“If you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that is something highly inappropriate.”
This is Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ response to reporters’ questions about why Chief of Staff (and former general) John Kelly publicly lied yesterday about a US Representative’s actions while defending his boss’ attempt at a condolence call to the widow of one of the four US soldiers killed in Niger.
This is a remarkable combination of statements: first, regarding General as a sort of “title-for-life” (not only is it not, but there are specific laws forbidding active duty military from taking various senior government roles for seven years after retirement – laws which were specifically waived for Kelly to be allowed to take his present job as chief babysitter), but also stating outright that it is inappropriate for any member of the public to contradict a general, whether of the active-duty or the for-life variety.
In short, she just described the civilian control over the military as something contemptible and inappropriate.
Neither she, nor Kelly (a lifelong stain on his honor for what he did yesterday), nor Trump (may his name and his memory be erased) have any place in a democratic society. They have betrayed America.