the 2020-2021 Pentagon budget, by the far-left Slate, said Trump has given the U.S. armed forces more money to expand its “military presence” around the globe and to modernize the aging U.S. nuclear arsenal.

U.S. troops have also witnessed rare back-to-back pay raises of three percent, the Military Times reported in July.

In another not-so-flattering Times story, a survey of 1,018 active-duty troops found 49.9 percent have an unfavorable views of Trump. That is a big jump from similar survey in 2017 that showed a disapproval of 37 percent.

Despite those low numbers, the Times said, Trump is viewed more favorably by the troops than Barack Obama. 

Asked who they favor for president, 41 percent chose Biden and 37 percent said Trump. 

Donnelly says CMR is disappointed with the actions of Mattis, who has not endorsed Biden but whose words have been “weaponized” to defeat Trump. 
Mattis and other prominent military leaders should concern themselves with America's ability to fight and win real wars, she adds, not political wars that seek to discredit the current commander in chief.  

This story has been updated with informatin from a Military Times troop poll. 


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