This post originally appeared on AddictingInfo.org.
The most militant Republican candidate for president , Donald Trump, has created a hysteria in the United States that is divisive, frightening, and dangerous. His foreign policy plans have alarmed some top Pentagon officials who have said they will resign if Trump takes the presidency:
“By 2016 I will have my 20 years in and can get out of here,” one military official said, referring to the amount of time a service member needs to collect retirement pay. “This is not the country I joined to defend. I am turning in my papers. I’m moving to a farm.”
“Personally, I hope no one will be called upon to serve under a President T… I can’t bring myself to type the words,” said retired Rear Admiral John Hutson.
Trump recently has unleashed several tirades of verbal attacks on minorities. Most recently, his call to deny Muslims entry to the United States has been met by Americans from all walks of life with criticism of his fear mongering. However, since his call to ban Muslims, he has sent many of his supporters into an anti-Muslim hysteria that has seen at least 19 known attacks on Muslims or individuals thought to be of the faith. His warmongering plans for the Middle East have him at the top of the polls for the Republican Party nomination for the presidency so people are frightened of the ramifications:
“And there are fears of being asked to carry out futile war plans that would bring instability. Almost all of today’s commanders are veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They all know someone who died in combat; indeed, they may have sent someone on a mission that ended with death. And because of that they bring a unique vantage point to lessons learned, from the frontlines where the cruelty of warfare is impossible to miss. Those who send them, meanwhile, sit thousands of miles away and learn what is happening through the filter of distance.”
Although some Americans have found him funny or even likable, if Donald Trump becomes president, then collectively as Americans, we have not learned our lesson from the disastrous consequences of the last Republican president, George W Bush.The war in Iraq killed thousands of American soldiers and injured tens of thousands more both physically and psychologically. The war has cost trillions of dollars and killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, destabilized the country, and has lead to the rise of organizations like ISIS which have taken advantage of the power vacuum and chaos. Today, our standing in the Middle East has diminished.
Let’s hope that the voting public will follow in the footsteps of these commanders who have paid the price of war personally.