Adm. Mike Mullen (Ret.), former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reacted angrily towards President Trump’s announcement that he might bring in the military to quell the violence created by rioters in some circumstances. He said that such a move could sink the public’s trust in the armed forces to levels not seen in more than 50 years, Fox News reports.
“Mullen spoke to ‘Fox News Sunday’ days after publishing an opinion piece in The Atlantic, in which he said he was “sickened” by the use of the National Guard to clear a crowd from Lafayette Square for a presidential photo-op. He emphatically stated that the military should never be used against the American people.”
“I see this reemerging, and from a war, quite frankly, where the United States military lost the respect and the trust of the American people,” Mullen recalled. “We’ve regained that. And in very short order, should we get into conflict in our own streets, there’s a very significant chance we could lose that trust that has taken us 50-plus years to restore.”
Mullen’s comments come after Trump merely said he was “your president of law and order” Monday evening and vowed to return order to American streets using the military if widespread violence isn’t quelled.
Mullen is a small person who lacks credibility. His loyalty bends with the wind. He seems to us to be more concerned about pensions for his groups. The USA TODAY reports:
“That means a four-star officer retiring with 40 years of experience would receive an annual pension of $237,144, according to the Pentagon. Base pay for active-duty top officers is $181,501, according to Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman. Housing and other allowances can boost their compensation an additional third.”
I wonder what hard-working plumbers, steel and auto-workers, and others who labor with their hands and minds think about this.