General John Kelly warned the president about calling Gold Star widows.
When I took this job and talked to President Trump about how to do it, my first recommendation was he not do it because it’s not the phone call that parents, family members are looking forward to. It’s nice to do, in my opinion, in any event.
It was probably because it was at a time when emotions were tender. It’s also clear because as in most things today, there’s an opportunity to have things politicized by those ready, willing, and able to exploit such calls for political purposes.
Something most civilians don’t know or understand, when a person decides to join the Armed Forces, that person signs on the line. I’m not sure if this is case uniformly, but I had to obtain permission from my command before I got married. This was not to micromanage my personal life, but when a servicemember gets married, the military is now inheriting his or her choice and all that comes with it.
The military has inherited her housing, medical expenses, costs for food, etc. The military will also absorb many of the costs should the married couple have children and should that servicemember die, the military will be financially assisting the survivors according to the last paygrade of the fallen servicemember; something Myeshia Johnson made a point of bringing up to George Stephanopoulos and the nation.
Whether we’re talking about our health care system or acceptance of the results of a presidential election, Democrats and their media may have screwed up yet another American practice. With that,
While Mrs. Johnson is now repeating political demands to know what our soldiers were doing in Niger, some politicians are now demanding to be kept up-to-speed on all operations outside of the obvious in North Korea and Iran. Secret operations are conducted all the time but given numerous recent examples, what’s the guarantee that giving a member of House or Senate, his or her staff details of secret operations will keep them “secret” and not wind up as the next headline on the New York Times and/or Washington Post? There are lives on the ground that may be put in further jeopardy should the existence of a secret operation be blabbed to the world by a media that wants any reason to damage the current Commander-in-Chief.
Using those way down the chain, including a Gold Star widow, is inconsequential to the media and it would be a shame if a concerned and sympathetic president would now be hesitant to share his appreciation of sacrifice because of concern it would go somewhere it shouldn’t.