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Great Generals: not necessarily great politicians

Updated on February 25, 2017
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There is no honor in fighting a nuclear war. Only sorrow.

President Trump has been President of the United States of America for more than four weeks now.


The country is no greater than it was when he took office. Actually, we are in a decline upon the pathway that could have lead us to more honor and respect as a nation.

I find that I am very uneasy writing more about the situation within our beloved, The United States of America, given the Black Cloud that is hanging over us, and given the Evil that has caused us so much Grief for more than a year, because of the bitter presidential campaign that has left us divided as a Nation.

The shameful death of U.S. Navy SEAL, Chief William Ryan Owens, and the serious injuries that his team members suffers who were with him, at the battle in Yemen, is particularly detrimental to the moral and spiritual wellbeing of U.S. Special Forces personal as we move into the future. Our President, unknowingly, sent Chief Owens and his team into hopeless situation. The enemy knew that they were coming. The enemy was entrenched and waiting for the SEALS. No "element of surprise" existed on behalf of the SEALS. The SEALS cannot win a battle when "the deck is stacked against them." Nobody was working in the "Situation Room" to cheer them on. The President and his people was socializing during the time of the raid. What a pity!

Under the best of circumstances, when we have competent, effective, leaders in place, within the White House community, raids against Al Qaeda is very dangerous for troops on the ground. Inexperienced politicians get people killed.

This situation, involving the planning of the raid on Al Qaeda at their highly fortified camp in Yemen, created a situation that was worse than the mishap that occurred at Benghazi. Leaders at the White House made the incidence in Yemen occur. The situation in Yemen could have been prevented at the onset simply by not ordering ill-fated raid in Yemen in the first place. The raid on Al Qaeda's position in Yemen was a doomed-to-fail operation as the outcome of the operation shows us.

It was not the Navy SEALs fault that the operation went bad. Blame for the failure of the military operation lies at the top of heap with the "Commander in Chief." The President's hands are stained with blood already. For the first time in his life he is getting people killed. Women and children even.

Great leaders do not get their people killed unnecessarily. This raid was not a matter of "life and death." It could have been put off a little longer in order to get a better outcome.

I have been writing less and less, the last few weeks or so. I feel that a lot of what I have to say from this point forward is obvious to most Americans and other members of the greater global community everywhere. I will continue to write, however, whenever I can, because there are people around the world who like to read what I have to say. People like hearing me voice my opinion. People know that I value "ethical behavior" even though ethics are no longer highly appreciated or valued by many people in power in the U.S. Congress and in other "high up" places.

I feel sorry for Navy SEALS and other service members who will be put into "harm's way," unnecessarily, because of "lack of knowledge," and lack of experience "at the top." How many people will die because of this incompetence in leadership at the top. Who knows?

If leaders at the top make "a mistake in judgement" and get people killed, then at least they should own up to it. Just admit it. Just say, "I made a mistake!" Don't make up lies, or cover up, or blame the last guy who was president because he is no longer around to defend himself. If you screw up, just say it, "I screwed up!" It you own up to your mistakes, at least people will respect you more in the long run. Great leaders "fess up" to the mistakes that they make. Great leaders do not find it difficult to say, "I am wrong and I am sorry." Everybody knows that human beings sometimes make mistakes because they are just human, at best.

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      Setank Setunk 

      19 months ago

      Thank You. I think North Korea will be Trump's Legacy. China can end all of this on a whim. We need to deploy like we are going to war and compel China to intervene. But it cannot be a game of political posturing, we need to be ready for war: Kim is not playing a game, he is a megalomaniac with "the bomb".

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      Dr Freddie Haddox 

      19 months ago from a Franklin, Tennessee native, who travels globally.

      I am writing this commit to agree with Setank Setunk on that last comment he made 14 hours ago. I read, carefully, what you had to say. You are a deep thinker and your insights are good.

      I agree with you on your concerns about North Korea. Their leader is not all that ethical in his thinking. He has no idea that the war he wants to fight is not a "just war." He has weapons that can easily reach Japan and South Korea once he gets the kinks out of them.

      You know, that cease fire that North Korea and South Korea agreed to by during the Korean War is just what it is, a cease fire. They never declared that war over. China is on North Korea's side, we Americans are on South Korea's side.

      This is a dangerous situation.

      I agree with you. I don't have to much more to say about this one. I am just waiting and watching to see what happens.

      Thank you for the question.

      I would like to know your thinking on the issue.

      Have a wonderful day.

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      Setank Setunk 

      19 months ago

      Ah, I see. And I was actually reluctant to site Eisenhower for the very reason you mentioned.

      I think surrounding himself with non-politicians is an improvement, but we must adjust to a different and perhaps assertive, pro American way of looking at things. I think he wants many generals around because he believes they are more honest than entrenched Bureaucrats. Besides, Generals today are not the war mongers they have been labeled as. Most of them have had the starch taken out of them by the time they make Colonel.

      I do understand your point now, I think. My military experience gives me every confidence that our Generals will keep a leash on Trump while he develops foreign policy skills. I am more concerned about the hacks and nincompoops working in National Security and Intelligence.

      I completely agree with you on the long adopted political policy of selective interdiction that puts are soldiers at risk. But every one of these men does it by choice; They sign up for this stuff; me included.

      My concern is with North Korea. What are your thoughts there?

    • Dr. Haddox profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr Freddie Haddox 

      19 months ago from a Franklin, Tennessee native, who travels globally.

      The Korean War that followed World War II is too complicated a situation to be defined based upon President Eisenhower's behavior alone. My article was trying to explain how those generals who are advising President Trump may be more inclined to advise him to go to war, prematurely, because they do not have the proven, political experience that great politicians like Senator McClain has. But the way, Senator McClain's rank in the U.S. Navy is equal to the rank of generals, however, he has been in politics long enough to be a seasoned politician. A general, new to politics, cannot be compared to a seasoned politician like Senator McClain.

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      Setank Setunk 

      19 months ago

      You are mistaken I am afraid. I believe we have elected 8 Generals to the office of President. Only one, Dwight D. Eisenhower led us into war: Korea and Vietnam. The rest of the wars were started by politicians not generals.

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