Former Secretary of Defense and former CIA director, Leon Panetta, criticized Donald Trump for using a very poor choice of words while being interviewed.
When asked a question about some of the specific details about a recent strike on Afghanistan, Trump referred to our armed forces as “my military.”
“Everybody knows exactly what happened, so, and what I do is I authorize my military,” Trump said when asked whether he had authorized the strike personally.
Panetta made sure Trump knew how he felt about the matter on MSNBC's “Hardball.”
“The military belongs to the country. Our defense system belongs to the country. And it's not the president’s military; it’s the military of the United States of America and he has responsibility as commander in chief to be able to make decisions in regards to our military.” Panetta said.
“But if you ask the men and women in uniform who they are responsible to, I think their answer would be that they are responsible to the United States of America.”
See, that's not how it works, Trump. No one owns a military. The military isn't some collection of toy soldiers that you can pull out of a box and march around when it pleases you. These are men and women who signed up to serve our country, not you.
Unfortunately, as hard as we try, we can't make Trump see reason.
From The Hill:
Neither Trump nor the White House has directly confirmed whether Trump authorized the strike himself.
“We have the greatest military in the world, and they’ve done a job as usual, so we have given them total authorization. And that’s what they’re doing. And, frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately,” Trump said.
But conservatives have pushed back on Panetta's criticism, noting that former President Obama used the same phrase when discussing chemical attacks in Syria in 2013.
“The world has an obligation to make sure that we maintain the norm against the use of chemical weapons,” Obama said at the time.
“I have not made a final decision about various actions that might be taken to help enforce that norm. But as I've already said, I have had my military and our team look at a wide range of options.”
You can watch the video here:
Twitter had quite a bit to say about Trump's wording:
Don't go looking for Trump to admit he's wrong, though, because you'll be waiting for a while…
H/T: The Hill