Professor French, thank you so much for posting this important commentary! As a former military wife, and having grown up in a military family, it is difficult to believe that any soldier or commissioned officer could ever be proud of or salute this President. Thank you!
I try not to be political in this blog, but I cannot be silent.
President Trump has a history of attacking service members and their families, which gives the lie to his claim that he supports the military. He attacked Senator McCain, a gold star family, and now Admiral McRaven, a former Navy Seal and special operations commander, who lead the attack and capture of Osama bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader and one of America’s greatest enemies.
Trump is a man who avoided military service and who places self-interest above all else. Admiral McRaven, conversely, has lead a life of serving the United States of America. I am not concerned with the Admiral’s political views. I respect him no matter if conservative or liberal. He served the country honorably.
To paraphrase Joseph Welch, whose opposition to Senator McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings helped end McCarthy’s cruel, unAmerican, and tyrannical…
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