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Trump has repeatedly voiced his concern with Obama appointees. Just throwing it out there for the Trumpsters.
Appointees? Or promotees?


Unless I'm totally wrong, generals are not appointed,
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They are still under orders but I imagine Trump an their commanders are aware of a list of protocols under which they can return fire. Generals and Admirals wont be going rouge, just have much quicker response time. Hopefully.
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You don't follow policy in a combat situation. Civilians will never understand that.
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Stop it, Generals are selected for promotion by the President.
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This will give power to the experts and bring quicker and more accurate results.

Our military commanders are the true experts who are most qualified to make these decisions and should be in charge of matters like this.

What the fugal this is so dang


And were for Kennedy when the Russians place nukes in Cuba. Do you know what they wanted to do H.J.?
With out any land recon or intel, these experts wanted to invade Cuba. And the land forces in Cuba both Russian and Cuban would out number any invaders. Plus the Russians had and were ordered to use if invaded, Tactical Battle Field Nukes..

Yea send our 82 Airborne into Nukes...On orders by the best EXPERTS..

The whole damn idea of Military Action is civilian control ding bat, commanders give orders once they are told the plan to follow by Civilians leaders....

So what we have here is Trump passing off his responsibilities


Trump gives commanders new powers to launch military strikes: report | TheHill

President Trump granted U.S. commanders the authority to order attacks in countries with little American military presence shortly after taking office, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.

That measure has become pronounced in Yemen, where the president gave U.S. Central Commander Gen. Joseph Votel the authority to carry out military strikes without the approval of the White House.

"This was an authority that was delegated by the president, through the secretary of defense to the Central Command commander to carry out," Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told the Examiner.

In Yemen, the new authority is directed at fighting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), widely considered among the terrorist group’s highest-profile and dangerous affiliates.

“I don't want to telegraph future operations, but this is part of a plan to go after a very real threat, to ensure they are defeated and denied the opportunity to plot and carry out terrorist attacks from ungoverned spaces,” Davis said, according to the report.

The decision to grant the expanded authority to commanders came on Jan. 29, the same day that Navy SEALS conducted a raid on AQAP that killed a U.S. Navy SEAL and several civilians, including an 8-year-old child.

The U.S. carried out more than 30 airstrikes on AQAP militants in Yemen between Thursday and Friday, though an exact number was not given.

In countries with larger U.S. military presences, like Syria and Iraq, commanders were already able to call in airstrikes and other actions. But in countries like Yemen, commanders previously had to seek permission from the White House before such actions were carried out.

That approval process, the Examiner reports, was frustrating and unnecessarily complex for U.S. military leaders there, requiring commanders to submit memos justifying the action to the White House.


It is not clear how wide-ranging the new authorities are. According to the Examiner, Pentagon officials did not discuss the extent of the powers to avoid tipping off potential targets.

"Our goal is for enemy to be surprised and caught off guard and that is what we have achieved in the past couple of nights with these strikes," Davis told the Examiner.
And they followed the designed plans made by others in the chain of command...
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You don't follow policy in a combat situation. Civilians will never understand that.
We are not a police state. Do you not know how our government is structured?
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We are not a police state. Do you not know how our government is structured?
Hi salty ........ Perhaps I can clear this up a bit. What Manitou has said is true.
In combat situations [this has been in place for about a month now] in Afghanistan, local command right down to the unit in action can use deadly force with less restrictions.

Plus this was a standard way of fighting before we got so messed up in Iraq & Afghanistan.
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