“You’ve characterized the report as your testimony, but you wouldn’t accept that reason from anyone your office interviewed,” De Niro wrote. “Additional information and illumination emerge from responses to questions. I know you’re as uncomfortable in the spotlight as the president is out of it. I know you don’t want to become part of the political spectacle surrounding Russia’s crimes and your report on them. I know you will, however reluctantly, testify before Congress if called, because you respect the system and follow the rules, and I understand why you’d want to do it away from the public glare. But the country needs to hear your voice.
Normally I don’t see eye to eye with Meghan McCain and her appearances, comments and tantrums on ‘The View’ irk me. However, every since her father passed away, I understand the need for compassion and empathy on topics related to her father, his service in the military and the need for the family to grieve privately.
However, the ‘ass’ in the White House doesn’t skip any opportunity to dig and peel the scab of healing.
This one being the most recent and, IMHO, quite the low blow.
In news of totally normal and totally magnanimous happenings in the Drumpf administration, apparently the White House mandated that a literal tarp cover visual evidence of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain legacy, to avoid a meltdown from the president. According to emails obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the White House instructed the U.S. Navy to keep the warship USS John S. McCain “out of sight,” during Drumpf’s 4-day visit to Japan. The strange request ultimately reached the highest echelons of the government and acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan approved the measure, according to the Journal.
Putting a note on this, there’s a lot of criticism of media of how often I speak of my father,” McCain declared. “It’s impossible to go through the grief process when my father, who has been dead for ten months, is constantly in the news cycle because the president is so obsessed with the fact that he’s never going to be a great man like he was.”
The US Navy is suffering from systemic and pervasive failure of leadership at the highest levels. And, worse, outright cowardice. According to the Wall Street Journal, in preparation for Drumpf’s visit to Japan, the White House wanted to ensure USS John McCain would not be visible to the so-called ‘Commander-in-Chief’ during his visit to USS Wasp. The McCain is undergoing repairs following its collision last year, a collision caused by gross incompetence of the ships officers and which killed seven Sailors. The White House was afraid Drumpf would be upset if he saw the ship’s name, because he hated John McCain, but since the ship is damaged and can’t be moved they had to come up with a way to make sure that didn’t happen. So, the Navy ordered a tarp hung over the ship’s transom to hide its designation. And the ship’s crew were ordered to remove any coverings from the ship that bore its name. Then they were given the day off, so they wouldn’t be around for Drumpf’s visit.
This is hands down, one of the most despicable and dishonorable acts I’ve ever witnessed from US Navy leadership, and I’ve seen some pretty shitty things from the senior ranks. Hell, I was on active duty during Tailhook and the USS Iowa Investigations and I wouldn’t have believed anything could be more dishonorable than those events. I don’t know how any Sailor assigned to McCain could ever again set foot on her – knowing that their Commander-in-Chief despises them and their Admiral is so ashamed of them that he would hide them from the president’s visit. I can’t imagine how any commander could ever expect morale to be anything but a disaster and the ship to be anything but the bastard of the fleet. If I was her crew, I’d have to wonder if maybe the best thing that could have happened was she went down after the collision, buried at sea. I can’t imagine the command environment on board that poor ship.
Any real Navy officer would have told the White House to go fuck itself. The admirals should have handed the phone to a Chief Warrant Officer if they didn’t have the balls to do it themselves. Every flag officer who was involved in compliance with this cowardly decision should be stripped of rank and cashiered. They are unfit for command. This isn’t my Navy. I don’t know who these cowards are.
A Stain on the Honor of the Navy In acceding to a White House request to cover the name of the USS John S. McCain, officers and officials revealed a rot within the service
The United States Navy, under orders from the White House and with the approval of the acting secretary of defense and the compliance of a chain of naval officers in the Seventh Fleet, did its efficient best to conceal the name John McCain from Drumpf’s sight when he recently visited Yokosuka Naval Base.
When you plant a tree every leaf that grows will tell you, what you sow will bear fruit. So if you have any sense, my friend don’t plant anything but love, you show your worth by what you seek. Water flows to those who want purity which your hands of all desires and come to the table of love. Do you want me to tell you a secret? The flowers attract the most beautiful lover with their sweet smile and scent. If you let God weave the verse in your poem people will read it forever. ~~Rumi~~