Quote for the day…
As a kid, I used to watch “The Wizard of Oz” and wondered how someone could talk if they didn’t have a brain. Then I got social media. -Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:
- The Western Word Poll
- The Rosendale Newsletter
- The D.C. Rally
- Reading Assignments
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
Last week the Washington Post (WaP0) reported that twice in the final months of the Trump administration, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was so fearful that the president’s actions might spark a war with China that he moved urgently to avert armed conflict.
This information was from a new book called “Peril” by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa.
WaPo also reported that Milley also summoned senior officers to review the procedures for launching nuclear weapons, saying the president alone could give the order — but, crucially, that he, Milley, also had to be involved. Looking each in the eye, Milley asked the officers to affirm that they had understood, the authors write, in what he considered an “oath.”
Read the complete WaPo article HERE.
This week’s poll question asks, “Do you agree with the actions taken by General Mark Milley?”
The results will be released later this week.
THE ROSENDALE NEWSLETTER:
The latest newsletter from U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT/AL) hit my inbox on Saturday. Here are some gems:
On September 14, I cosponsored bill H.R. 3860, which would prevent our members of the Armed Forces from being forced to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID vaccines are readily available to those who want them. I have been and remain strongly opposed to any mandate or passport for a COVID vaccine.
I have my doubts that this bill will see the light of day. Freedom is not free.
On September 16, 2021, I signed a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, expressing grave concern over General Milley’s ability to exercise his duties and responsibilities as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in light of stunning new allegations that indicated General Milley blatantly disregarded the concept of civilian control of the military, and gave aid and comfort to America’s principal adversary, the Chinese Communist Party. The letter requested a formal AR 15-6 Investigation commence immediately with regard to these allegations.
This is nothing but trying to score political points.
As you may have seen in my recent statement, 75 refugees from Afghanistan will be arriving in Montana, with more likely to come in the near future. I have advocated that we should try and settle these individuals in other countries around Afghanistan that share their values and culture, especially if we can not ensure proper vetting.
I want to trade Rosendale for the refugees…
You can read the complete newsletter by clicking HERE.
THE D.C. RALLY:
I’ve seen different reports about Saturday’s “Justice for J6” rally to support those who were arrested in the January 6 insurrection. Politico said about 200 showed up. Another report said there were “dozens.” Another said, “Turnout was at best half of the 700 predicted…”
The Washington Post reported that Capitol Police said Saturday afternoon that between 400 and 450 people had been observed at some point inside the protest zone. But many of them were journalists and other bystanders.
There have been over 643 arrested for the January 6 insurrection. (Source)
So, this ended up being a laugher.
Here are some things you should read…
Gazette opinion: Political centrism may not be fashionable, but it’s right for Montana
This editorial is right in so many ways…
With hands tied, Montana officials issue public health plea
People should listen to health experts, not politicians…
Body found in Wyoming believed to be Gabrielle Petito
This story is so sad. Prayers for her family…