TRUMP: "It is not the duty of US troops to solve ancient conflicts in faraway lands that many people have never even heard of. We are not the policemen of the world. But let our enemies be on notice. If our people are threatened, we will never ever hesitate to act." pic.twitter.com/kMdFFngJnD— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 13, 2020
Trump knew that he'd have a captive audience, and audience which couldn't heckle or boo him because, as commander-in-chief, he outranks them, and they could be disciplined for showing derision. That didn't mean they had to applaud him:
"Tomorrow, America will celebrate a very important anniversary -- the 245th birthday of the US Army. Unrelated, it's going to be my birthday also. I don't know if that happened by accident." #BoneSpurs pic.twitter.com/KDlfxePPeE— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 13, 2020
The whole spectacle was bizarre, and he looked and sounded more demented than usual. Whatever you think of the United States Armed Forces, these young people aren't culpable in any of the errors and sins committed by our military over the past few decades. They are mainly idealistic, wishing to serve their nation, and they are smart and hardworking, vetted not only by stringent entrance requirements but by four years of vigorous academic, physical, and ethical standards. They really should not have been put at risk of infection just to listen to some stupid narcissist mumble inanities during their brief respite between graduating and embarking on their post-graduation careers as commissioned army officers.