Op/Ed: Kelly, Mattis need to do the right thing

JD Lock, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired)

Published - USA Today, 10 September 2018

www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/09/09/readers-nyt-op-ed-trump-socialism-kavanaugh-kaepernick-trade/1213898002/

Original Title: Make America Great Again

 

It is time for both former Generals John Kelly and James Mattis to recall that their oaths of office are to the Constitution, the nation, and not to a person, the president.  As a reminder, here is a portion of that oath: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”  Gentlemen, you have already destroyed your reputations having aided and abetted this ongoing charade for as long as you have.  It is time to, finally, do the right thing – resign and testify to Congress of this clear and present danger to our national interests.  As Marine grunts, you had to make the hard, life and death decisions in the past.  Reflect on those days when you had character and integrity and do the honorable thing, now, and help put this farcical, threatening, reality presidency to rest.  Ironically, that is the one act that will make America great again.