I just want to take a moment this morning and thank General John Kelly, the former Chief of Staff to the President of the United States, who bravely risked nothing by speaking out against Donald Trump’s actions of the past year while in a position to do absolutely nothing about it.
In a 17-minute Q&A, Kelly told an audience that impeachment witness Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman should not have been fired because he is blameless and was simply following his training. “He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave,” Kelly said. “He went and told his boss what he just heard.”
Thank you for saying that, John Kelly, days after Vindman (and his twin brother) were fired, and weeks after he testified and was smeared by Republican Senators. So brave!
Kelly also spoke to Trump’s futile efforts to convince North Korea to give up their nuclear weapon ambitions. “He will never give his nuclear weapons up,” Kelly said. “Again, President Trump tried—that’s one way to put it. But it didn’t work. I’m an optimist most of the time, but I’m also a realist, and I never did think Kim would do anything other than play us for a while, and he did that fairly effectively.”
Wow! Again, thank you for not putting your neck on the line in any meaningful way to say that, General Kelly. The former Marine, of course, was also instrumental in a policy to separate children at the border from their families as a means to deter migrants from crossing into the United States. But he doesn’t have anything against migrants. “In fact, they’re overwhelmingly good people … They’re not all rapists and they’re not all murderers. And it’s wrong to characterize them that way. I disagreed with the president a number of times.”
He “disagreed a number of times!” Thank you for telling us long after you had any ability to impact those policies, General Kelly. Thank you for standing up to Donald Trump now that you have left the room and Trump cannot see you.
In the Q&A, Kelly also expressed unease with Trump’s decision to intervene in the case of Eddie Gallagher, the Navy SEAL convicted of posing with the corpse of an Islamic State fighter. “The idea that the commander in chief intervened there, in my opinion, was exactly the wrong thing to do,” Kelly said. “Had I been there, I think I could have prevented it.”
If only you had stayed longer, Kelly, and continued to mumble disapproving things under your breath while the President of the United States continued to run roughshod over the Constitution. What a brave patriot you are!
Source: The Atlantic
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