October 23, 2017

Kelly, in Defending Trump Call, Holds Up Military as an Elite Class

Source: The New York Times

Journalist: Thomas Gibbons-Neff

WASHINGTON — When John F. Kelly stood in the White House briefing room on Thursday and described how the remains of American troops killed in combat are shipped home and then called on only reporters who knew families of dead service members, he held to an underlying theme: The military is an elite class separated from the American people by its infallible values.

To some veterans, it was a genuine statement to a public with little understanding of the violence and loss of war. To others, Mr. Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, only expanded the ever-growing gulf between the United States’ all-volunteer military and the public it serves.

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