President Should Have More Than Just Military Security At First Briefing Every Day, Argue Robert Weiner, Ex- White House Spokesman & Sr Policy Analyst Thekla Truebenbach, If Trump Wants To Stay Out Of Wars As He Says
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If Donald Trump is serious about not wanting unnecessary wars, as he says, he should change the President's Daily Briefing, usually the first scheduled action each morning, from being solely military based and focus on more domestic issues, say Robert Weiner, former spokesman for the Clinton White House and the U.S. House Government Operations Committee and Thekla Truebenbach, policy analyst at Robert Weiner Associates and Solutions for Change. The two just released an article headlined on OpEdNews, called "If Trump Means What He Says About No Unneeded Wars, Change President's First Briefing Each Day from Just Military Issues." Weiner and Truebenbach begin, "If President-elect Donald Trump means what he says about no unneeded wars, he should change the President's first briefing each day - 'The Daily Briefing' each morning - from just military issues." They continue, "At the first presidential debate on September 26, 2016, Trump claimed: 'I did not support the war in Iraq.' He has criticized his former competitor Hillary Clinton multiple times because she voted for this war." They go on, "His attitude towards going to war sometimes seems to be more hesitant compared to what other commander in chiefs would do. At the NBC commander-in-chief forum on September 7 Trump said, referring to Clinton's decision of voting for wars in the Middle East: 'I would be very, very cautious. I think I'd be a lot slower.'" They explain, "But even though Trump seems to have a quite slow and tentative approach, he could be persuaded by the military to invade other countries much quicker, because he does not seem to have a lot of expertise in the military field. The President-elect never went to war himself, he avoided the Vietnam war with the help of several deferments. Statements like 'I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me. I would bomb the s*** out of them,' he made at one of his rallies, engender doubt." They write, "There is a long history of the 'military-industrial complex' in the United States. In 1961, in his farewell address, President and Four-Star General Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation: 'In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.'" They said, "The military-industrial complex describes the informal strong relationship between a country's military and the defense industry, having a big influence on public policy. Both sides participating in this bond profit by it: On the one side leaders planning wars get supplied with the necessary tools and on the other side defense companies earn billions of dollars by being involved in big governmental contracts. Much money is to be made on both ends, too much money to make independent public policy decisions."