On Thursday’s Breitbart News Daily, Dr. Sebastian Gorka talked about Donald Trump’s commitment, as discussed during Wednesday night’s national security forum, to “swap out” the generals who have been in charge of what he saw as a lackluster war effort against the Islamic State.
When SiriusXM host Alex Marlow asked if this was something Trump could actually do, Gorka explained that as president, he would certainly have the power to “appoint, or promote, generals to any position he wants.”
“I think he understands, or people like General Flynn who have been very clear to him, that the general corps has not served the nation as it should have done because it’s become over-politicized,” Gorka charged. He added:
If you look at Petraeus’ behavior, look at the fact that under this administration, and even the Bush administration, when the general corps was often asked to do things that are patently impossible – such as turn Afghanistan into a democracy – in many cases they simply clicked their heels and said, “Yes, of course, sir, we can do that” because they wanted that next star on their shoulders.
“A lot of good generals have been removed from the officer corps, and many political yes-men have survived,” he lamented. “It hasn’t served the national security of the Republic well at all, and that would likely change under a Trump administration.”
Think about one fact: General Flynn, who revolutionized how we think about intelligence, when he was responsible for intelligence inside of Afghanistan, and then became director of the DIA – that’s the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the U.S. government – General Flynn never met with the Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America.
“That’s what Donald Trump meant. It’s catastrophic. We have an administration that either wants lapdogs in the military or just ignores them because they’re not interested. That has to change, Alex,” he urged.
Dr. Sebastian Gorka is the senior National Security editor for Breitbart News and author of the bestselling book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War.
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