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White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly Says Robert E Lee Was An 'Honorable Man'
White House chief of staff John Kelly raised eyebrows when he discussed the historical context of controversial monuments dedicated to Confederate figures in the US Civil War.
Speaking to Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Monday, Kelly discussed the controversy surrounding the removal of plaques that honored Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee and George Washington. The plaques, which came in a set, were hung inside a church in 1870 and are scheduled to be removed following the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"History is history," said Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general. "There's certain things in history that were not so good, and other things that were very, very good."
"I think we make a mistake though, and as a society, and certainly as individuals when we take what is today accepted as right and wrong, and go back 100, 200, 300 years," he continued.
Monuments dedicated to Lee, particularly the statue in Charlottesville that attracted a following from white nationalists, have been viewed unfavorably as civil rights groups have become more vocal on the racial implications behind the Confederacy's narrative.
"It's inconceivable to me that you would take what we think now and apply it back then," Kelly said. "I think it's very, very dangerous. And it shows you how much of a lack of appreciation of history, and what history is."
"I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man," he continued. "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."
Kelly continued to suggest that the Civil War was initiated after the North and South failed to come to a compromise.
"But the lack of an ability to compromise led to civil war," Kelly said. "And men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand."
Kelly's statement echoed President Donald Trump's condemnation of "both sides" following the deadly protest in Charlottesville. Trump's comments attracted critics when he coined the term "alt-left" for counter-protestors protesting against white nationalists, who were widely viewed as the antagonizing force in the riots.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides," Trump said at a press conference in August. "On many sides."
Chief of Staff John Kelly praises Robert E Lee as "honorable man," says "lack of an ability to compromise led to the civil war," not slavery pic.twitter.com/GSuVRrGKlQ
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The leader of a Chicago-area street gang has been arrested and charged with attempting to aid the ISIS terrorist group, the Department of Justice said Friday.
Jason Brown, also known as "Abdul Ja'Me," allegedly gave $500 on three separate occasions in 2019 to a confidential informant Brown believed would then wire it to an ISIS fighter engaged in combat in Syria. The purported ISIS fighter was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, according to a DoJ news release.
My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead
"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."
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Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.
As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.
But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.
Sen. Rick Scott is backing a bipartisan bill that would allow service members to essentially sue the United States government for medical malpractice if they are injured in the care of military doctors.
The measure has already passed the House and it has been introduced in the Senate, where Scott says he will sign on as a co-sponsor.
"As a U.S. Senator and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, taking care of our military members, veterans and their families is my top priority," the Florida Republican said in a statement.