I usually keep these light, as a break from the week of pointing out all the ills around us. In this case, though, I think every American should see this press engagement held Thursday by John Kelly. I have never seen a better explanation of what goes on when our country loses a servicemember — the enormous institutional effort to support the family and to honor the fallen. Sadly, as the highest-ranking military officer to lose a child since 9/11, retired Marine General Kelly knows this process all too personally. Even more sadly, he easily points out how little direct experience the press has with it by only accepting questions from reporters who have also been there. Was that a political move? Yes, but also a personal one. And let’s not forget this was originally politicized by a Democrat who thought she had another way to bash Trump. In reality, what she did was attack a president who had no obligation to make a phone call but chose to anyway.
Two parts of his statement are worth highlighting, because in them he expresses the frustration many in our military (including me, while I was serving) feel:
On the politicization of absolutely everything: “It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that call. Absolutely stuns me. And I thought at least that was sacred.”
On the nation our military defends: “They volunteer to protect our country, when there’s nothing in our country anymore that seems to suggest that selfless service to the nation is not only appropriate, but required.”
The entire video is worth your time and consideration.