Tuesday, 20 June 2017

US: Who is in charge?

When president Trump announced that he was relinquishing control of the US military, it was met with neither astonishment nor outrage.

Understandably so, because the Left were delighted to see the President's authority diminished, while the Right were equally ecstatic that their military were to be unleashed on the wider world.

 And the results of this ability to supposedly tackle Islamic State more decisively?

The first was to attack a Syrian army convoy and the second was to shoot down a Syrian air force jet, anyone spot the pattern?

Whatever claptrap is spoken about warnings given, and encroachment etc, nobody should be fooled. Following the gratuitous salvo of 59 cruise missiles, Assad and Russia know only too well that America is disposed to strike whenever the opportunity arises, so it's difficult to believe that any significant notification was given before either attack.

None of this even begins to address the legality of hostile actions against sovereign governments, however much they may displease.

Military commanders have limited objectives, which revolve around conflict and logistical supply (more troops and weapons), for them, a period of peace is just the time spent between wars. 

There is a horrible irony that the sort of conflict president Trump was supposed to inflict upon us all, should be brought closer, not by his position of power, but by his abdication of responsibility.

Dear Donald,

It's time to take back control of your military.

The President of the United States is the Commander in Chief for a very good reason.