Diana West Discusses Ideological Pentagon -VS- A Pragmatic Commander in Chief…

This is a little lengthy of a discussion, but it touches upon something very relevant to this election cycle.  Author Diana West discusses a network and pattern of ideology within the modern pentagon leadership, and how a worldview is threatened by President Trump. The interview and discussion is below.

The conversation necessarily gets in the weeds and is filled with unique insight into a very complex alignment. However, in the big picture it’s not difficult to figure out why the Pentagon would be opposed to Trump.  During the campaign and early administration President Trump’s expressed foreign policy was viewed by NATO alliance members as a threat.  The same type of perspective applies internally to the U.S. military.

President Trump’s preferred use of economic warfare makes the Pentagon’s role diminished. Instead of punching North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, President Trump hits the checkbook of Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping.  The primary has become the contingency. The value of James Mattis replaced by the effectiveness of Robert Lighthizer.  JC Milley isn’t in the planning room; Milley’s been replaced by Wilbur Ross (until he’s needed).

In the Trump era the President is telling the Pentagon where and when to position; and asks them for ‘contingency’ preparation.  Decades of Pentagon-centric foreign policy is lessened by an entirely new geopolitical approach based on economic strategy.

Take away power, or worse yet, stop using military power, and the leaders within the system start to sense their institution becoming functionally obsolescent.  Overlay this military view upon pre-existing ideological differences and the situation gets worse.

CTH touched on this last year when we noted how the Pentagon, specifically the joint chiefs, never took any action when Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman positioned himself as an opponent to President Trump’s policy perspective.  The pentagon left Vindman on assignment to the NSC even after Vindman attempted to take-down President Trump.

Another example was Joint Chief Chairman Milley, and the visit Pompeo and Milley took to Mar-a-Lago in December, where they were informing President Trump of military strikes in Syria and Iraq *after* they took place. [Background Here] [Background Here].

Yet another related example was Navy Secretary Richard Spencer threatening President Trump and attempting to extort him into inaction over the disciplinary plans against the SEAL commando, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher.

All of these examples paint a picture of a Pentagon operating outside the chain-of-command and civilian oversight.

Unfortunately, like all other issues in the era of hyper-polarization, normally democrats would be alarmed about military leadership going rogue with their own agenda; however, as long as their agenda is anti-Trump, the political-left is now okay with it.

Recently democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden was openly asking the U.S. military to initiate a coup against President Trump.  The media didn’t bat an eyelash…  The traditional checks-and-balances, things that keep us stable, are seriously getting sketchy.

Ms. West takes a deeper look at the internal ideology within the Pentagon and then notes the tentacles that extend beyond the military into the Brookings Institute and Lawfare agencies.   The larger assembly of the resistance movement becomes visible. WATCH:

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…. It’s only a “soft-coup” until the military shows up.

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306 Responses to Diana West Discusses Ideological Pentagon -VS- A Pragmatic Commander in Chief…

  1. Linda K. says:

    The military would take over in a coup that would not include either dems or republicans, imo.

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    • bertdilbert says:

      It’s a Big Club and Trump ain’t in it. That is why we voted for him!

      Liked by 28 people

      • lieutenantm says:

        This woman is very sharp and very thorough, and I believe every word of what she has had to say here. [I might have been OK with her NOT saying this?]

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        • Revelation says:

          She’s been writing about communist infiltration into the US for decades.

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          • harrietht3 says:

            I read everything Diana West posts on her website dianawest.net — and I especially look forward to her audio or video interviews, including this one which I tuned into yesterday. Thank you for copying it here for us Treepers, many of whom may not be as familiar with her work as I am.
            Recommended reading are her several books, “American Betrayal” being the most eye-opening for me.
            IMO all patriots with even a modicum of curiosity about how we got “here,” will benefit greatly from her published works, born of thorough research and trenchant analysis of our political history of the past 80-90 years.

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    • Revelation says:

      I think you under estimate how Obama politically transformed the military leadership.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Jederman says:

        In order for what you say to be true (and I believe it is) these globalist b!tches in their military costumes had to have been closet traitors, perhaps they were groomed, mentored and protected through their careers. Sleepers. Perhaps they respond to the venal or vanity who knows. I find it hard to believe they SUDDENLY switched allegiance from the Americans to obama.

        We’re not going to win this by fighting in their arena. They have the high ground. They are networked (could it be any more obvious with Flag officer after flag officer chiming in) and out in the open now. They have to go for it.

        The longer this “slow motion coup” goes on the less chance normal Americans have to prevail.

        The only wild card is the field grade and below service member. How many will be able to sift through the dis-information and stand with the citizens? Or as Bracken points out, how many will realize their exposure (families) if they reject their oaths of office?

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      • dd_sc says:

        Not just Obama. Those officers would have been moving up through the ranks during the Clinton-Bush years.

        How long does it normally take to get from lieutenant to general and be in position for the next globalist president?

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        • Nan says:

          The process from O-1 to O-7 (second lieutenant to general, or ensign to admiral), takes about twenty years. Typically most officers burn out by the time they’re approaching their 20 year mark; most plateau at O-5 around years 14-18, it’s very hard to make O-6, and you can’t loiter in a rank forever. For those few who make it past that, you might make O-6 at 16 to 18, and O-7 in the low twenties.

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      • WSB says:

        Obama gutted the entirety.

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      • Reloader says:

        Barry Soetoro did none of that. He is an idiot, a dope-smoking homo. The “genius” that G. Soros identified was of a particularly gifted CON ARTIST, a GREAT among con artists. The proof? When the homo does not have a teleprompter.

        Donald Jeenius Trump is the only one in DC who is not a Puppet of some other entity. And it is likely that Soros himself is not at the highest rung of our enemies.

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      • jumpinjarhead says:

        And ruined the rank and file through the social re-engineering that displaced the moral foundation of our military with “moral relativism” (atheism) with its sexual perversions that are now endemic. (The Army recently touted the first woman homosexual general). These policies also resulted in a veritable war on Christians in the military with anyone expressing any concern about a homosexual roommate etc. being summarily discharged.

        To my profound amazement and disappointment, these policies and the really dangerous one of forcing women into ground combat units, continue in full force under Trump.

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        • Orbanista says:

          Agreed. One of Trump’s biggest blind spots. He doesn’t seem to appreciate the effect it has on morale. Perhaps it was all inevitable after Ford allowed girls into the service academies in ’76, and we had them start marching around with swords, and “bent-arm hangs” replaced pull-ups as measure of fitness for warriors.

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          • jumpinjarhead says:

            Spot on. It is pure blasphemy now to say anything negative about women in the military as it is immediately cast as relegating them to subhuman status.

            The obvious (and proven by ALMIGHTY SCIENCE!) differences in the biological, muscular/skeletal, hygiene and psychological aspects that make it very problematic for the actual requirements and conditions of ground combat are simply ignored by both civilians and worse uniformed members of DoD who want to keep their jobs.

            Notwithstanding the lying protestations to the contrary, the standards of all training and schools (previously determined objectively by the requirements of the specific task or specialty for which the training is required) have been subtly altered to ensure passage by women.

            As to homosexuals, transgendered and no doubt other sinful and disgusting perversions in the future, it has, as you say, decimated morale and even more importantly has imported immorality to displace a basic “acknowledgement” (clearly, the young, testosterone laden demographic of the military is not “pious” overall and never has been given the sanguinary “work” they traditionally performed) of the importance of Judeo-Christian values, even if in the breach.

            Those values underlie the entire discipline and military justice system—and their absence is now clear in the increasingly failing military justice system. All this of course is more indication of the general loss of virtue throughout our society, including the military.

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    • jumpinjarhead says:

      It would include uniparty members of the swamp.

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  2. Eric says:

    If you are in the military, any rank, and you support the Marxist Left, you’re a freaking moron.

    I don’t care if their “status” is “diminished,” these morons have no idea how dangerous the Marxist Left has become.

    BTW Pentagon, who the hell just gave you trillions of new dollars to rebuild a military that was having trouble finding ammo?!?

    I’m so tired of every organization in this country being run by morons.

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    • Georgia says:

      Obama fired the good ones and installed these types….

      Liked by 16 people

    • YeahYouRight says:

      You’re talking overwhelmingly kids who know what they were taught in common core. Think they know how many millions were killed in these socialist/marxist utopias?

      Tucker made a great point this past week. Why is the left going after police now and not military, like they used to? Because they now control the military and they want to control police. Trump MUST wrest control of upper military ranks away from 0bama loyalists MUST.

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      • David M Kitting says:

        YeahYouRight,
        The bottom line is, POTUS is CIC of the Military. A coup requires Generals to order the coup. Military is sworn to obey ‘lawful’ orders. A Military coup ain’t happening against/under President Trump.
        Granted that power can corrupt, corruption is transmitted through anti- American ‘civilian’ oversight.
        Peace through strength [and superior firepower].

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        • rmnewt says:

          So the Chairman (Milley) walks with Trump to the church for a photo op that symbolizes security outside the White House walls. If actually voiced, this is certainly a lawful order. Yet, the Chairman and many retired generals sound off that he shouldn’t have done it.
          Really? The UCMJ is very clear about adversely affecting good order and discipline, yet the top officer is arguing about such a simple and lawful order. Thank god the soldiers didnt do that off the shores of Omaha Beach! Something is very wrong here.

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      • guest4ever says:

        YeahYouRight—And I’m sure a lot of this is why General Michael Flynn is still going through hell!

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    • H.R. says:

      Eric: “BTW Pentagon, who the hell just gave you trillions of new dollars to rebuild a military that was having trouble finding ammo?!?”

      It still comes down to money; conferences in exotic locations, and luxury spas for the wives or nowadays, golf for the husbands of the top brass.

      Same revolving door; the brass retires and goes to work directly for the military contractors or as lobbyists to their old buddies who are still the top brass.

      Any President like our President Trump who wants to use economic warfare instead of traditional troops and hardware is perceived as a threat to those cushy retirement-supplementing jobs.

      That said, as you point out Eric, President Trump has given bucket-loads of money and I haven’t seen too much interference in the Top Brass $$$-sandbox during the build-up. Some, but not anything like hammer down if President Trump really stuck his nose into the contracts.

      President Trump is also willing to go full out, no stops, overwhelming force and firepower if shooting is called for. “Win it NOW and come back tomorrow to report on the terms of surrender they accepted.” That type of support would be good news for any military.

      But we’re back to money. Once the buildup is pretty well completed, the need for constant contracts to replace used up or shot down equipment dries up and the Top Brass is staring at a new, more modest retirement reality if there are no endless wars..

      So yeah, they’re getting their perks now, but long term, President Trump’s policies means the retirement party is over. “Here’s your watch, a medal, a nice set of golf clubs, and a fishing rod, General.” (and that’s it) *salute*

      The military isn’t ready to let go of the old system.

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      • rmnewt says:

        Glad you highlighted the MIC conflict with Trump and fear that the swamp draining will clean up their fat act this next 4-years. The need is blatantly obvious to people like Trump (smart, uncompromised, and objective).

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    • dissonant1 says:

      Neither Marxist leftists nor Bushite America apologists / democracy spreaders / globalists have proven to be anything but disastrous for any society they have touched. All the generals criticizing PDJT have had failed careers impacting millions of people adversely, and yet despite that and the fact they are now retired, still think they should have a voice. OK, you can have a seditious voice but give up your pensions, all you who violate the UCMJ.

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      • ann says:

        Nicely said. dissonant. ✅

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      • G. Alistar says:

        The (retirees) like Mullens, Dempsey and Mattis have gone down the political track and thus, should be treated as political pundits RATHER than retired military officers. They have forgotten that the will of the people was to elect Donald Trump….their whining is little more than what we read in NYT or WaPO…..as such, they are fake news bureaucrats. Keep in mind, while the nation has a handful of politically biased retired military, we have hundreds of thousands retired military with honor,integrity, and who are doing the right thing. Fake news seems to give the few resistance, anti-Trump retirees, all of the press.

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        • nimrodman says:

          “… have gone down the political track and thus, should be treated as political pundits RATHER than retired military officers.”

          Well … as retired military officers they can still be court-martialed

          So let’s still keep them as retired military officers awhile for that purpose, mmmkay?

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        • TPW says:

          They ,….globalist are hitting PT from all sides…..Who ever suggested MadCow come out of retirement is part of the network who knew PT had to be undermined. Who was it I would love to know. Isn’t that little bastard Gay? Fits right in with Obama’s change you can believe in. Do you all remember the military guy who was punished for stopping the rape of a boy by Afghanistan soldier/officer…beat the crap out of him and American soldier was punished for it. This all fits in with Diana social engineering explanation. These people are sick and PT faces a lot more than just winning an election…..they can’t let him win….so what can we do above and beyond just voting?

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      • madeline says:

        Call them back into service divide them and put them all over the world in third world countries. Demote them.

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      • rmnewt says:

        No doubt you appreciate the inhumanity of a perpetual war like those we’ve waged in the ME and Afghanistan.

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    • Orygun says:

      The Oath of Allegiance needs to have some teeth. No one seems to care about undermining our Republic and the Constitution.
      Personally, I would like to strip their citizenship and pay Kim to house them in his Democratic Utopia.

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      • Rowdyone says:

        It also goes much deeper than personal ambition of generals. Most Americans have been indoctrinated since WW2 that American national security is dependent upon American economic dominance around the world with the presence of the American military to ensure access to spheres of influence our business leaders desire. Imperialism is now economic, not military protected colonialism as before. We support, economically and militarily, the worst oppressors of their own people as long as they cooperate. It’s no wonder America is hated by much of the Third World. But Trump is initiating change of all of that by bringing soldiers home and making rich countries pay for there own defense while trying to maintain socialist economies. This also threatens congressional kickbacks given by leaders of corrupt countries as well as threatening the military industrial complex. The Generals see all of this and actually think that their idea of patriotism is superior. But ask the men who fight and die if they agree with the Generals. They fight and die for their brothers.

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    • TPW says:

      They were social engineering…ammo makes no difference….the lowly foot soldier was just a sacrificial lamb……

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    • Contrarymary says:

      The leftists have also been naming our ships after leftists. Usns medgar Evers, usns Cesar Chavez, usns Harvey milk (a pedophile), usns earl warren, usns Lucy stone, usns sojourner truth, usns Robert f Kennedy, etc. this tell us a lot about the state of our military.
      The navy recruiters brought in a poster to hang in my shop. The more I looked at it, the more disgusted I got. It said “when the world calls on America, America calls on us” as if we are a global force. It was finally taken down.
      This is why I dislike the conservative talk show hosts keep playing up the fact that General Flynn was a 3star General, as if that, somehow made him righteous. Too many officers are traitors. General Flynn was entrapped, period. Don’t glorify generals, overall.

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  3. Wethal says:

    “Seven Days in May” was supposed to be fiction, not a “how to” book..

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  4. 4sure says:

    Fire all the seditious generals. Every stinking one. I’m fed up with them. All they do, with the support of war mongers like Lindsay graham is get our soldiers killed and maimed. They are useless so called military leaders. They are nothing but ass kissing suck ups to politicians.

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    • Ken Lawson says:

      It goes much deeper than just the generals.

      Liked by 7 people

      • YeahYouRight says:

        Major and above. Time for loyalty tests. Here, more like a history test.

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        • Dutchman says:

          As in almost all civilian sectors, you can’t get promoted without a degree from the Universities of higher indoctrination.

          Also true of law enforcement.And, in military its paid for probably most LE agencies, as well.

          So, the brainwashing doesn’t ‘cost’ you anything but a little time, effort (and your soul), and leads to promotion, status, and $.

          It really IS insidious, remember they have been working on this since 1915, and were SO close to achieving their goal,..in 2015.

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      • TPW says:

        Don’t forget all the unexplained pictures of McCain…McMullen…..the other guy from Illinois ??? with ISIS leaders…..very diabolical….Graham and his Military stance is right in the thick of things. Graham is walking a tight rope….and his investigations are untrustworthy. If he revealed anything with RR it was not on purpose. I found his questioning very leading…..”knowing what you know now would you have signed the FISA warrant?”…Please tell me PT is just keeping his enemies closer and he knows Grahams MO and is just using him and playing his game. Graham thinks he is smarter than his constituents…smarter than Trump. He thinks by stroking PT ego he is in his inner circle. PT is learning just how bad things are ….I don’t think he ever dreamed this bad….Oh if only he could have a third term……wonder what would it take to make that happen…..??? I know ….lets conduct a coup and overthrow our current government….you know if organized with our #s we could pull it off teach ANTIFA how really childish their efforts are in comparison….What was it Sundance use to say ….meet up at the bridge….help me out here….but anyway that’s what Patriots are called to do at this moment in History…a true courageous act ….to overthrow our corrupt Government with our demand that PT remain our CIC until Patriots regain control of their government..their.Liberty…and their Destiny.

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    • lumoc1 says:

      103 years ago a country not only fired all their seditious generals but laso executed most of them and their families, and the land owners and the bankers and most highly educated people and then they created the wonderful and peace loving SOVIET UNION. Unfortunately, most seem to have forgotten how successful was that endeavour .

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    • G. Alistar says:

      Their retired…can’t fire them?

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      • walt39 says:

        They can be recalled to active duty and court-martialed for violations of the UCMJ. Advocating any sort of disloyalty to senior officers including the President would be an offense.

        Punishments on conviction run from letters of reprimand up to anything you’d care to name, according to the offense(s). Certainly ending retirement benefits would be possible.

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  5. T2020 says:

    Question to SD: Should we be concerned? How would we counter such a plan?

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    • sturmudgeon says:

      T2020: You pose two questions… I’ll offer to answer your first: ‘Always’. lol

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    • trapper says:

      Let me suggest that there are more EXmilitary than there are active duty military. Obama knew that perfectly well, and was terrified of America’s EXmilitary. Google it. Private American citizens own 10 million AR’s. A military coup would not stand for long.

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      • ann says:

        Trapper, thank you. That’s exactly what my husband, son, brothers and father say when my anxiety rises really high.
        Not being a wimp, but it’s scary to feel you have no voice, respect or control.
        The mass media & DC just roll on, Resist declared no quarter in November 2016.
        We are fighting against Trillions of dollar interests and a caste packed with hubris & inflated egos . I’m not going to ever back down or give up though.

        That edgy state of being escalates living in SeattleL. LOL. ♥️🇺🇸🦅MAGA on,

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      • PinotNoir says:

        @ Trapper-Spot on. There are also plenty of active duty officers and senior NCOs loyal to their oath. The cool thing about Generals is there is always a Colonel fully capable of replacing them. Same goes all the way down the chain of command. Word from the Pentagon is that Maddox lost a boat-load of respect among those who served with him over his latest stunt.

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      • VandalizeDuhMastuhsAlgorithms says:

        Not too mention the AR-10 in .308 caliber.

        Your father’s and grandfathers hunting rifles

        Your now great grandfathers M-1 Garand and his 100 year old Winchester Repeating Arms 30-06.

        Your kids friend’s Norinco AK-47.

        Your mom’s 9mm pistol.

        Your aunt’s 22lr squirrel gun.

        Your crazy uncle and his 12 gauge pump shotgun.

        The old 1911 Colt .45 nobody knows nothing about lovingly stashed away with GrandUncles mementoes; the one that came home missing some limbs and most of his mind.

        Your sister-in-laws 38 special she never leaves home without.

        And the gun industry cannot even begin to keep up with current demand..

        Throw in garages and machine sheds all over this Nation with welders, drill presses, lathes and lots of other fabricating tools.

        Battle bots are just toys.

        Scopes, laser sights, range finders, trail cams and four-wheelers.

        Just sayin’

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        • Gigi the Old says:

          Do not forget churches. I used to worry about us when my son would be sick and stay at home…Everybody is always very discreet but I realized no incident would happen whether Pop was in or not.

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      • annieoakley says:

        He seemed afraid of former enlisted military because he already owned the Officers. More class warfare but JMO. Remember Spencer Rapone was enlisted and then sent West Point. This almost never happens, as far as I know. You can enlist and go on to be an Officer but West Point?

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  6. Julia Adams says:

    Sundance’s statement that the military “institution (is) becoming functionally obsolescent” is powerful and extremely accurate. Very well researched and written. Sundance makes the point as to why theses generals act as the way they do. My sense is there will be an epic shakeup in the military and the pentagon after the election….I can feel it.

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    • Issy says:

      Julia: Another excellent reason for the ex-generals to sound the alarm. They profit greatly from their contacts at the Pentagon in their new careers with government contractors. Endless Wars are very profitable.

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  7. Cashier the ideological dissenters in the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs and replace them.
    That is the Commander in Chief’s job.
    The rank and file will support the President.
    The country will too.

    MAGA

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    • sturmudgeon says:

      H: Hopefully, The President Trump will be able to bring back MANY of those whom Obama fired, or forced to resign. The very fact that they were ‘replaced’ with obama’s toadies, is enough to believe they would stand behind President Trump.

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      • I believe he can order them back….not sure.
        Inviting them may be less contentious.

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      • Martin says:

        If I remember correctly, at the time of the purge, it was said that the question put was “If ordered, would you direct your command to fire on American citizens?” Those that answered in the affirmative were retained.

        Not said was that there were likely assurances the gravy train would continue. Marxists do love to play with the big toys that go BOOM. Casualties are merely statistics to place blame on opponents.

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    • Ken Lawson says:

      Much of the rank and file have changed. Obama not only replaced most of the high ranking officers with ones who support his ideology, but much of the rank and file changed, too, to people who also supported Obama. The lower and mid level offers are the ones who most solidly support Trump.

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      • TPW says:

        The lower and mid level….same with civilians….Trump is for the forgotten man.. woman. We far outnumber them by the millions. If ever we organized it would be epic. Bring on a third term…the American Patriot movement….move over and shut up ANTIFA

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        This goes all the way back to Carter and his decimation of the military when morale and discipline were already low due to the VN debacle (not war). After some improvements under Reagan, there was an uptick in the globullshit mindset under Poopy Booosh, then hard-core politicization began under Klinton and rolled like a snowball until now. Always remember–Poopy Boosh made globullshit national policy; Klinton and every admin since, until 45, politicized and monetized it. We’re fighting 32+ years of ingrown, parasitic, cancerous corruption. This is why their shills are pulling out all the stops to hobble PDJT and MAGA. And why it’s so important that we, KAG, and PDJT win decisively this November!

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      • Reloader says:

        It isn’t just political with the military members that you describe.

        Brand new recruits generally want to “go over” and “get some” not being familiar yet with war. Political positions, perhaps as mentioned previously –Major and above– have their “careers” and pensions in mind. But in between … from Lance Corporal through Captains in the Army, Air Force Staff Sergeants, Navy Warrant officers and up … those who have seen what war is truly about– they don’t love it. They don’t worship it.

        They have seen their friends killed, they have seen too many busloads of kids blown up. And these are the majority of all members of the U.S. Military.

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    • Joebkonobi says:

      Yep. I believe the rank and file are mostly wit PT. They may follow orders but at some point they control the numbers and the weapons. I’m sure most rank and file prefer to serve in peacetime, as opposed to policing shit hole countries.

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  8. Jim Comey is a weasel_Doug says:

    I love these type of articles exposing where the REAL power struggle is.

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  9. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    “President Trump’s preferred use of economic warfare makes the Pentagon diminished.”

    It’s all about that, and about the loss of money that these guys get from their defense contractor buddies. The revolving door between in-government, out-of-government continues and guys like Mattis who are likely on defense contractor boards don’t want that trough to end.

    If you end the Endless Wars, these guys are broke nobodies. And they won’t let you do that, if they can help it.

    Think of Mattis — I believe he never got married because he was basically married to the military. This is his entire life. And POTUS not only ended his military games, he exposed to the world how incompetent (and probably purposefully so) Mattis was in not accomplishing the goals in Syria sooner.

    It’s incredible how POTUS has exposed every cabal in Washington. The coup, the endless war brigade, the globalists, etc. Let’s just hope enough people “get it” for the coming election. The elite-guardian media will do all they can to make sure that doesn’t happen.

    By far the best POTUS of my lifetime. I love Reagan, but it’s not close. POTUS is a revolutionary, in the best sense of the world.

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    • sturmudgeon says:

      MAG: When one reviews the past even a little bit.. (and I’m 85).. your last paragraph rings VERY true!. thanks.

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Do not be fooled one bit on all of this….

      It is all about the money….always is….always will be…

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      • MakeAmericaGreat says:

        Definitely

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      • Tom! says:

        In most cases that’s true but President Trump has showered the pentagon with money. This is ideological.

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      • H.R. says:

        @Gunny – You’re right. I wrote a little bit about the money in a response to poster ‘Eric’.

        The comment hasn’t showed yet, but I’d appreciate it if you would consider adding a bit to my comment when it shows. Thanks.
        .
        .
        P.S. – I worked for a MAJOR military contractor with a few thousand on-site government contract overseers and inspectors. We were trained to not even think of offering to buy them so much as a cup of coffee and a donut. But those were the ‘little people’ and they had to abide by the rules. (They were treated very nicely if they ‘dropped by’ at department pot lucks, cake and ice cream retirements, department steak cookouts at the park, and whatnot. No receipts involved there. I doubt if any of that influenced them, though. Just being nice on our part.)

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      • Revelation says:

        No its about Power. Money comes downstream from the exercise of power.

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      • TPW says:

        Is it? or is it power and money is just a tool?

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        yeah u rite. only color that really matters green!

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      • guest4ever says:

        Gunny—Always has been. That’s what Our Lord and Savior told us about the love of money.

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    • Elle says:

      @MAG “It’s incredible how POTUS has exposed every cabal in Washington. The coup, the endless war brigade, the globalists, etc.“

      Trump, the Scooby Doo President. Getting villains everywhere to gleefully rip of their mask and proudly proclaim their crimes.

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  10. Henry says:

    He can recall those fired by obasshat and teplace inline. Plus SFOs from 90s and prior are still steeply conservative. Maybeold but ain’t dead.

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  11. NJMAGA says:

    What about the ones who leave, only to get on a board of a company that’s selling us out to China. Knowing the growing threat they pose, they have no problem doing this and they’re MILITARY. Their leftist ideology is dangerous in and out of government. They don’t love our country and will sell us out to the highest bidder. $$$. I hope during his second term he cleans out this rats nest. God only knows he wants to…that’s for sure.

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  12. thedoc00 says:

    The concept of deterrence through strength has not changed. On that count alone SD comment about the military being diminished is flat wrong. What has changed is how that strength gets deployed and is maintained. Bill Clinton started the ball rolling down hill with the peace dividend and the ball has never stopped. Bush II actually increased the rate of roll by stripping the military of its major war philosophy. Obama made it worse by cementing in place political loyalty be paramount above all else and he continued the wars started by Bush II to keep the military unprepared for major conflict, while stripping funds as well as active troops.

    President Trump, in a way is almost forced to use economics as his primary weapon and not pushing too hard on the military front. I agree with his of economics above force but he has to be careful not over play it into a confrontation.

    I remind CTH readers of a post I made 2-weeks ago. The military, from a political point of view, is a self perpetuating machine. The officers placed in the Pentagon are responsible for the assessment, promotion, assignments and appointments of ALL military officers and senior non-commissioned officers E-7 and above. Congress is responsible for vetting and approving promotions for ALL flag officers. Given there were 24 years of appointments and rotations through the Pentagon by Uni-Party Executives and Congress it would not be hard to imagine a military that is (shall we say) of mix loyalty with respect to alliance. Just as with the 2.5 million non-military employees of the executive branch, the President has been afforded very little support from congress or the Pentagon to clean up the situation.

    Note: This is also why those wondering about support for General Flynn or Admiral Rogers among the Flag Officer Ranks, that support is 50-50 at best.

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    • grandmotherpatriot says:

      Interesting and informative post but I failed to see where SD stated that the Military has been diminished. Correct me if I misunderstood as I do not get offended with adult conversations.

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    • grandmotherpatriot says:

      Never mind : President Trump’s preferred use of economic warfare makes the Pentagon diminished

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    • sundance says:

      President Trump’s preferred use of economic warfare makes the Pentagon’s role diminished. Instead of punching North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, President Trump hits the checkbook of Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping. The primary has become the contingency. The value of James Mattis replaced by the effectiveness of Robert Lighthizer. JC Milley isn’t in the planning room; Milley’s been replaced by Wilbur Ross (until he’s needed).

      In the Trump era the President is telling the Pentagon where and when to position; and asks them for ‘contingency’ preparation. Decades of Pentagon-centric foreign policy is lessened by an entirely new geopolitical approach based on economic strategy.

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      • SteveC says:

        Warfare should always embrace all venues.
        While it is far easier to defeat China economically than militarily, there is the possibility(likelihood) that countries that lose in the economic venue will transition to kinetic warfare if they believe that improves their chances of achieving their desired goals (or minimizing their losses).
        PDJT knows this and that’s why he has built up the military – to deter our enemies from deciding to go down that kinetic path.
        The ‘Military Industrial Complex’ (at least as Eisenhower described it) is not damaged or diminished by PDJT’s Economic Warfare model. That (original) Military Industrial Complex will still get rich designing, building and deploying new military systems – the pace of technology has only increased, and new threats arrive all the time.
        I believe that what we’re seeing is just another tendril of the Deep State’s (the upper echelon of the military) getting rich and powerful on the skimming and laundering of the country’s treasure – if we are involved in fewer countries, there will be less funds available to skim and they will be easier to track.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        1. You contradict yourself, re: the diminished military, if your point is the President deploys the military as he see’s fit. Although we are still spread too thin across Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and Germany. DoD and the Uni-Party have so far succeeded in thwarting any strategic realignment.
        2. I never said i disagree with the tactical choice of economics as most veterans and active soldiers want combat to be the last option. Yet, you fail to contradcit that the President still must be careful as the military option has to be carefully deployed due to it not being recovered from 24 years of neglect.
        3. Case in point about the military lacking in deterrent force as well as economics not being the end all is the series of “aircraft carrier island forts that CCP Inc. is building to secure; the minerals on the ocean floor, secure their bases and Hong Kong, isolate Taiwan and threaten the Malacca Straights. Economics will not that threat.

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  13. markmurraybooks says:

    Sundance, remember Obama also replaced at least 200 military officers, including many high ranking ones. So, not only does DC have an entrenched “deep state” but the top echelon of the military does, too. President Trump should clean house in the top ranks and replace most of those left over from the Obama years.

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    • annieoakley says:

      The Pentagon is not the same as “the Military” but it is in DC and part of DC. AS Ric Grenell says, “DC will never accept a President Trump willingly”. Or something close to that.

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  14. Nightshade says:

    Lots of US Military Top Brass will be put to death for high treason.

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  15. Derek Hagen says:

    Gee Sundance, you sure know how to show a fella an “interesting” time. Hmmm, reminds me of an ancient Chinese curse… .

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  16. wtd says:

    Diana West is a terrific author of several books

    Diana has been interviewed by Jason Goodman on his “Crowdsource the Truth” channel multiple times including the following interview in which Diana and Jason discussed Event 201, Corona Virus, Obama & Netflix, Robert DeNiro and his restaurants in Russia….she provides a wealth of interesting detail.
    http://dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/4001/On-with-Jason-Goodman-of-Crowdsource-the-Truth.aspx

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  17. Mike says:

    The military has been fed a steady diet of pc culture and liberalism since Clinton. Only those that embrace this nonsense rise through the ranks. The military is still conservative, 55 vs 45, but it is shifting rapidly because of the failure of Republicans to remove the communist rot at the top.

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  18. bessie2003 says:

    This turned out to be one of those “don’t look away” moments; definitely a video to be watched and learn from. Phew. Lots of insight that makes things make sense. Thank you Sundance so much for this site and information you provide.

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  19. 🍺Gunny66 says:

    OK….you cannot have a coup unless you are active duty military……

    These “Active Duty” Generals are making a heap of money from contractors…..

    So, just fire em….fire em all…..you may get all the way down to enlisted, but the Active Duty military are no dummies…

    They cannot take orders from anyone “not” in the military.

    Can em…see how they live when they “Cannot” make the money making decisions because they are no longer on active duty….

    Send them to ….

    Next

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    • Dutchman says:

      Gunny,
      Respectfully, “Fire them, fire them all”

      No, as they can stab you in the back.

      Fire ON them,..fire ON them all, YES.

      There are some enemies you can not allow to walk away, once you engage.

      You HAVE to put them down, or they will put YOU down.

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      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        Maybe explain….firing them all does “put them” down…

        How can they put you down, if…they are no longer on active duty?

        What am I missing?

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        • Dutchman says:

          I mean bury them, literally.
          We have all seen the movie, where the protaganist finally hits the psychopath over the head,..but then turns their back on them,…and now the psycho is sneaking up behind!

          Was kinda being punny, didn’t work.
          Having a struggle, keeping my anger cold. Kinda feeling like the buzzard; “Screw this patience crap, I just wanna KILL someone!”

          It’ll pass,…probably jonesing for a Trump rally!

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  20. California Joe says:

    Every one of these rogue generals is looking for a cushy defense contractor or think tank job after retirement. They are all traitors especially when you consider how much $$$ President Trump allocated to fund the military over the past three years compared to Obama.

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  21. wondering999 says:

    During the Iraq invasions I was puzzled why our National Guard was sent over there. I thought the National Guard was intended to protect us, at home; and the rest of the military was intended for purposes elsewhere. This has never been explained to me in a way I can understand. The deployments were highly disruptive for people who had businesses, jobs and families here in the U.S. Am I wrong to think that National Guard was meant for situations like Hurricane Katrina?

    If someone can explain the reasoning to me I would appreciate it. Thanks

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    • DWC says:

      The National Guard is major component of the military’s reserve force and can be called up for deployment when the situation necessitates such an action.

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    • FreyFelipe says:

      After the Vietnam War, when the Regular Army and the Reserves/Nation Guard were vying for limited $$$, the Regular Army said to give more to them and give less to the Reserves/Nation Guard as they never much went to Vietnam anyway. The Reserves/Nation Guard said, next time we will go, so they got more of the limited $$$ than they would otherwise have gotten. And hence it happened that they were held to it, and unlike Vietnam, they went to Iraq and Afghanistan.

      I knew a Major and then LTC who was in the Army Infantry Reserves, whose small business was much disrupted, who went to Afghanistan, then back to Afghanistan and then to Iraq, right smack after Afghanistan. It was suppose to be just TDY in Iraq, but he was promoted to Full Bird and felt obligated to stay a full year.

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      • ann says:

        Thank you Felipe. 💡, I did not know anything about this.

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      • G. Alistar says:

        Many of the military enabling support functions such as maintenance, logistics, Personnel, medical , transportation, contracting, ammunition, etc…..exist only in the national guard and reserve forces. After Vietnam, this structure was put in place in order to ensure that the US Army and military in general, could NOT sustain continuous operations without taking the Guard and Reserves to any operation, battle or war. Key point, the Guard and Reserves bring not only key logistical capabilities ….. they bring the “will” of the nation. When Guard and Reserve units activate and deploy IF the nation is not behind the effort….it becomes a political failure. This is by design. It’s a wonderful concept, a proven concept and simply, they way it is. This is also why Trump’s efforts to get out of Afghanistan and Iraq is resisted by the likes of Mullens and Mattis…..it’s also why Trumps insight in pulling out of Afghanistan and Iraq after two decades is spot on and …..is why he will win by a landslide in November, 2020.

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    • J says:

      Much of the logistical operations of a major military endeavor are handled by the National Guard. Pretty sure its always been that way.

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      • G. Alistar says:

        No….before Vietnam the active duty, Guard and Reserve forces equally shared all these capabilities. After Vietnam in the 70s and 80s even during the height of the Cold War, the key logisicics and other (Intel, cintracting, medical) was moved out of the active duty forces into the National Guard and Reserves. I.e., as an Army active duty Sustainment Brigade commander in 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom — a full 1/3d of my sustainment and logistical units were National Guard, another 1/3d were US Army reserves and 1/3d was active duty. That’s how it is in all if the services. See above for the “WHY.”

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      • FreyFelipe says:

        Not in Vietnam. There were few National Guard there and not a whole lot of contractors. The active duty Army handled pretty much everything, from soup to nuts as “they say”.

        Of course, there were around 1,500,000 active duty in the Army then (and this was when our population was much lower). Once it was downsized so much, and there was no draft, the need for National Guard and Reserves being called up and for a whole lot of contractors came very much into play.

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    • PinotNoir says:

      @999
      Basically we skipped Full or Partial mobilization and went for numerous rounds of (one year) Presidential Reserve Call up. Neither Pentagon nor Congress challenged the methodology. Here are the categories of activating Reserves:

      FULL MOBILIZATION – In times of war or national emergency AND it is actually declared by Congress, all Reservist UNITS are eligible for involuntary activation. There is no time limit or up until six months after the war is over.

      PARTIAL MOBILIZATION – In times of war or national emergency, the President can call up to a million reservists for up to two years of active duty time.

      PRESIDENTIAL RESERVE CALL-UP AUTHORITY – The president can call up to 200,000 Reservists and even 30,000 members of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). This action can keep members on active duty for up to one year.

      ARMED FORCES IN DISASTER RESPONSE – A state governor can make a request for support in emergency or major disaster. The secretary of defense may also involuntarily call up any Reserve units (and individuals) to assist with a domestic emergency or disaster for up to 120 days.

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      • G. Alistar says:

        Excellent….we also complied with congressional mandated troop strength levels by spending tens of billions of dollars or $$$ trillions by contracting and other functions. Thus allowing a large force of trigger pullers and a very small force of sustainment and Logistics. The fraud, waste and abuse in both Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 20 years, is absolutely mind boggling. Taxpayers should be outraged. Hmmm, perhaps Sec/Def Mattis should be called to account for that abuse rather than his constant anti-Trump rhetoric and whining in general….no pun intended.

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    • bluedevil93 says:

      A lot of the National Guard was turned into the logistics component for active duty.
      Think trucking convoys.

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    • James Felter says:

      The national guard is part-time soldiers with near or above full-time combat capacities. [units full of veterans may perform better than green regular troops] They are always at risk of mobilization, but the country benefits from their skills in the civilian economy and doesn’t pay them a full-time salary. They have state as well as national functions. States m a y contribute to unit upkeep.

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  22. DWC says:

    How about a Pentagon military command shakeup by a person who has demostrated that he knows how to shakeup things in a manner that POTUS Trump approves of – Richard Grenell as Secretary of Defense.

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  23. dissonant1 says:

    Thank you Sundance for posting this. I saw it earlier today. I have been following Ms.West for several years now and have read her books. She is an absolute gem and we are blessed to have her courageous voice (one of reason based on meticulously researched history) during these trying times in our country. BTW, blessed to have you also!

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  24. MitchRyderDetroitWheels says:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-signs-commitment-mass-troop-reduction-iraq-vows-no-permanent-bases

    OH Boy……this should fire up he military complex even more…..the reduction in Germany got them all out in force.

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  25. YeahYouRight says:

    SD, most recent example was Milley correctly yet contextually erroneously telling graduating cadets no political activity in uniform will be tolerated under UCMJ, yet going on to actually apologize for walking with Trump to St John’s that day.

    Milley is mistaken. That leisurely stroll through the site of previous violent “protests” was not political activity. It was a signal to the rest of the world that the White House is not under threat, Trump is not “hiding in the bunker,” and politeness was being restored.

    Milley know this. Somebody ordered him to separate himself. This, along with Esper wandering off the reservation, worries me.

    Anybody been listening to Lara Logan lately, especially on Glenn Beck June 3 on a podcast available at his radio show site, or on Laura Ingraham lately? Also very disturbing. We’re here, folks.

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  26. Pale rider says:

    I can’t believe we are here, and what’s worse the train is still heading down this track.
    America is not in the Bible.

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  27. Bogeyfree says:

    So imagine this……

    Grenell – Sec of Defense

    Gen. Flynn – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

    First objective – clean house

    2nd objective – refill with MAGA Patriots only

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  28. Mike in a truck says:

    In his second term President Trump must purge ( like Obamaumau did) the military of the last administrations inbeds. The Republic is at stake.

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  29. Sherri Young says:

    Excellent to see a Jason Goodman video posted here. Had this running last night until I had to give up. Diana West never disappoints.

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  30. FreyFelipe says:

    As this article is about Diana West’s views, here is another, and really related, interesting one –

    Diana West has quoted William Safire as calling William Barr the “Coverup General” and she herself added “That’s it. Deep State Uber Alles”.

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  31. Paul Gable says:

    Maybe it’s about an adjustment of the military’s role. Seems more likely just another indicator of how much damage Obama did in his attempt at a fundamental transformation of the country. He culled the military so that the warriors were gone and the left-leaning Vindmanns survived. That’s what Esper and Milley look like. https://americacanwetalk.org/milley-and-esper-the-rising-cost-of-barack-obama/

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    • FreyFelipe says:

      Yes, let no one ever say that Barack Obama wasn’t a consequential President.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Paul Gable;
      SEE the whole board. Its easy to focus on Obummer, but he was just building on a foundation laid before him.

      Its not just Obama, or even Obama, Clinton, Carter.
      There are two Bushes in there.
      Patriot act: Bush
      Attack came from acrapistan, but hey, lets invade Iraq, and destabilise the ME.

      Bush hired Mueller as FBI director, who instituted the purge of the FBI.
      Mueller brought in his protege, Comey and hired WIESMANN for 7 th floor position.

      Papa Bush, mr. “1000 pts of light” ex CIA Director under mined Reagan for eight years.

      So, getting focused on Obummer, and not seeing the role of the Bushes, is like getting focused on Pelosi, while forgetting that Ryan put her there, and McConnell is dancing with her since.

      Its NOT R vs D, Its Uniparty swamp vs US, and PDJT is just in the way.

      Just as destabilising the ME CAUSED the diaspora of muslim refugee into the soft underbelly of europe, and supplying military hardware to 5 cartels fueled the violence that increased the flood on our Southern border,..
      Neverending wars with suicidal ROI had the effect of dessimating the lower ranks who are far more likely to be “Deplorables”, and exfiltrating manufacturing out of our country, then creating the 2008 financial crises, and shipping in massive quantities of fentanyl, taken together is a genocidal series of attacks on the middle class of America.

      SEE the whole board, just as the Constitution has been under steady attack, for years, so have the middle class.
      Because both are the biggest defences to Conmunism, they along with our economy BUILT on them are impediments that must be destroyed, in order to effect a Conmunist takeover of our country “from within”.

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      • wondering999 says:

        I have two cherished coworker friends whose brothers returned from Vietnam with serious heroin addictions. I remember one of them wailing… “I had to pay his rent… what was I going to do? Leave him on the street?”

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        • Dutchman says:

          Yes. Its called enabling, to bring an addict in, clean him up, just so he can go back.

          “I’ve seen the needle and the damage done, the little part of it in every one,…hooo, hoo the damage done.”

          I HAVE seen, and experienced first hand, “the damage done”.
          An addict won’t address their addiction, until they hit bottom.

          All your doing when you “help” them, is preventing them from hitting bottom, “enabling” them to continue their addiction.

          Its called “Toughlove”, PDJT alluded to it. Sometimes being “Compassionate” is NOT the truly compassionate thing to do.

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      • FreyFelipe says:

        I would say you hit several bull’s eyes with that one.

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      • Rhi says:

        Good summation Dutch and right on. The UniParty, it’s a big party and deplorables aren’t in it.

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  32. Lucky Guy says:

    Diana West’s “American Betrayal” proves, by clear and convincing evidence that everything I learned in school about FDR, WWII, the Red Scare and McCarthyism was wrong. The penetration of our culture by Communists, beginning in the 30s, is laid bare in a powerful, shocking, documented and undeniable way. The roots of our national brainwashing are here. A seminal, overpowering, paradigm changing book. She is an outstanding writer, a great researcher, a terrific explainer and a brave woman.

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  33. Lulu says:

    We should remove are troops from bases around the world, and massively cut the Pentagon’s budget. Additionally the officer corp should be cut 30 percent or more starting at the top. The civil servants that work for DOD should be cut by 50% or more.

    It’s at best a huge welfare program for the middle and upper middle class at worst a standing army ready to stage a coup.

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    • That might help with unemployment. Getting federal welfare off the salary and into serving ice cream (or whatever an ex-federal is qualified to do in the free market) could make a real difference over ten years or so.

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    • FreyFelipe says:

      A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen. Without standing armies liberty can never be in danger, nor with large ones safe.
      -James Madison (“Father of the United States Constitution)

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  34. Sanctions and tariffs.
    Law and order.
    How dare the Commander in Chief wage a war to cut off the legs of enemies the swamp won’t even acknowledge?

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  35. Mcgiver says:

    Don’t forget, he shamed many of the generals by going with the advice of commanders on the ground over their guidance on how to handle ISIS. It was immediately successful when they had let it go on for years under Obama. He made them all look bad so it is personal now.

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  36. Whatever happened to the leaker commander of the ship out by Asia? Did he get his job back?

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  37. way2opinionated says:

    Remember the West Point grad who made the selfie during graduation showing a sign under his cover that said “Communism will win.” The fired him eventually. But how many other like minded traitors have passed through the military academies being smart enough not to publicize their believes?

    Half of the US Army officers fought for the Confederacy. How many would jump ship now?

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  38. Jederman says:

    The Milley thing was something not often seen. Generals are NEVER supposed to say the wrong thing, be in the wrong place, not know the answers… etc etc. The fact that Milley had to publicly grovel sets him apart from any Flag officer I have seen. How did that happen?

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    • Elle says:

      I was somewhat sympathetic to Milley after watching the video of Barr that Sundance posted where Barr explained that the Brass had all agreed that use of military was being positioned only as a last resort. Use of military in conus is fraught with peril. Certainly not a power I’d like for Biden or Hillary to have.

      Then Milley went so far off the rails on his groveling insubordination apology tour that it was truly stunning. The Scooby Doo President strikes again.

      Milley reminds me of McClellan. Arrogant, dismissive of Trump and unwilling to move.

      Trump could have quoted Lincoln prior to their show of strength crossing the street for the photo op in front of the church.

      “General McClellan [Milley], and myself are to be photographed…if we can be still long enough. I feel General McClellan [Milley], should have no problem…” Abraham Lincoln 10/1862 –

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  39. Doppler says:

    Land wars in Asia are such a phenomenally bad idea for America.

    My older aging brother served as a grunt draftee in Vietnam, and he was telling me recently about his 11 days on Hill 467 in 1969, had found a website where his company commander had published a sort of diary about his tour there, including taking over that company for the last 8 days, and also mentioned the book, “Guts and Gunships” by a chopper pilot who had provided support for my brother’s unit, which I read with fascination and horror for my brother, and for our country.

    Basically, Congress had prohibited US forces from following enemy forces back over the border, so they were free to operate, would probe inward from the Ho Chi Minh trail, and US Infantry forces would be deployed in small patrols to see where they were, so that high kinetic warfare could occur, all in dense three-canopy jungle where you couldn’t see more than 30 yards. Cylindrical holes barely wider than a chopper were cut 100 feet down as landing zones where Hueys could deploy, supply and remove troops, and their gunships could support them when attacked. There was no strategic purpose involved, just find enemy troops, kill as many as possible til they withdrew, then leave and wait to find them next time. The hero Huey pilots were as frustrated as everyone else with not having any real strategy there, but maintained motivation by a mission to get as many US soldiers home safely, as possible. My brother and his team owed their lives to those pilots who got them out despite losing three choppers doing so.

    And they all got sprayed with Agent Orange.

    Who benefited? Munitions suppliers pouring billions into 8000 mile supply lines, fighting peasants with supply lines of a few hundred feet. Career soldiers got combat to punch their ticket for advancement. Politicians no doubt received all the benefits of being lobbied to approve big defense contracts. No one acknowledged the obvious lesson that you lose rather than gain hearts and minds by militarily occupation. Afghanistan and Iraq have been the same story retold, with similar pointlessness, costs and negative effects. Except now it seems that we are no longer fighting to stop Communism, but instead have been thoroughly infiltrated in all of our institutions by Marxists, and instead crusade globally against Terror, while paradoxically, as Diana West points out, though practiced as Jihad by extreme Muslims, is supposedly in alliance with “good Muslims” who just want peace, a ruse apparently only W believed, and he just for a short while. Mi fear it is all a globalist plot to destroy America.

    I highly recommend West’s books, especially “American Betrayal,” which shows the astounding extent to which we were infiltrated by Communists in WWII. I pray that President Trump will prevail against these forces of evil and will ultimately bring about exposure of the depths of corruption and deceit practiced by the swamp.

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  40. sync says:

    The corruption is everywhere….Navy admirals selling their souls for sex and booze.

    It would not take much to bribe them to participate in a coup against a sitting President….

    The Navy….

    The so-called “Fat Leonard scandal” is the largest bribery and corruption case in U.S. Navy history.

    To date, more than 20 people have pleaded guilty to federal crimes, including the first-ever conviction of an admiral for a felony.

    Significantly, however, the scope of the scandal is even more far-reaching. Dozens of officers, including several admirals, have been reprimanded and removed from office for more minor related violations, without going to jail.

    At the heart of the scandal was Glenn Defense Marine Asia, a firm run by Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian national known as “Fat Leonard” for his then over 350 pound weight.[2] Francis provided at least a half million dollars in cash, plus travel expenses, luxury items, and prostitutes to a large number of U.S. uniformed officers of the United States Seventh Fleet, who in turn gave him classified material about the movements of U.S. ships and submarines, confidential contracting information, and information about active law enforcement investigations into Glenn Defense Marine Asia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_Leonard_scandal

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/fat-leonard-scandal-expands-to-ensnare-more-than-60-admirals/2017/11/05/f6a12678-be5d-11e7-97d9-bdab5a0ab381_story.html

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  41. dufrst says:

    The Swamp is Deep. We live in unprecedented times. Washington is terrified of a 2nd term of Trump because he’s going to do what should have been done in 2000.

    He’s going to decouple from China, he’s going to withdraw from the WTO, he’s going to revamp NATO, if not withdraw, he’s going to pull out of the Middle East, he’s going to withdraw from the UN, he’s going to break Iran, he’s going to break the EU, he’s going to reunify the Koreas, he’s going balance our trade, he’s going to bring our troops home from Korea, Germany and Japan up to the level they will pay for them and he’s going to reindustrialize the US.

    Trump is going to undo everything that has been done over the last 20-30 years and in the post-WW2 period that has caused the US to be taken advantage of.

    So for the Washington consensus on globalization between the two political parties as Sundance has said, that’s many trillions of dollars that are at stake. Trump stands to redistribute those trillions back to the American people from Washington. This cannot be allowed.

    So will there be a military coup? Stay tuned. I can see a scenario where there’s an attempt if the vote is close. Let’s not make it close! This is the most important election in American history! Get out the vote ! MAGA!!

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  42. Darren says:

    So the lesson is that Obama didn’t just politicize the IRS, State Dept., DoJ, CIA, FBI and ODNI. He got to the Military as well. How has President Trump survived this long? It’s boggling!

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    • mickjt says:

      There is an unwritten rule for these Leftist Thugs…when you’re in power and someone is over you that you don’t agree with, ‘Slow Roll’ everything, block what you can, interfere with any changes etc. If all else fails, lay low and wait for a Democrat President. They are like a house of CockRoaches, you can kill a few but they keep coming back…what we need to do is identify ALL of them and purge them out with NO govt. job available to them. That is the only way to clean house. An empty job slot is better than one filled with a Leftist Thug!

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  43. mr.piddles says:

    Forgot John Kelly in that little 4-Star Globalist Mosaic there. You know, president of the Mattis Fan Club.

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  44. mickjt says:

    In the parting words of President Eisenhower, ‘Beware the Industrial Military Complex’ is extremely telling. What is also telling are 8 years of Obama appointed Generals…A Virus on ALL their Houses! That is the genesis of the current crop of slime-ball generals in and recently retired from the Pentagon…I have no doubt, using their power, they also appointed (Hired) many Leftists into govt. service to infest our bureaucracies. That commonly is called the deep state. President Trump needs to ferret them ALL out and purge them from govt. service. The last thing this country needs are these COMMUNISTS running anything!

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    • mr.piddles says:

      Oh, you mean like the FBI and the CIA?

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    • Truman. Eisenhower and JFK:

      “But there are now some searching questions that need to be answered. I, therefore, would like to see the CIA be restored to its original assignment as the intelligence arm of the President, and that whatever else it can properly perform in that special field—and that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere. We have grown up as a nation, respected for our free institutions and for our ability to maintain a free and open society. There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.”–Pres. Harry S. Truman, in a WaPo op-ed exactly one month to the day after the JFK assassination, if that gives you a hint

      This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.”–Pres. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

      “The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control.”–President John F. Kennedy, 1961, on John Brennan’s CIA Coup Attempt, Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel Coup Attempt, Adam Schiff’s Impeachment Coup Attempt and the Corrupt Media’s Propaganda Coup Attempt.

      It’s not “always something”; It’s always the Same Thing. These Are All One Thing

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  45. Liberty Forge says:

    In the past, I had suggested that President Trump would be well-served to have Diana West close by. She is one smart & savvy lady. She knows her stuff.

    Another truth-teller President Trump should tap into is Brigette Gabriel.

    Honestly, the knowledge of both of these women would be invaluable to our President, and he really needs their counsel during these times.

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  46. rah says:

    The US Army is far too heavy in flag officers and in fact officers of all ranks and the same can be said for about all the other services. Long past time to weed a bunch out.

    The problem with the shift in attitudes and politics in the officer corp goes back to starting to be a problem in the years immediately following Vietnam. I ran into it personally as an SF soldier serving in Lebanon in 1984. Not from an SF officer but from a US Army officer serving in the UN.

    As far as SF team leaders I served under I would judge 1 to have been a total dud, 2 adequate, 2 very good, and 2 excellent. For Company commanders: All very good. BN commanders, all very good, though there was one Bn. XO that I hated. Group commanders, 1 outstanding and the other 4 very good. The commander of the SF teams in Berlin when I was there was a total A-hole.

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  47. Zydeco says:

    The military is sort of like the world’s police, at least the way Obama used them. Isn’t the DNC’s para military arm going to want to defund the military too ? Oh the contradictions of being a Democommunist.

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  48. Drogers says:

    I enlisted. I served 20+ years. I retired.

    The chance of a military coup by high ranking general officers, soft or hard, is outside the realm of my plausible. When factoring in the absolute necessity of including enlisted personnel support from beginning to end, the chances are roughly the same as the winning lottery ticket.

    But everyone has a different opinion I suppose.

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    • FreyFelipe says:

      The chance of an out-and-out military coup, like in some movie, certainly seems very remote, but there clearly is an on going attempt at a coup. For 3 plus years now it has ebbed and flowed with different players, and Mattis, Milley, Kelly and Esper have clearly joined in. Their roles may be relatively small ones, at least for now, but they have become part of the attempted coup cast. This does not flat make it a military coup attempt, but it is a coup attempt with military participation.

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