9 thoughts on “The Origins of Trumpian Foreign Policy and an Obedient Army

  1. 1957 says:

    ● Prologue: The Suez Crisis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suez_Crisis and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_Revolution_of_1956#Soviet_perspective
    ● The Eisenhower Doctrine (January 5, 1957) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisenhower_Doctrine
    ● Operation Dropshot, “a contingency plan for a possible nuclear and conventional war with the Soviet Union and its allies in order to counter the anticipated Soviet takeover of Western Europe, the Near East and parts of Eastern Asia expected to start around 1957.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Dropshot
    ● October 21, 1957: The U.S. military sustains its first combat fatality in Vietnam, Army Captain Harry Cramer, Jr. of the 1st Special Forces Group. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Griffith_Cramer,_Jr.

  2. Oscar G. says:

    “There was a pretty striking finding in Thursday’s Quinnipiac University poll: Fully 46 percent of Republicans — a plurality — said they would support a preemptive strike against North Korea.
    That’s nearly half of President Trump’s party that is ready for war — today — with Kim Jong Un, his nuclear weapons and all. (Forty-one percent said they opposed a preemptive strike.)” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/14/almost-half-of-republicans-want-war-with-north-korea-says-a-new-poll-is-it-the-trump-effect/

  3. तोपों का चारा says:

    U.S. military oath of enlistment: “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” See UCMJ: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Code_of_Military_Justice Re: military justice see http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/Portals/135/MJFACTSHTS%5B1%5D.html
    “Former Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl pled guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy following a short military hearing at Fort Bragg today after expressing doubts that he could get a fair trial following campaign statements by Donald Trump.” http://abcnews.go.com/US/bowe-bergdahl-pleads-guilty-desertion-misbehavior-case/story?id=50509167 Despite surviving five years in a Taliban cage, Trump had called Sgt. Bergdahl a “traitor” who should be executed in several campaign speeches as a presidential candidate.

  4. Joe says:

    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl entered a courtroom in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on 16 October 2017 to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for leaving his post in Afghanistan eight years ago on 30 June 2009 when he was a 23-year-old Private First Class. See UCMJ Article 99 (10 U.S. Code § 899 – Art. 99. Misbehavior before the enemy) https://www.thebalance.com/punitive-articles-of-the-uniform-code-of-military-justice-4056769 Note “Maximum punishment. All offenses under Article 99. Death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct.” (Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 69.) Note also that Bergdahl wasn’t charged with Desertion (Article 85) https://www.thebalance.com/punitive-articles-of-the-ucmj-3356851

    • Eddie Slovik says:

      Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing to begin Monday (October 23, 2017) http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/23/politics/bowe-bergdahl-sentencing/index.html Depending on the outcome of his sentencing hearing this week, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
      In 2015, an Army Sanity Board evaluation said Bergdahl had schizotypal personality disorder. That information was included in the hundreds of pages of documents that Bergdahl’s defense team released on a website called The Bergdahl Docket https://bergdahldocket.wordpress.com/ The U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency’s electronic reading room for the court-martial is at https://www.foia.army.mil/ReadingRoom/Detail.aspx?id=103
      The Army general who led the investigation into Bergdahl’s actions in Afghanistan testified that jail time for Bergdahl would be “inappropriate” and that he did not find any evidence that Bergdahl was sympathetic to the Taliban.
      During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump said Bergdahl “should be shot” for walking off his post. “In the good old days, he would have been executed,” Trump said.

      • 10 Hut says:

        “President Trump’s ‘but’ statement about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl delays embattled soldier’s sentencing” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/trump-remark-sgt-bergdahl-delays-sentencing-article-1.3584898 ” Col. Jeffrey Nance, the military judge who will determine his sentence, on Monday gave Bergdahl the chance to withdraw the guilty plea, NBC News reported. He declined to do so.
        Bergdahl faces life in prison. His lawyers argued the only fair thing to do in light of Trump’s statements was not give Bergdahl any jail time.
        Nance seemed to indicate Trump’s latest statements did seem to influence the proceeding, but dismissed any suggestion he was unable be impartial.
        Trump’s comments were “disturbing and disappointing,” Nance said in February, but were said before the election, so he wasn’t unlawfully using his influence.
        But on Monday, he said it was necessary to maintain “confidence in the military justice system.”
        According to an official White House transcript, on Monday October 16th Trump said “Well, I can’t comment on Bowe Bergdahl because he’s — as you know, they’re — I guess he’s doing something today, as we know. And he’s also — they’re setting up sentencing, so I’m not going to comment on him. But I think people have heard my comments in the past.”
        The White House released a statement on military justice released Friday ahead of Bergdahl’s hearing. “Military justice is essential to good order and discipline, which is indispensable to maintaining our armed forces as the best in the world. Each military justice case must be resolved on its own facts,” the statement reads. “The President expects all military personnel who are involved in any way in the military justice process to exercise their independent professional judgment, consistent with applicable laws and regulations. There are no expected or required dispositions, outcomes, or sentences in any military justice case, other than those resulting from the individual facts and merits of a case and the application to the case of the fundamentals of due process of law by officials exercising their independent judgment.”

  5. SPQR says:

    “How the Army Recruits Straight Out of Prisons” https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-army-recruits-straight-out-of-prisons “The current pool of qualified applicants from which the Army can recruit is the shallowest in over a decade, with just a quarter of all 17 to 24 year-olds eligible to join and only one in eight willing to. Stretched thinner than it’s been in years, with a mandate to grow by 8.500 soldiers under the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, the Army is granting so-called “moral waivers” to people it would likely turn away under normal conditions, including convicted felons.
    …One in three American adults—70 million people—have a criminal conviction. 650,000 people are released from prison in the United States each year, and three in four of them are unable to find a job during the first year they’re out.”

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