On Wednesday morning Donald Trump revealed his plans for the U.S. Armed Forces. Needless to say, Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling has some major concerns.
In a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “trigger-happy and very unstable.” Fox News reports he then declared that as soon as he takes office, he’ll order top generals to devise a plan for destroying ISIS within 30 days.
This sounds eerily reminiscent of Ronald Reagan joking that “we begin bombing [Russia] in five minutes” back in 1984.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper skyped Mark Hertling to ask what he thinks. Unlike Donald Trump, the retired army lieutenant general served for 37 years. He gave Cooper quite an earful.
‘I had to ask myself, what the hell does he think we’ve been trying to do for the last 14 years in terms of al Qaeda?’
Calling the POTUS wannabe’s projected orders is overly-simplistic and “insulting” to those who’ve been on the ground fighting ISIS, Mark Hertling fumed:
‘It shows a complete lack of understanding of the threat and the ways to fight it. It’s a sophomoric approach to elements of national security policy because if he’s just calling in the military, he’s missing the point that there are several other elements of national security that will help defeat ISIS’
As for the 88 former military leaders who wrote a letter endorsing Donald Trump, they’re mostly Navy admirals who “weren’t actually in the fight” against Al Qaeda and ISIS.
‘I didn’t recognize many of those names as being there in the fight with me over the last 16 years. There aren’t a whole lot of names in the fight against al Qaeda or several of the other forces.’
WATCH: Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling slams Donald Trump’s ISIS plan.
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Donald Trump’s other proposals for the U.S. military he’ll never get to command are:
Making “our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody — absolutely nobody — is gonna mess with us.”
Asking Congress to ditch the sequester on defense spending.
Building an active army of 540,000, a Marine Corps with 36 battalions, a navy with 350 ships and submarines, an Air Force with 1,200 fighter planes, and …
A new “state-of-the-art” missile defense system.
Because Donald Trump doesn’t think having the largest military in the world and spending over half of our discretionary budget on it is enough.
— Max Galka (@galka_max) July 4, 2016