Admiral Mike Mullen, 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has a strong response to President Trump’s recent “trip” to St. John’s Church across from the White House. The President’s surprise photo op in front of the church involved Military Police using riot gear to clear a path through an otherwise peaceful crowd protesting racial injustice across our nation. Even the pastor and church staff didn’t know and were displaced by the event.
Mullen had this to say:
I remain confident in the professionalism of our men and women in uniform. They will serve with skill and with compassion. They will obey lawful orders. But I am less confident in the soundness of the orders they will be given by this commander in chief, and I am not convinced that the conditions on our streets, as bad as they are, have risen to the level that justifies a heavy reliance on military troops. Certainly, we have not crossed the threshold that would make it appropriate to invoke the provisions of the Insurrection Act.
Furthermore, I am deeply worried that as they execute their orders, the members of our military will be co-opted for political purposes.
Read the entire article on The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/american-cities-are-not-battlespaces/612553/