On Thursday, the commander of the United States Pacific Fleet made a point of stressing the importance of civilian control over the military by indulging a hypothetical question posed by a probing academic.
Speaking at a security conference sponsored by the Australian National University, Admiral Scott Swift answered in the affirmative when asked if he would launch a nuclear strike against China in the event he was ordered to do so by President Trump.
“The answer would be: yes,” Admiral Swift said succinctly.
“Every member of the U.S. military has sworn an oath to defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and to obey the officers and the president of the United States as commander and chief appointed over us,” he explained.
Originally published by The Daily Wire.
AS A RETIRED U.S. NAVY RADM WITH OVER 31 yrs OF SERVICE INCLUDING VIET NAM AND 5 OTHER CONFLICTS, I NEVER KNEW AN OFFICER OR ENLISTED MAN OR WOMAN IN THE NAVY WHO WOULD NOT OBEY THE ORDERS GIVEN BY THE PERS ASSIGNED OVER THEM. HOWEVER; IN MY NOW CIVILIAN LIFE, IT IS FREQUENTLY THE FACT THAT FOLKS OF ALL AGES AND GENDER DO NOT PLAY BY THE RULES AND FREQUENTLY DISOBEY THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THEY ARE BOUND TO FOLLOW !
THANK GOD WE HAVE DONALD J. TRUMP AS OUR CINC vs MRS CLINTON WHO WOULD HAVE FURTHER DESTROYED OUR WORLD’s GREATEST MILITARY THAT UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE SINCE THE HUMAN RACE IS NOT CAPABLE OF LIVING IN A PEACEFUL MANNER.
CALL SIGN: BACKER
As with most of you who replied, my first impression was that the Title and the actual article were ‘not in sync’. But as I reflected on it, I realized that the Title was actually a commentary on the (delusional) left’s opinion that Trump just is not (somehow) Constitutionally our president. And subsequently, anyone who WOULD FOLLOW (any of) his orders is just as ‘bad’ as he is.
The President would not make a decision of that magnitude without the input from the Pentagon, Joint Chiefs—to infer that he would, or could, unilaterally make that call is more democrat BS. Time to ask for a refund on the money you spent on your college education. herrinchoker
I was X military myself during the Vietnam days, when we were given an order we obey them, as if we didn’t it would’ve been disobeying a direct order. The only high ranking military officers Obama left in were the ones who fought like he did, so that means he got rid of all the good high ranking officer’s we all know that if we followed what Obama did to the military . If Mr. Trump does not get a hold of the situation he he’ll have nobody obeying him in this country will be out of control. He must make example of these high-ranking officers court-martial them strip them of their pay and put them on the street with a dishonorable discharge. We have 1 million people in the military who do not believe in this kind of behavior from the officers or from putting transgender’s do not even exist , As entity into this man’s military. God bless America and may he bring sense to those who have moral values.
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I take issue with the verb or is it adjective, in the title of the commentary. Why
is it SHOCKING? The Admiral would be doing his job, and I am sure that the
decision to bomb would have been seriously debated and discussed before such
an order were to be given.
No one wants war, least of all me, but I trust that every consideration would be
addressed before such action taken.
Seems to me, and I am a democrat, that your headline is fitting in with all the other
negative commentary spewed by the left, the liberals, the commies that saturate
our news media, not to mention congress and the senate. By the way, my non
capitalization of the bodies of government was and is intentional.
I welcome your feedback.