By Dave Lindorff
President Trump really went a bridge too far with his bizarre Bible photo op and his order for federal troops to attack peaceful White House protesters to allow him to exit his white house bunker and walk unimpeded across the street to a church to have his photo taken holding it up (after having it pointed out that he was holding the sacred book, hasily borrowed from the church behind him, upside down!).
In separate letters to all US troops, both Defense (sic) Secretary Mark Esper and Four-Star Gen. Mark Milley, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's top general, told all people in uniform that their loyalty is to the US Constitution, not to any political leader. Milley, in his memo, added an additional note jotted in pen to stress his point further writing: We all committed our lives to the idea that is America We will stay true to that oath and the American People."
Here are the two letters, both well worth reading in full. Both make it clear that the obligation of federal troops is to defend the right to free speech and peaceful assembly a direct rebuke of President Trump's call for violent attacks on protester and for "dominating the streets" of the nation's cities"
For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF, and copies of the two remarkable memos to US troops by the military's two top leaders, please go to: https://