Dictionary.com defines “hypocrite” as “a person who feigns some desirable or publicly- approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.”
We believe that definition accurately describes how many of us suspect that President Donald Trump feels about the armed forces.
During his 2016 campaign for the White House, candidate Trump said that he knew more than the generals and the CIA about foreign policy and the use of military force.
That was among the first of many strange comments from someone who has not served a single day in a military uniform.
Moreover, it gave rise to questions about the medical exemption which kept college student Trump out of the draft during the Vietnam era.
But Trump’s tune changed quickly as he prepared to become president after winning the presidency.
He selected two outstanding retired general officers – Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Marine Gen. James Mattis – to join his Cabinet, Flynn as national security advisor and Mattis as secretary of defense.
He also named retired Marine Gen. John Kelly
as secretary of homeland security and six months later as White House chief of staff.
Today, all three of the men whom Trump praised as “my generals” are history in the Trump Administration. Flynn is awaiting sentencing on federal charges relating to the 2016 election.
Mattis criticized Trump’s sudden decision to reduce U.S. troop strength in Syria and said he would leave his post at the end of February. His comments angered Trump and he was relieved of his position last week.
Kelly apparently was forced out of his White House post after losing his influence with Trump over various personnel issues.
Trump, who had not visited American soldiers in a war zone during his nearly two years as president, made a surprise trip to Iraq the day after Christmas and called several groups of service members at foreign outposts on Christmas Day.
But he has yet to visit Arlington National Cemetery to honor the Tomb of the Unknowns on Memorial Day.
In our view, it becomes more obvious each day that Americans should seriously consider not giving him a second term.