Thursday, January 3, 2019

Tom Nichols: Are Facts Dead?

Trump Escalates His Assault on Civil-Military Relations

We’ve gotten used to so much in Donald Trump’s two years in office, from the cruelty of his immigration policies to his childlike understanding of international trade, and from his apparent fear of Vladimir Putin to his whipsawing of the financial markets. Too many Americans have simply become accustomed to the president’s antics as a normal part of the background noise of their lives. Sometimes Trump’s disjointed thoughts are merely an embarrassment; at other times, he makes dangerous policy changes or wipes out great amounts of wealth in a tweet.
Now, however, the president has opened a Pandora’s box by escalating his attacks on senior U.S. military leaders. No American president has ever dared risk the American civil-military relationship for less cause or with such childish malice.
American citizens don’t think much about civil-military relations. That’s good: It’s a sign of a healthy polity. We don’t worry about tanks rolling up North Capitol Street or paratroopers lolling about in Lafayette Square. We’re not that kind of country. But the president has taken a dangerous path, excoriating retired military leaders who criticize him and lavishing praise and make-believe pay raises on the active-duty military voters who he believes support him. A precious heritage built on the dual pillars of military obedience to civilians and civilian respect for military professionals is now at severe risk.


  1. Sorry. I stopped after first line where the author says Trump is cruel to immigrants. He's not. He's being nice to citizens. Like me, who voted for him. The immigrants aren't his constituency. The President serves the American people.

  2. I read the whole horrible tirade. See what new a Muslim congress woman says
    “Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib delivers profanity-laced tirade after taking office”
    Tirade =
    a long, angry speech expressing strong disapproval: She launched into an angry/furious tirade about how she had been unfairly treated. In a furious tirade of abuse, the opposition spokesperson demanded the minister's resignation

    Could be that impeaching Trump, Heaven forbid, may lead to an increase in Aliya from North America to Israel. See
    “So long as the Rabbis, Roshei Yeshivot, parents, and the heads of Jewish organizations in the Diaspora don’t teach Jewish youth that Israel is their future, the rate of Aliyah will not increase.”

  3. Kalonymus AnonymusJanuary 5, 2019 at 11:54 PM
    Were they the Nephilim?


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