I have been listening to the discussion of General Kelly's statement today and have been distressed. I am a retired Army officer and know that that General Kelly's statement was inconsistent with Army values so I decided to check for what the Marine Corps holds as its core values. The following is from the USMC website: [link:http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/hrom/New-Employees/About-the-Marine-Corps/Values/|
HONOR. This is the bedrock of our character. It is the quality that empowers Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior: to never lie, cheat, or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; to respect human dignity; and to have respect and concern for each other. It represents the maturity, dedication, trust, and dependability that commit Marines to act responsibly, be accountable for their actions, fulfill their obligations, and hold others accountable for their actions.
COURAGE. The heart of our Core Values, courage is the mental, moral, and physical strength ingrained in Marines that sees them through the challenges of combat and the mastery of fear, and to do what is right, to adhere to a higher standard of personal conduct, to lead by example, and to make tough decisions under stress and pressure. It is the inner strength that enables a Marine to take that extra step.
COMMITMENT. This is the spirit of determination and dedication within members of a force of arms that leads to professionalism and mastery of the art of war. It promotes the highest order of discipline for unit and self and is the ingredient that instills dedication to Corps and country 24 hours a day, pride, concern for others, and an unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor. Commitment is the value that establishes the Marine as the warrior and citizen others strive to emulate.
I am left to conclude that General Kelly has abandoned his personal honor. He does not have any regard for others. He does not hold others, in this case President Trump, accountable. He does not lead by example. He does not make the tough decisions under stress and pressure.
I am sure that he once held to Marine core values or else he would not have risen to the rank he did. I am profoundly disappointed that he did not hold to those values when it mattered.
He was not "always faithful."
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