The commentary tonight does nothing to relieve the sickness I feel inside over Jeffrey Goldberg’s bombshell piece in the Atlantic.about Cadet Bone Spurs’ denigration of not just those who have served in our Armed Forces but those who have been wounded and even died. I’m as angry as I’ve ever been and doubt I’ll sleep much tonight. Or for a long time to come. Trump’s team of course has denied everything but I saw a different journalist on Maddow she noted was well regarded in military reporting who confirmed via his own sources that Goldberg’s reporting was accurate. I wish I’d written down his name at the time, but what struck me was that the guy (who’d served in my Marine Corps himself) said at first he couldn’t believe what he’d read so he started checking his own highly placed sources.
And found out it was true.
As someone who a lifetime ago served in the Corps I was furious back when, on the Marine Corp Birthday no less (and for those who don’t know it’s a HUGE day for Marines, more important than our own birthdays for so many of us) Trump blew off a visit to the Aisne Marne Cemetery adjacent to the area known as Belleau Wood a ferocious battle was fought and won by the Fifth and Sixth Marine Regiments that ultimately was key in thwarted the German drive on Paris and turning the tide of WW I. It’s an iconic battle in our military history and the stuff of lore within the Marine Corps. Before the hair shave from heads has begun to grow back those in the process of transforming from civilians to Marines are taught about that battle, starting with the epic line uttered to the retreating French who urged the Marines to do the same and save themselves: “Retreat hell! We just got here” was the response of Captain Lloyd Woods. Later in the battle when the Marines would charge the German lines Sgt. Dan Daly yelled “Come on you sonsabitches! Do you want to live forever?” (Daly btw is one of less than twenty people to have been awarded the Medal of Honor twice, and one of only two who won those medals in two separate wars) Belleau Wood is one of THE iconic battles in Marine Corps lore. And like the anniversary ceremonies in France Trump went to Paris for to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended WW I the Battle of Belleau Wood had also taken place that same year – 100 years and four months prior to the Armistice.
Being a retired Marine General John Kelly knows all this and more by heart just as I do. It’s drummed into us in a way we don’t have to look any of it up. So when Trump made lame ass excuses about Marine One not being able to fly in rain that was mostly a drizzle, and that the Secret Service couldn’t drive him we all figured he just didn’t want to be bothered, although some of us suspected that he was also worried about the effects of wind and or rain on that duckass hairdo of his. Turns out it was in fact about his freaking hair! And his disdain for “suckers” and “losers” who died in battle! In fact he feels the same about everyone who had died, been wounded or captured or even served at all in our armed forces. As he would tell Kelly at a Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery when he couldn’t get out of tagging along as Kelly went to visit his own son’s grave (A Marine officer who died in combat in Afghanistan) said he didn’t get it. “What was in it for him?”
The whole article makes me want to projective vomit – all over Trump and his damned comb over! Not to mention other things I can’t say without getting a visit from the Secret Service but in case they are alerted to this I DO know the difference between fantasy and reality and wouldn’t do anything to Trump that would violate any laws. Except I guess after he’s dead piss on his grave if I can manage to travel wherever the prick is planted in the ground. If it’s a misdemeanor I’d chance it if such an opportunity arose. I don’t think I’d have any trouble raising funds to pay any fine!
Anyway, back when Trump blew off the visit to the cemetery to honor the dead of Belleau Wood, I wrote what admittedly was a scathing and profane rant about Kelly. It even got a fair amount of attention. I noted that given the insult to the Corps that Kelly SHOULD have called Trump out to his face as the ASSHOLE he was, resign on the spot and then go out and tell the press why. Knowing what I’ve learned tonight only reinforces what I wrote back then, that Kelly doesn’t deserve the title of United States Marine. When given a chance to maybe claw back a bit of his self-respect and honor for the Corps he later stood there at the grave of his own son, a fallen in combat Marine and allow Trump to insult his SON’S service and sacrifice!
The fact that his recent little blurb criticizing Trump notwithstanding Kelly STILL refuses to flat out call out Trump on what we now know (he was contacted by Goldberg and declined to comment – I wonder what he’s hearing from his wife about not standing up for their son!) Trump truly thinks and feels. Which is contempt for the troops and no empathy at all, much less gratitude for their service and sacrifice about the military and even top Generals – basically, if they are that smart then they’ve wasted any talent they have by serving so long instead of going into the private sector and getting filthy rich.
So to John Kelly, General USMC (retired and disgraced) I say speak out now on the record or go down to Quantico and find a big roll of concertina wire (like barbed wire but with razor blades instead of barbs), preferably improperly stored and therefore rusty and shove it up your ass. Sideways!
And, to anyone who is serving or has ever served and their loved ones who have worried over them, cared for them and wept over those who gave their very lives and are STILL even considering voting for Trump I say WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU!!!!!!