Others have already dealt with Gen. Kelly's duplicity in his accusations against Rep. Wilson. They're right, and he lied. That's that.

OTOH, none of the pundits I've read/heard have considered the event the got this all started: what (and, likely, how) Donald J. Quisling said to Ms. Johnson. In Kelly's re-telling of the conversation between him and Quisling, he provided to Quisling the context of what he and his senior officer did in the same circumstance: offer the 'he knew what he was getting into' meme. Here's the problem(s):

1 - Donald J. Quisling has 0 empathy and 0 military experience
2 - Kelly and the officers he mentioned had decades of military experience and some years of combat experience
3 - the recipient of Donald J. Quisling's speech is a 24 year old pregnant mother and now widow
4 - La David Johnson enlisted in 2014, so not much past a recruit
He enlisted in the Army in January 2014 as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (91).
here He was not a macho killer. He fixed trucks.

So Ms. Johnson gets this phone call from Donald J. Quisling which follows, to some extent the meme offered by Kelly. If delivered, as I would expect, in the flippant liarly way of Donald J. Quisling she reacted as anyone would: with horror. Her husband fixed trucks, and now she finds out he got killed in a combat ambush. We don't, and likely may never, know what Sgt. Johnson told his wife about his deployment in Niger, but I'll bet a nickel she thought he was in base camp taking care of trucks.

Why was as a truck mechanic out on patrol??

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Comment by Steel Breeze on October 21, 2017 at 6:16am

as to your last question,i can only answer from the USMC view.....we are told,repeatedly,beyond a question of doubt.......'every Marine,regardless of MOS,is a rifleman FIRST'.....

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 21, 2017 at 6:50am

To support steel breezes point, every ROTC cadet is taught the essentials of combat. When we applied for a branch assignment we listed 3 choices. One had to be a combat branch - infantry, armor or artillery - and you did not choose, you were assigned. The military is about combat. Fixing trucks is secondary to that.

Comment by Arthur James on October 21, 2017 at 7:44am


Comment by Robert Young on October 21, 2017 at 8:09am

" 'every Marine,regardless of MOS,is a rifleman FIRST' "

yes, I don't deny such.  but that's not likely what Ms. Johnson thought.  and that's the point.  whether Kelly or Quisling were aware of the Sgt.'s history or not, it's quite clear she didn't.  her reaction, crying in the fetal position, is not the expected reaction of the veteran military spouse.  making her reaction to Quisling's call only, but only, her fault is wrong.

the ultimate point is that Quisling should just have called back and apologized.

Comment by Arthur James on October 21, 2017 at 8:17am



Mu MOS (military occupaTIOIN)


was 1-- Bravo -11-B-Infantry.


We sure are exposed to odd

behavior - ill-temperments.

I was drafted... I ofter wonder?

How/Why did I survive? I*(?) I

googlrds a You Tube with MOH

John Baca - I admit it... I

listened and shed tears. Tears

are cleansing...The South African

Poet said ` Somehow we survive.


I got a ` expert' baDGE FOR FIRING THE

M-14 - The M-16 was made by ` Matell

Toy Company. It has a plastic lightweight


War grief can

be heavy and

kill prematurely.


I sit @ Farm and

scarf up on great

carrots. Maybe I get

a orange head like Trump?






Comment by koshersalaami on October 21, 2017 at 8:55am

Trump call back and apologize? 

Trump call back and apologize?

Trump call back and apologize? 

It doesn't matter how you ask it, it's still a ridiculous question. 

Comment by Boanerges on October 21, 2017 at 1:52pm

Ya know, it's not enough to opine, "that's not what he meant", when the fact is, he did say precisely what was reported. Tone-deaf begins. Kelly's defence of the draft-dodger-in-chief is incomprehensible, and lowers my opinion (if that's possible) of brass hats in general.

As for repairing trucks as an MOS, I can sort of draw a parallel to my own experience as a Royal Canadian Corps of Signals militia corporal back in the '60s. We were all expected to qualify on the rifle ranges in addition to our specialty, in my case climbing telephone poles and the like to repair downed communications equipment.

While I didn't carry a weapon on the job (peace-time for us, after all), my father -- a signaler in the Second War -- most certainly did, and he too was expected to know how to use it.

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 21, 2017 at 2:01pm

About Ms. Johnson’s ignorance of her husband’s combat involvement: my father was on the front line in Germany, and in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. His letters Home implied that he was safe behind the lines so my mother wouldn’t worry.

Comment by Boanerges on October 21, 2017 at 2:07pm

For the record, I was in no way comparing what I did with regulars from any country's armed forces. Such people (at least those at the non-commissioned level) have had and do have all my respect.

Comment by Arthur James on October 21, 2017 at 2:13pm


GI's often write love letters (sweetly white lies?)

so their Family n& High School sweethearts don't

worry. I never wrote of PFC John Baca  MOH award

flopping on a grenade with a WW2- steel pot hat-

helmet War is Sorrow - Horror... Insanity - Evil!


grenade or GI


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