The Perfumed Princes Of The Military

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 10 months ago

General Milley.

General Milley had no direct evidence of a coup plot. But in the days after Mr. Trump’s electoral defeat, as the president filled top military and intelligence posts with people the general considered loyal mediocrities, General Milley got nervous. “They may try,” but they would not succeed with any kind of plot, he told his aides, according to the book. “You can’t do this without the military,” he went on. “You can’t do this without the C.I.A. and the F.B.I. We’re the guys with the guns.”

While some might greet such comments with relief, General Milley’s musings should give us pause. Americans have not usually looked to the military for help in regulating their civilian politics. And there is something grandiose about General Milley’s conception of his place in government. He told aides that a “retired military buddy” had called him on election night to say, “You represent the stability of this republic.” If there was not a coup underway, then General Milley’s comments may be cause more for worry than for relief.

Right.  A coup.

Why don’t we outfit him in a dress and prance him around like a runway model?

Next up, Major General Patrick Donahoe.

On July 22, Major General Patrick Donahoe, the Commanding General of Fort Benning, reported from his official Twitter account that he was seeing a “surge” in ICU visits among young soldiers due to Covid. He reported that he would mandate the vaccine if he had the power to do so.

replied, pointing out that the DOD has lost a total of 26 out of over 2 million personnel in the last year and a half to the virus. In the fourth quarter of 2020, there was a 25 percent surge in suicides across all services. In those three months alone, 26 additional servicemembers took their lives compared to the prior year.

The military’s response to the Coronavirus is almost certainly to blame for the rise.

[ … ]

He also tweeted at the university where I am a student, Hillsdale College, and told them to “come get your boy” for questioning the military’s quarantine and lockdown policies. General Donahoe, apparently, thinks the private sector is just like the military, where criticism can be stopped, and careers ended, with a mere snap of the fingers. As the thread attracted more attention, one commenter asked the General “how many wars he’d won.” The General responded by accusing the questioner of “shilling for Putin.” When I asked if Putin was the reason America had lost in Afghanistan, the General blocked me.

My interaction with the General serves as a microcosm of the American military’s cultural rot. Here we have a two-star General who spends his days on social media hyping a vaccine for an illness that poses minimal risk to his troops. When pressed on why America can’t win wars and why he embraces policies that treat healthy people like biohazards, his first response is to accuse his critics of treachery and then block them from view.

This is what $693 billion a year buys you: unbridled arrogance from the leaders of a military that can’t win against third world tribesmen armed with small arms and homemade explosives. A significant portion of our military leaders, like General Donahoe, are totally detached from reality. They face no consequences for losing wars or losing troops to preventable suicides. Many of them don’t really command anything at all. They are so ensconced in layers of bureaucrats, staff, operations and logistics shops, briefs, intelligence reports, public affairs officials, and aides that there is usually no danger of the public uncovering their true character, lack of leadership, or empty careers.

Task & Purpose had a fawning piece on him a while back.

One of the reasons Donahoe — who commissioned in 1989 through the ROTC program at Villanova University, and most recently served as the Deputy Commanding General of Operations for the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, New York — says he engages in Twitter is because it exposes him to viewpoints he otherwise could miss out on. Because of his rank, he’s insulated from the views, complaints, and opinions from lower ranking soldiers. But with Twitter, he’s able to get unfiltered perspectives, straight from the source.

“What I enjoy following [@LadyLovesTaft] is she’s got a perspective that I don’t have,” Donahoe said at AUSA. “I’ve never been a female lieutenant in the United States Army, I’ve never had that experience … those really are valuable insights for us. What is it that a female lieutenant in uniform in a combat arms unit faces on a daily basis? I got nothing, other than what’s being reported through 42 filters. This is unfiltered, unvarnished.

How embarrassing for Task & Purpose.  And how embarrassing for the U.S. military.  And how embarrassing for America.

But then, these two ladies aren’t the exception in today’s military leadership.  They’re the rule.

How sad and pathetic.


  1. On July 28, 2021 at 11:05 pm, Retired said:


    Obeyed Obama and fired Flynn. Bad move.

    Appointed traitors to DOJ/AG, FBI, CIA, and PROMOTED Millie as Chairman JCS.

    For show, he signed EO 13848 authorizing martial law if the election was rigged.

    Many veterans I talked to from Nov 4 up to Jan 20 thought Biden would never be inaugurated. Their sources: You Tube hucksters.

    Trump signed some paper giving him control over special forces. Here comes the arrests! Yay!

    Millie hates the guy who appointed him.

    Trump blames Pence for not taking a bullet.

    Fuck Trump. Weakest leader who ever sat in the Oval Office.

  2. On July 29, 2021 at 2:41 am, Hudson H Luce said:

    “It is admitted then, that a standing army in time of peace is an evil. I ask then, why should this government be authorized to do evil? If the principles and habits of the people of this country are opposed to standing armies in time of peace, if they do not contribute to the public good, but would endanger the public liberty and happiness, why should the government be vested with the power? No reason can be given, why rulers should be authorized to do, what, if done, would oppose the principles and habits of the people, and endanger the public safety; but there is every reason in the world, that they should be prohibited from the exercise of such a power. But this author supposes, that no danger is to be apprehended from the exercise of this power, because if armies are kept up, it will be by the people themselves, and therefore, to provide against it would be as absurd as for a man to “pass a law in his family, that no troops should be quartered in his family by his consent.” This reasoning supposes, that the general government is to be exercised by the people of America themselves. But such an idea is groundless and absurd. There is surely a distinction between the people and their rulers, even when the latter are representatives of the former. They certainly are not identically the same, and it cannot be disputed, but it may and often does happen, that they do not possess the same sentiments or pursue the same interests. I think I have shown [in a previous paper] that as this government is constructed, there is little reason to expect, that the interest of the people and their rulers will be the same.”

  3. On July 29, 2021 at 6:57 am, Matt Bracken said:

    A military reduced to a joke needs a new and more fitting moniker.

    I suggest The WAMM: The Woke American Marxist Military.

    Below: woke purple-haired Milley meme, with WAMM captions:

  4. On July 29, 2021 at 6:58 am, Matt Bracken said:

    “I’d like to have two armies: one for display with lovely guns, tanks, little soldiers, staffs, distinguished and doddering Generals, and dear little regimental officers who would be deeply concerned over their General’s bowel movements or their Colonel’s piles, an army that would be shown for a modest fee on every fairground in the country. The other would be the real one, composed entirely of young enthusiasts in camouflage uniforms, who would not be put on display, but from whom impossible efforts would be demanded and to whom all sorts of tricks would be taught. That’s the army in which I should like to fight.”
    ― Jean Lartéguy

  5. On July 29, 2021 at 7:48 am, Fred said:

    The Donahoe thing is very funny. Thanks for the laugh.

  6. On July 29, 2021 at 7:58 am, Edward Cuevas said:

    The left is making great inroads in their last hurdle. The military.

  7. On July 29, 2021 at 8:08 am, Bill Buppert said:

    “Task and Purpose” has always been a politically correct and intellectually vapid site that caters to the worst aspects of woke platitudes and silliness.

  8. On July 29, 2021 at 8:33 am, Fred said:

    So Mr Buppert, what you’re saying is, that it is the exact right outlet for military “news?”

  9. On July 29, 2021 at 9:56 am, DWEEZIL THE WEASEL said:

    The “Woke Marxist Military” will not be used against the Chinamen or the Russians. It will be used against us. And, the sheeple, normies, and cucks will stand out on the street corners and cheer them, just as they cheered the Ninja-Orcs who went door-to-door after the: “Boston Marathon Bombing”, wiping their asses with the BOR. Plan accordingly. Bleib ubrig.

  10. On July 29, 2021 at 10:26 am, Jaybo said:

    Matt we have that army they just haven’t suited up yet

  11. On July 29, 2021 at 12:54 pm, Brad said:

    Oh we had a coup. The people currently occupying the White House Staged it. What happens when they decide they are not leaving? Who’s going to remove them. Remember when they were asking those questions about Trump? They were projecting. The lefts pretty good at that.

  12. On July 29, 2021 at 1:44 pm, Sisu said:

    Makes me think of all the coups in Africa and elsewhere accomplished by senior enlisted and mid rank non comms. …

    A number of years ago I worked for a retired four-star; very impressive presence until questioned about his instructions regarding actions to address the issues of the business, which was confronting many regulatory investigations and operational issues. … At one point in a private conversation the only response I received was “the only reason you’re asking is to ‘size me up'”. No; the reason I was asking was to clarify what you were repeating word for word which made no sense. … Another time, he subordinated himself to a “corrupt” stockholder by curling up in an office visitor chair and compulsively eating M&Ms out of a baggy while taking the abuse. … On the board of this public company were other generals (two- and three-stars; no Navy or Coast Guard) … The bookkeeping was the charge of full colonels … All out of the Pentagon; no private sector experience. … I was not there for long; I still cannot fathom that these were senior military officers. … In another role I worked with a former carrier flight deck commander – tremendous management skills.

    The US military is “scary” but not for reasons which which are at the ready to advance “freedom” least of all in America.

  13. On July 29, 2021 at 1:52 pm, It's Been Written said:

    The designated soy moob pretty pink ballerina losers of WWIII. Ruthless cut throat external enemies laugh at these pampered Petraeus wannabe politicians. The Pentagram isn’t in the business of war winning but they can find the best $500 toilet seat that money can buy.
    Meanwhile the Taliban is beheading as many “interpreters” as they can before the CPUSA dems can relocate them here.

    “We have nukes that can take out the deep state.”

    Vladimir Putin

  14. On July 29, 2021 at 6:08 pm, The Black Death said:

    Never cared much for general officers – most I worked around were politicians. Looks like it has only gotten worse.

  15. On July 29, 2021 at 6:57 pm, Bill Buppert said:

    How many US flag officers have fought to victory since the War to Save Josef Stalin?


    While infantry skills may be moldy and outdated for near-peer/peer contests, I guarantee you every creature in uniform is up to date on the groin tackle and pigmentation training, communism in blackface indoctrination and sexual harassment updates

    Whatever happens to the Quislings, collaborators, turncoats and occupation sympathizers in AFG is regrettable but any one with a rear view mirror to history know that the last 75 years have proven that a coalition with Americans can be hazardous to your health once they finally flee back to CONUS.

    Spent almost two years there in Kabul and the northern hinterlands, the whole culture is built on “reshvat”, honor and revenge. They are masters of the petite guerre and we would be well advised to take notes for the spicy times ahead.

    Miss Babbitt is the only veteran in America since 1945 who has died in the cause of freedom.

  16. On July 29, 2021 at 7:58 pm, Fuel Filter said:

    Yeah. “Task and Purpose” my ass.

    Had the misfortune of watching one (1) of his vids. Knew, then and there, he was just another huckster, or carnival barker.

    Took damn near forever to get him off my TooB feed. Still makes an appearance now and again, and I just downvote him (can’t see nor add to comments. A ROKU box doesn’t even show them.

    But would have torched him long ago if able.

  17. On July 30, 2021 at 4:23 am, Tom762 said:

    “Miss Babbitt is the only veteran in America since 1945 who has died in the cause of freedom”

    Something tells me that is about to change, perhaps a thousand fold. Pray for our patriots. Sporky time a-coming!

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