December 8, 2016
Another White Male!
Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly carved out a reputation as a highly respected, but often outspoken commander who could roil debate with blunt assessments or unpopular directives on issues ranging from women in combat to the treatment of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
But the man chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Department of Homeland Security holds a more somber distinction. The battle-hardened veteran, who served three tours in Iraq, is the highest-ranking officer to lose a child in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.
That status, as part of what the military calls a Gold Star family, puts him in the Cabinet of a presidential candidate who verbally attacked a Gold Star family: the Khans, Muslim-American immigrants who lost a son in Iraq and had criticized Trump at the Democratic National Convention.
I thought the media was planning to chill-out on the hoaxes, in order to maintain access to the White House?
They got threatened.
Trump “attacking” the rat Paki Khan was a complete hoax. This literally did not happen, but any account based on reality. It is simply made-up.
In fact, the rat Paki attacked Trump, standing up there at the DNC and waving around the corpse of his dead son in support for mass Islamic immigration. He literally argued “you cannot protect this country from terrorism because I have a dead son” and the media went with the narrative that anyone with a dead son (subtext: and brown skin) cannot be questioned and is thus allowed to dictate any and all government policy. And it turned out he himself was an immigration lawyer trying to flood America with as many Moslems as possible.
All Trump said was (paraphrase) “this man attacked me, and I wonder who wrote that speech for him” and asked why it was his wife was on the stage and totally silent. He disagreed with the vitriolic hatred and extremist invasion agenda being promoted by Khan. Calling this an “attack” is a “lie” – that is to say, Washington Post is fake news.
That said, he would have been well within his rights to attack the Paki Khan, and should have.
Soon, we are going to start a campaign to have the filthy rat Paki Khan and his fat ugly wife deported.
Anyway, side issue here. I just wanted to note that the fake news site WaPo is still bringing up these discredited hoaxes.
Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed in November 2010 in Afghanistan.
Trump’s choice, who joined the Marine Corps in 1970, retired this year, wrapping up a three-year post as head of U.S. Southern Command, which spanned some of the more fractious debate over the Obama administration’s ultimately failed attempt to close Guantanamo.
Transition officials confirmed Trump’s pick of Kelly on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly before any official announcement.
His selection bolsters concerns about an increase in military influence in a Trump White House — and as Trump moves forward on his signature issue to build a wall along the southern border and go after people living in the country illegally.
We are militarizing the government.
That is what the people want.
In Kelly, Trump would have another four-star military officer for his administration. James Mattis, a retired four-star Marine general, is Trump’s pick for defense secretary.
Immigration enforcement is a familiar issue for Kelly. Southern Command, based in South Florida, regularly works with DHS to dismantle immigrant smuggling networks. It has partnered with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an operation targeting human smuggling into the U.S. and helped with the rescue of children trying to make their way to U.S. borders alone.
If Trump follows up on campaign promises to toughen immigration enforcement, the department will be charged with beefing up the screening of immigrants allowed to come into the U.S., and finding additional resources to track down and deport people living here illegally. It will also need to find a place to house these immigrants while they’re awaiting deportation.
Yeah, that’s going to be fun.
We need concentration camps.
Or if these FEMA camps Jones is always on about are real, we can use those.
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said she hopes “that Gen. Kelly is willing to stand up for facts, families and the Constitution.”
“America will not be made great by dragging parents away from their children, by squandering billions of dollars on a wall that does little to secure the border, or by rejecting freedom of religion and echoing the darkest chapters of persecution,” she said.
Wait, is she alluding to the Holocaust?
I sure hope so.
Scraping for federal funds and equipment to battle such problems will not be a new challenge for Kelly. At Southern Command, he was often blunt about his need for more resources to fight the drug trade.
During a 2014 hearing, he told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he didn’t have the ships or surveillance assets to get more than 20 percent of the drugs leaving Colombia for the U.S.
Speaking of the Columbian drug trade, have you guys watched Narcos?
I don’t personally watch many shows, but this one is really good.
Pablo Escobar is a pretty inspirational Nietzschean figure. This guy wasn’t even intelligent and he became one of the most powerful people in the world through sheer will. I’ve only watched a few episodes of the show, but it seems to communicate this, in the way that Breaking Bad did.
The most contentious issue Kelly faced, though, was the push to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center, and proposals to bring detainees to a facility in the U.S. if they could not be sent to other nations. Lawmakers opposed closing Guantanamo, arguing it is the ideal location for terror suspects captured in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
The Pentagon faced criticism for not moving more quickly to release detainees to other countries. Those decisions largely rested with the defense secretary, but Kelly absorbed some of that anger even though his job was simply to carry out the transportation of the detainee after the decision was made. He also raised concerns about the costs of moving detainees to the U.S.
While commander there, he also placed more limits on media access to Guantanamo and restricted information about hunger strikes. He believed prisoners were eating just enough to be considered hunger strikers without endangering their health in order to manipulate public opinion.
In his final Pentagon news conference, he spoke about the loss of his son — a topic he didn’t often discuss publicly.
“To lose a child is — I can’t imagine anything worse than that. I used to think, when I’d go to all of my trips up to Bethesda, Walter Reed, I’ll go to the funerals with the secretaries of defense, that I could somehow imagine what it would be like,” Kelly said.
But, he added, “when you lose one in combat, there’s a — in my opinion — there’s a pride that goes with it, that he didn’t have to be there doing what he was doing. He wanted to be there. He volunteered.”
Kelly said he gets “occasional letters from Gold Star families who are asking, ‘Was it worth it?’ And I always go back with this: It doesn’t matter. That’s not our question to ask as parents. That young person thought it was worth it, and that’s the only opinion that counts.”
Closing Gitmo is something that Obama promised to do and then never delivered. Trump has been against it.
Years ago, when the debate was raging, I tended to support closing it. At this point in my life, it isn’t an issue I really care very much about. I think it is an aspect of these Jewish wars, and the Jewish wars are what needs to end. The torture center itself isn’t really relevant to me.
The rest of the stuff I’m reading about him seems pretty good.
He’s the longest standing marine general in US history.
General Kelly, 66, who led the United States Southern Command, had a 40-year career in the Marine Corps, and led troops in intense combat in western Iraq. In 2003, he became the first Marine colonel since 1951 to be promoted to brigadier general while in active combat…General Kelly was the commander of the United States Southern Command, a job in which he functioned as a commander-ambassador. Responsible for a sprawling area that encompasses 32 countries in the Caribbean, Central America and South America, the Southern Command is less combat-focused than other regional military commands. It has a reputation for emphasizing “soft power” over hard military might[.]
He didn’t endorse either candidate, which could be considered a principled position for a military man, whether you agree with it or not.
Kelly said he’d be willing to serve in either a Trump or Clinton White House but didn’t endorse either. Whomever wins, he added, “will be in desperate need — and I mean desperate need — of military and foreign policy advice, because the world out there is just getting crazier and crazier.”
He has stated the plain facts about integrating women into combat roles.
There will be great pressure… because the question will be asked whether we’ve let women into these other roles…I think it will be the pressure for not probably the generals that are here now, but for the generals to come, and admirals, to lower standards because that’s the only way it’ll work in the way that I hear some people, particularly, the agenda-driven people here in Washington — or in the land — the way they want it to work.
Overall, it seems like an okay pick.
I was of course pulling for Kris Kobach. But bringing in people that we’re not even really familiar with could make a lot of sense.