What Donald Trump does not know, because his hands have never been dirty, is that being in the army is a dirty job, the dirtiest job in the country, and that sending these troops on a meaningless, unjustifiable mission at this time is a shit-detail in a shit-hole, reserved for the worst kind of fuck-ups, and not crack troops from crack outfits ready to move into true combat at the snap of a commander's fingers.
His dangerous, asinine order for these disciplined professionals to shoot at a bunch of pathetic, penniless indigents escaping from hell-holes unimaginable is something you might hear in the Sudan, where children bearing machine guns mow down innocents.
Trump's claim that HIS troops, commanded by HIS generals, feel pride in defending us down on the Mexican border is taken by those sent on this miserable shit-detail with snickers and snarls and unadulterated cursing and bitching, because this is how troops react to such bilge. I served three years in the army and bitching about just about anything was at times all we really had, and we played it to the hilt, from President Lyndon Johnson right on down to the lifer corporal or buck sergeant making our lives miserable.
I don't remember one guy I served with talking about how “happy or proud” he was of doing anything, much less rolling out razor wire in a Godforsaken desert. I don't remember one conversation about being a democrat or republican or being a patriot. We were simply doing the duty that was our responsibility as citizens of our country. The common phrase, except among lifers, was, “This is absolute bullshit, these fucking assholes running this show don't know their fucking asses from a hole in the ground.”
And just because this is an all volunteer army, it doesn't make any difference, it's the same old story of poor folks serving because there's not much else out there economically, led by those who choose the true aspiration of service to country.
What Donald Trump doesn't understand is that the guts of the military is loyalty to the guys you serve with, the fellows beside you mucking through the dirty jobs in the worst shit-holes, because Donald Trump has never been loyal to anybody in his life, and can't conceive of a mentality where the guys you serve with mean just as much to you as you do to yourself, that you're all in it together, sharing the dirty job, away from family, so that your brothers become your family, and you put your trust in them as you would a blood brother or father.
I am absolutely flabbergasted at veterans supporting this blowhard when they know he boasted of dodging the military during the Vietnam war by having his father pay off a doctor claiming Trump had bone spurs in his heels, and bragged that his greatest fear was catching “the clap” from all the beautiful women he was fucking while slobs from the end of the line slogged through treacherous rice paddies and jungles. I am furious that veterans rally behind this fraud who called a true heroic patriot like John McCain a “Loser” after he was shot down in Vietnam and spent years as a P.O.W. This hypocrite just has to be despised by the brass and most officers for the way he treated Generals McMaster and McCraven, men indispensable in the defense of this country.
And how, veterans, do you feel about Trump being too busy to visit military graves on Veterans day? Trump is a disgrace to the military of this country. His claim to love veterans and taking care of them is just another card in his pack of lies. His only use of the military is to lord it over anybody whom he feels threatens him personally, like Iran and North Korea, but he is no commander in chief. In the end, he's gutless, and too clueless and irresponsible and erratic to order anybody around from a military perspective.
To the troops, and vets, he should be a disgrace, a guy who's never dirtied his hands, never served on a shit-detail in a shit-hole, never made the guy beside him under duress feel safe from his presence.