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Kelly’s White House Tirade Snuffed A Candle Of Hope

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Kelly’s White House Tirade Snuffed A Candle Of Hope

General John Kelly

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


WASHINGTON — White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was an officer, but he’s not a gentleman.

So much for the deft touch his job demands and the high hope we held he’d be a voice of reason, the innkeeper for the inmates of the Trump presidency.

As the days passed this bleak week, Kelly kept a silence, hardened into ice. He failed to apologize to a Democratic congresswoman of color for speaking poorly and falsely of her in a national media moment. Nor did he have a kind word for a pregnant Gold Star widow whose husband died in Niger. Even while saying women were “sacred.”

Mind you, Kelly was a four-star Marine Corps general, so he was slumming by speaking to civilian dweebs in the White House press corps. In the world we live in now, his stars give him a pass to speak strange untruths with no consequences.

Take it from Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “If you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that’s highly inappropriate.” The White House spokeswoman delivered her chilling line straight, snide, with a scowl.

Praising the warrior class, Kelly made clear “the best 1 percent this country produces” are superior to the rest of us in a band of brothers, we happy few, Shakespearean way. That’s bad news in democracy, which depends upon civilian control of the military.

It’s un-American to exalt the military, sir. But Marines are a breed apart, even in the military. Their fierce intensity inculcates a faith they are tougher than the rest: Army, Navy, Air Force. Huzzah.

Kelly was called out by a few pundits after a morbid solo in the pressroom, where he described how casualties are wrapped in shrouds and packed in ice. His son Robert was a Marine Corps casualty seven years ago in Afghanistan. It felt like yesterday as he recounted hearing the news from fellow Marine Corps commander, Joseph “Fighting Joe” Dunford, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Clearly, the chief’s raw grief and anger on display created a potent political brew. His smear of Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., however, salted a grieving family’s wound and exposed a grim thinker with no sympathy for 99 percent of the populace.

Here’s Thomas Friedman of The New York Times: “Kelly squandered his moral authority.” Richard Cohen in The Washington Post: “Did Kelly lie or did he misremember? I prefer the second choice, but either way, the stars he once wore on his shoulder do not immunize him.”

Back in the briefing room, Kelly accused Wilson of grandstanding at the 2015 dedication of an FBI building, which was proved wrong. In Boston slang, he spoke harshly of her as an “empty barrel.”

Too bad he wildly missed the reason Wilson was with the widow when the president called her to say, “(Y)our guy … knew what he signed up for,” in his inimitable way.

Trump’s call came in on speakerphone in a parked vehicle.

At that moment, Wilson kept a vigil with the family of the slain soldier, La David Johnson, while waiting for his remains with an Army team. The congresswoman saw the sergeant grow up and mentored him as a youth. She was a family friend.

“When (Kelly) lied on me, he lied to them,” Wilson said, meaning the American people. She’s a spirited 74.

“The only thing I could do to collect my thoughts,” Kelly concluded, was to go to Arlington National Cemetery across the river that day.

Perhaps the battle-hardened Marine, 67, knows Montgomery Meigs, the Civil War quartermaster general, was the genius who suggested to President Lincoln: Let’s turn Robert E. Lee’s rolling plantation acres, Arlington, into a “field of honor” for Union soldiers.

The symbol was not so subtle: Their blood was on Lee’s hands. Meigs hated Lee, whom he knew, as a traitor. Like Kelly, he buried there his own son John, a West Point-educated soldier who died young in Virginia in 1864.

Kelly sure knows this: We have an all-volunteer military because the Pentagon and presidents like it that way. They can go to war easier. A draft requires a social consensus.

As for civilians, the last candle of hope at the court was extinguished with Kelly’s tirade.

To find out more about Jamie Stiehm, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.





  1. bojimbo26 October 29, 2017

    An *officer* but NO gentleman . ( Just a liar ) .

  2. Dominick Vila October 30, 2017

    Kelly’s credibility as a distinguished military officer, and a man of integrity, has been tarnished forever as a result of his decision to repeat a false story, and then refusing to apologize when his lies were exposed. I would not be surprised if the story he cited came from his boss, and his reluctance to apologize involve the need to protect the real source of the story. Whatever the reason, his credibility is at the bottom of the swamp they claim to be emptying.

    1. Independent1 October 31, 2017

      And even a right-wing contributor to the WaPo agrees with you, and she makes even another argument for why political candidates with strong military backgrounds have not proven to make good presidents aside from maybe our first president.

      John Kelly isn’t helping matters any

      A couple excerpts:

      Kelly was asked about the recent decision by a Virginia church to remove plaques that honored the Confederate general and George Washington.

      “I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man,” Kelly told Ingraham. “He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”

      That’s absurd, of course. The Civil War was about slavery, and Lee made the reprehensible decision to commit treason, to fight against his country. Was the “compromise” Kelly thought possible to keep slavery in the states where it already existed? It seems Kelly is not better than Trump when it comes to
      understanding the seminal event in U.S. history.

      In other words, a chief of staff with disdain for democracy serves an
      authoritarian-minded president who disdains democracy. And you wonder
      why things have gone from bad to worse both for Trump and Kelly?


      1. Dominick Vila October 31, 2017

        I can’t believe a military officer, with the training and experience of Gen Kelly, suggested a compromise between slavery and freedom may have averted the Civil War. No wonder Trump holds him in such high esteem.

        1. Independent1 October 31, 2017

          On an unrelated subject, it appears that there was a disaster that that took place at North Korea’s nuclear test site; the first I saw of it was via an email from a right-wing propaganda site; but here’s something from the Daily Star in the UK:

          North Korea DISASTER – at least 200 dead as Kim Jong-un’s nuclear base COLLAPSES

          The tunnel was “unfinished” and was being constructed at the mountain site Punggye-ri. At least 100 workers excavating the new dig were crushed, and another 100
          were killed in a second collapse during rescue efforts, reports Japanese TV. North Korea observers have made repeated warnings about the risk of collapse following a number of inexplicable earthquakes.

          Fears have also been raised that a major incident could release massive amounts of radiation over the Korean Peninsula.


          1. Dominick Vila October 31, 2017

            This explains why Kim Jong-Un has not conducted the promised nuclear tests, and stopped launching missiles. It is hard to believe that people capable of building nuclear warheads and missiles, don’t know how to build a tunnel…

          2. Independent1 November 1, 2017

            If you haven’t seen anything on this, here’s an article you may find of interest:

            Did Moscow Get Help From the Trump Campaign in Its Social-Media Trolling?

            Here are some excerpts:

            But if we know, at least in rudimentary form, what the Russian-backed bots and trolls did last year, we don’t know yet whether
            or not they had help. In the opinion of the two senators leading the SSCI investigation, it’s an open question as to whether there was collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. But many wonder: How did the Russians know when and where to place their ads, whom to target, and which voters might be persuadable?

            Mike Carpenter, who served as assistant secretary of defense
            on Russia during the Obama administration, is one. “Could they have hired a warehouse full of people in Moscow and had them read Nate Silver’s blog every morning and determine what messages to post to what demographics? Sure, theoretically that’s possible,” he told Vanity Fair.“But that’s not how they do this. And it’s not surprising that it took Facebook this long to figure out the ad buys. The Russians are excellent at covering their tracks. They’ll subcontract people in Macedonia or Albania or Cyprus and pay them via the dark Web. They always use locals to craft the campaign appropriately. My only question about 2016 is who exactly was helping them here.”

            As long ago as this past July, members of Congress and the Department of Justice were thinking along the same lines, according to an investigative report by McClatchy that month. “I get the fact that the Russian intel services could figure out how to manipulate and use the bots,” Senator Mark Warner, vice chair of SSCI, told a podcast cited in the McClatchy report. “Whether they could know how to target states and levels of voters that the Democrats weren’t even aware [of] really raises some questions.… How did they know to go to that level of detail in those kinds of jurisdictions?” Among the targets chosen by the Russians placing ads were women and African-Americans in Wisconsin and Michigan, two critical swing states won by Trump last November, McClatchy reported. Added Warner, “The Democrats were too brain dead to realize those states were even in play.” So how did the Russians figure that out?

            For much more, go here:


          3. Dominick Vila November 1, 2017

            Thanks! Remember the trolls that posted several times a day on the NM? They all disappeared the day after the election. Kind of odd, isn’t it?

          4. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

            on this trip he is going on its his childish clown moron mode he will tell the pilot to fly close to North Korea . DUMP 45 acting like a MORON ! just to child tweet FATBOY telling him that he did it . just like the child minded clown he is will just try to aggravate him the Fat Boy

          5. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

            .. if the North Korea fat boy really wants to piss DUMPSTER DONNY off all he has to do it tweet him back or any type of sending the DUMP45 CLOWN messages . Fat Boy just has to tell his men to research the internet on DUMPSTER DONNY .. and messaging DUMP 45 things like hey DUMP 45 have you beat and raped your wife lately ? and are you a tough guy to be able to beat up on women ? AND say DUMP 45 I seen an interview of you talking how you would love to bang your own daughter how many time have you had sexy with her ? BTW you sick perverted DUMPSTER do you feel the same way about having sex with your sons ? ive seen things saying your a child molester too DUMP . no perversion too low for you I see . im wondering DUMP 45 how many are the numbers of women you sexually assaulted ? last I seen it was 12to 25 . but DUMP 45 boy we all know you being the sick PERV. you are there has to be many more then that !

          6. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

            as for your business life DUMP 45 I see your pretty much a loser there . with all the people you screw out of money all the time and what 5 to 10 bankrupts ! from where I see you your a POS. and don’t forget not only are you a loser and a nasty perverted scum bag you can add a COWARD TO YOUR LIST what was it COWSRD DUMP 45 5 or 10 draft dodging chicken running away moves you’ve done ? NOW to post message like this to DUMP 45 from North Korea’s fat boy would do more damages to DUMP 45 EGO then any NUKE missiles would do .

          7. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

            if I could send a letter to N. Korea’s fat-boy id tell him to do this . better then any bomb . as I see it now really fat boy has all the cards he just has to play them right . he could say ok fine world you all want me to stop my NUKE BOMB game ? it will cost you . and then he could get all kinds of things sanctions lifted even . he would just have to promises no more NUKE’s just like Iran did to get their sanctions lifted . Korea could get food and so many other things that could help the people just fat boy has to just grow up and stop his bull . heck sending fat boy a letter could who knows maybe save WW3 from starting and kicking DUMPSTER DONNY IN HIS GRAINS OF SAND !! and another thing you know child minded tweeter clown DUMP 45 wont be able to control him self and hit to tweeting to a point im sure all the ones in office will pull the 25 amendment on that RICK HEAD and get the clown out .

        2. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

          Kelly cream for brains is a mirror image of DUMP 45 he is a racist bigot cold heartless evil POS . talked about where he grew up and its here near Boston . as the things he said about here it was all B/S the part of Boston he came from was just racist POS . he said he respected women where he grew up that’s B/S the evil nasty POS was one that felt it was ok to beat and rape your wife . all while banging any HOLE he could get his slimy hands on just like DUMPSTER DONNY . its sad that the country had a POS EVIL RACIST butt hole representing the USA . again he gets along with the DUMPSTER POS because thy are the spitting image of each other

  3. CrankyToo October 30, 2017

    Note to General Kelly:

    Sir, as a retired member of the Band of Brothers, I’m compelled to say that your disgraceful behavior has shamed us all. Apologies to Congresswoman Wilson and to the family of La David Johnson are certainly in order, and might go a long way toward restoring your integrity.

    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

      if there was any brothers best bet thy disown the racist bigot

    2. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

      Sir, as a retired member of the Band of Brothers, I’m compelled to say that your disgraceful behavior has shamed us all. Apologies to Congresswoman Wilson and to the family of La David Johnson are certainly in order, and might go a long way toward restoring your integrity.
      //// integrity ???????// its all thrown out the window when he joined his twin EVIL HATEFUL RACIST BIGOT new friend DUMP 45 . the General Kelly is now in the sewer swamp over flowing with DUMP 45’S B/S DUMPSTER DONNY IS LIKE A CANCER THAT NEVER STOPS GROWING JUST EATS AWAY TILL IT DESTROYS EVERY THING

  4. Phil Christensen October 31, 2017

    I guess Kelly doesn’t get the gold-star parent pass. The disgrace is on Frederica Wilson. for using Myeshia Johnson as her pawn. There’s no way Johnson or any gold-star widow would have had the presence of mind to be this calculating.

    1. Independent1 October 31, 2017

      You are such a worthless piece garage you have absolutely no credibility from which to criticize anyone aside yourself. Snakes in the grass are stepped on not looked up to for any insights whatsoever.

      1. Phil Christensen November 1, 2017

        Always good to read your reasoned, measured insights.

        1. Independent1 November 1, 2017

          Reason?? You right-wing nutcases don’t have a clue as to what reasoned even means!! You’re idiot in the EPA has just announced he’s going to replace all the people with any reason that advise him with more nut jobs like you who deny global warming is man induced. In other words, he’s going to stack the EPA with more global warming deniers who refused to understand any since of reason that is supported by 97% of environmental scientists!! You are an absolute JOKE!!!!

          You snidely suggesting my last post lacked reason is about as absurd as it gets!!!!!!

          1. Phil Christensen November 3, 2017

            Snidely? Sigh. You really need to stop obsessing over me.

          2. Independent1 November 3, 2017

            Really? Stop obsessing about right-wingers like you who are killing off humanity? Right-wing led states lead America in every form of premature death you can list!! Your ideology is the ideology of death!! And you want me to stop obsessing about you worthless pieces of crap over what you’re doing to my family and the rest of humanity!! It ain’t going to happen until you’re all gone!!!

          3. Phil Christensen November 6, 2017

            Letting go of your desire for genocide would be a start.

          4. Independent1 November 6, 2017

            Denial is a common trait with serial killers such as yourself. I’m not the only one who’s been calling Republicans murderers for years!! You’re well aware that Republicans will knowingly pass laws even when countless experts tell them doing so will end up with thousands, maybe millions of people dying.

            And just like you, they care nothing about being responsible for those murders because putting money in their pockets is more important that the lives of even millions.

            MURDERERS YOU ARE!!!!!!

          5. Phil Christensen November 7, 2017

            This is comedy gold. Thank you.

          6. Independent1 November 8, 2017

            Denial is the modus operandi of all serial killers. You’re the one who has to live with the guilt.

          7. Phil Christensen November 10, 2017

            Again, thank you. The internet is forever.

          8. Independent1 November 11, 2017

            Yes, I’m sure Satan will appreciate your help stoking the fire.

          9. Independent1 November 3, 2017

            And if you doubt what I’m say about the GOP being the party of premature death, here’s just a few stats:

            CDC Lung Cancer death rates by state 2015. Over 95% of the 21 states with the most lung cancer deaths are run by the GOP Highest death rate states: OK, LA, AR, MO, MS, AL, IN, TN, KY, OH, WV, ME States with next highest death rates: KS, IA, IL, PA, VA, NC, SC, GA, NV

            CDC Death rates by state for all forms of cancer combined 2015 All ten states with the highest cancer death rates are run by the GOP From 1 to 10: KY, LA, MS, WV, TN, AR, AL, IN, OH, OK

            24/7 Wall Street 2015 Study of heart disease related deaths by state Only 1 of the 15 states with the highest heart disease death Rates has not been run by the GOP for over the last 5 years MS, OK, TN, WV,KY, AL, AR, GA, LA, SC, MI, NC, OH, NY,TN

            -The 8 Healthiest states in America are all Blue States: HI, MN, CT, CA, NY, MA, NH, NJ

            -GOP-run states by far lead the nation in every form of people dying prematurely – be it at birth or giving birth, be it by disease, or by gun, or by some other form of violence even by auto accident: 27 of the 30 states with the highest auto accident fatalityrates/100,000 population are red states and 15 of the states with the lowest overall life expectancy in the U.S. are RED STATES?? Such that there is a large disparity in longevity between Red States and Blue States: at a minimum, residents of blue states live 2 years longer than residents of red states. To the extreme, the Blue State residents of 9 states with longevity projected to 80 and older, live as much as 5-6 years longer than the residents of the 4 shortest-lived GOP-RUN STATES of MS, WV, AL & LA.

            Follow this: starting with longevity projections for red states of 75 in: Miss., W. Va., Ala. & LA.; to 76 in: Arkansas, Kentucky & Tennessee to 77 in: S. Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio & N. Carolina; while no Blue State has a longevity projection of less than 78, and many blue/purple states have longevity projected to 80 and over: N.J., N.H., Vermont, N.Y., Mass., Calif., CT, Minn. & Hawaii; Only one red state has longevity projected to 80 Utah (80.2), while 2 Blue States have longevity projections of over 81 –Minn. & Hawaii)

          10. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

            there’s a never ending brain dead DONNY DUMP FOLLOWER MORON’S cloned I’ll bet

          11. Phil Christensen November 6, 2017

            You’re off you meds again, aren’t you?

        2. Independent1 November 1, 2017

          Do you have a family there lowlife?? Anyone whose future you care about?? My sense is no! Because you’re sitting back supporting a political party that is undoing everything that’s been done over the past several decades to extend the viability of the human race!!

          How do you sleep at night knowing you’re working to help those that are working diligently to shorten your life and the lives of all your family members and friends???

          And if you don’t realize that – you’re as dumb as a rock and your opinions are totally worthless!!!!!

  5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 31, 2017

    Kelly not only stained the military in a very perverse manner, but he stained the memory of his dead son without any remorse.
    By Kelly’s malicious nature and responses so far in light of the tragedy in Niger, Kelly debased his son and his family. This is the price one pays by becoming involved with the GOP.

    Some strange chemistry comes to play the moment one signs up for affiliation and duty with the GOP—far more so than affiliation with the other Party, or any other party.

    Just take a look at an Administration now loaded with malfeasant individuals who at some point may have been decent in the earlier stages of their lives. Yet, the moment they steps into the arena of Conservative politics, a pernicious transformation takes place, slowly and relentlessly.

    Ben Carson is an excellent example of the dark transformation that occurs; Steve Bannon is another; and so on.

  6. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

    as I watch the DUMP 45 CLOWN go to these armed services functions its disgusting to watch DUMP 45 salute the flag . all true real armed services personal must be embarrassed to see and watch a COWARD draft dodging POS doing that . makes me sick seeing that clown do that this POS has no respect for the armed services . he just likes playing the child minded clown that in his dreams having generals around him makes him a hero . no DUMP 45 that makes you more the ZERO you scum bag full of B/S !!

  7. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

    when ever DUMP 45 says (and says this a lot ) that there are so many people or a real lot of people saying this or seeing things that way . its really just him he is talking about . its just him saying this and that and just him seeing things this way or that way . if there’s any thing good about the DUMP 45 (truly its not much at all if anything ) but he dose give a heads up for any time he says BELIEVE ME that the time he is lying through his mouth full of B/S teeth

  8. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

    DUMP 45 your not involved in the DOJ because your opinion isn’t worth CHIT . it don’t matter for your a MORON so nothing you think say or do matters much . all you do is full blown KAOS !! to any and every thing you come in contact with . and DUMP 45 you have the grains of sand to say Hillary is the most corrupted person ? have you look in the mirror DUMP 45 ? for there you would see the most corrupted person of all time !! the USA might get real lucky on this trip the DUMP 45 has taken the luck for the USA and might have the CLOWN fly to his B/F’s country Russia to get away from all his BULLSHIfT he has piled up here in the USA he knows Mueller will be getting to him soon after he weeds his way through the DUMP 45 CULT ,KLAN & brain washed and brain dead staff .

  9. ivory69690@yahoo.com November 4, 2017

    DUMP 45 he will see just how loyal thy all will be (the brain dead CLUT KLAN & STAFF ) when its either them or you that go to jail ? how loyal do you think those people will be when its time for them to go to jail for all the B/S you did to the country . your only worth that much to yourself even there your too over ratted . think your wife will be very happy when you go to jail . then she can get a real man . not with little hands . heck she might even go after your son. send you pics of her and him in bed . or she could get a black guy and send you pics and videos of them in bed having sex . saying to you see DUMP this is how a real man has sex something you will never know . BUT with DUMP 45 in jail he might find a real man to have sex with !! ///


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