Today’s NY Times Conniption Fit: Trump’s Allowing Mattis To Set Troop Levels In Afghanistan

Having been beaten senseless over their idiotic editorial which eroneously blamed Palin for the Gabby Giffords shooting, the NY Times shifts away to a several days old story and sees a Horrid Dereliction Of Duty!!!!!!!!!!1!!!! which starts out in a facepalm inducing manner

Mr. Trump, Afghanistan Is Your War Now

President Trump was typically self-absorbed in his tweet on Wednesday celebrating the 242nd birthday of the United States Army. “Proud to be your commander-in-chief,” he proclaimed to the soldiers.

Um, what? Really? This is self absorbed?

That said, where was the NY Times Editorial Board on this?

As we’re all aware, Obama was constantly inserting himself into everything, making it all about himself. Plus, Obama has said he’s proud to be commander in chief many times, such as here. Where were those complaints from the Times about being self-absorbed? Moving on (graphic from the article)

Yet, when it comes to the actual life-and-death responsibilities of the commander in chief — overseeing America’s vast war machine and sending men and women into conflict — Mr. Trump seems more like the delegator in chief. The latest evidence was his decision this week to give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to determine troop levels in Afghanistan, which could lead to an increase of as many as 5,000 troops, if proposals favored by Mr. Mattis and his generals go forward. (snip)

Military commanders chafed under Mr. Obama’s tight controls on troop deployments and war making, which some of them saw as micromanagement. Even so, commanders in chief cannot subcontract their most sacred duties; what the United States faces at this moment is not some routine tactical maneuver or choice. It is what to do about America’s longest war. That is, at bottom, Mr. Trump’s responsibility, and at the moment the nation has no idea what he thinks or where he is headed.

Good grief. Who better to make the decisions on troop levels than the military commanders, especially the Secretary of Defense? Jazz Shaw said this was the “next scandal”, and he has now become right. As he writes “getting the White House involved in the specifics of the force management levels (FML) list is a fairly recent thing.” It is rather recent. Do you think FDR was the person setting FML for D-Day? Let the military do their thing.

The Times whines on for a bit in their typical deranged manner, moving on to

Apart from the fact that the need for additional troops has not been cogently debated, much less established as necessary..

So, wait, the NYTEB is upset that Trump is going to allow SecDef Mattis, with all his military experience, to set FML, but wants Trump to abdicate his role as Commander In Chief to what is essentially a National Conversation by people without the requisite knowledge? Which is it, Times EB?

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10 Responses to “Today’s NY Times Conniption Fit: Trump’s Allowing Mattis To Set Troop Levels In Afghanistan”

  1. drowningpuppies says:

    Maybe Congress should pass a bill that only allows Congress to make military decisions and set appropriate troop levels.
    Who needs generals anyway when you have Ryan, McConnell, Schumer and Pelosi?
    What could go wrong?

  2. Dana says:

    It had been said that President Roosevelt picked his top commanders for World War II, and then instructed them to go win the war. The President mobilized American industry to produce what was needed (even before Pearl Harbor, with Lend-Lease), but he let his generals run the war. Seems like he did it the right way.

    • david7134 says:

      FDR wanted into WWII so bad he could taste it. He was instructing American destroyers to attack German subs well before Hitler declared war, likely the reason that Hitler declared war. As to Pearl Harbor, in typical liberal, fashion, he engineered that attack by restricting Japanese imports of American goods, like fuel. He left it so that the Japanese only had one choice and that was to attack us. FDR was a typical liberal, his economic policy was horrible and he lied big time to the American people.

      • Jeffery says:

        In the World According to Dave, we’d all be better off if the Confederacy had won the Civil War and if the US had stayed out of WWII.

        Let me guess… You probably consider Abraham Lincoln to be the 2nd worst prez (with the Negro being the worst).

  3. Jeffery says:

    Unfortunately, these “wars of choice” bear little on the best interests of the US and take on a life of their own. The Commander in Chief should make the decisions, not some appointed underling. Troop levels in Afghanistan are largely a political not a military decision. Anyway, Congress declares wars, not the Sec of Defense. Perhaps they could outline a strategy.

    • david7134 says:

      Can you possibly make any more stupid statements??? You out do yourself on a daily basis. Are you intentionally being this dumb to get a conversation going or are you really clueless about every aspect of the world?? I have family in the region, I can assure you that they are laughing at such a stupid statement. You make things up out of thin air, for what purpose? The people here don’t believe any of your crap. So why do you make this stuff up? You call all of us names, why? Is your life so pathetic that you get some sexual joy by doing that stuff? Get a life, grow up, read something, anything.

  4. drowningpuppies says:

    Trump approval rating at 50%.
    Oh my!

    Guess the leftists will start shooting more innocents now.

  5. drowningpuppies says:

    List of Republicans found in the pockets of little jeffuckery clone, James T. Hodgkinson, suggesting premeditated political assassinations.
    Should make little jeffuckery proud to be a leftist.

  6. drowningpuppies says:

    Still waiting for the article where, according to little jeffuckery’s imagination, Trump incited violence against “his enemies”…

    Meanwhile, here’s a list of actual violence committed by leftists against Trump supporters.
    Remember a lot of these violent leftist were actually paid by the Hillary campaign to provoke, incite and disrupt the Trump campaign.

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