(CNN) – The military will be loyal to the next commander in chief no question. But it doesn’t mean they will agree.
“She’s totally unfit to be our commander in chief.”
“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”
It’s been a battle royale over who is more qualified to lead the troops. In the final days of the campaign, bitter words and wide ranging claims.
“I have been endorsed largely, conceptually at least by the military”
The military, of course, must support every president, but there is no ‘conceptual endorsement’ of a candidate. Now there is worry that civil military relations could be strained by such the divisive campaign.
One of Trump’s most noted tweets about the war on ISIS. “The attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster.”
While not referring to Trump’s criticism, the top U.S. commander rejected the idea the offensive was bogged down. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said, “I don’t see any evidence that it’s bogged down at all. I don’t know – whoever is saying that i don’t know where they’re getting it, I don’t see that.”
Seth Jones from RAND Corp. says, “Anybody who has served in any way shape or form in an urban fight like this understands the difficulty and the complexity involved and if you haven’t done that then you don’t know how difficult a fight like this is.”
Clinton may also have difficulties after urging a U.S. military no-fly-zone over Syria, something opposed by the Pentagon.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said, “Right now…for us to control all of the airspace in Syria it would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia. That’s a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I’m not going make.
Hillary Clinton has said, “I’m going to continue to push for a no-fly zone and safe havens within Syria, not only to help protect the Syrians and prevent the constant outflow of refugees, but to, frankly, gain some leverage on both the Syrian government and the Russians.”
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