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Retired General Slams Trump For Getting Foreign Policy Directions From Fox News

Retired General Slams Trump For Getting Foreign Policy Directions From Fox News

Yesterday, CNN was holding a panel discussion
where a one of the panelists, a retired lieutenant general Mark Hertling said that Donald Trump
is ignoring the advice of, you know, military officials, everyone in the intelligence community,
the joint chiefs of staff, he’s ignoring all of them. And instead getting his advice about Iran
from people like Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity and every other
more on that fills the airwaves on Fox News. And a General Hartley here is 100% correct. That is where Donald Trump goes when he wants
to advice. Those are the people that he literally picks
up the phone and calls when he wants to know what to do. And yes, those are the people who are out
there saying, Iran attacked us. They attacked our drone. They attacked that Japanese tanker. Go take them out, Mr. President. And here’s the reason why. War is great for corporate media. International Armed Conflict is great for
the corporate media, which is also why CNN was hosting a panel about what the hell do
we do with Iran? Huh? CNN’s hands are not clean in this. Even though they hosted a guy who said he’s
listening to Fox instead of the people telling them not to. CNN was the biggest cheerleader for the Iraq
war and don’t think for a second that they wouldn’t turn into cheerleaders for an attack
on Iran. If it came down to it, Fox News would do the
same. And you know what? To a decent degree. So would MSNBC they might say that they’re
against it. Same as some of the hosts on CNN and the host
may be the host may not like it, but the hosts don’t call the shots on these networks folks. They really and truly do not. You who does? The people in the super nice suits, the people
pulling in billions of dollars a year instead of just a few million for an on air contract. The advertisers, those are the people who
call the shots on these networks and whether it’s a CNN and MSNBC or Fox News, they all
have the same goal. And that is to get as many eyeballs as possible
so we can make as much money as possible and nothing draws more eyeballs to cable news
then armed international conflict. The host may not like it. I know some of them don’t, but they don’t
really get a say in it. It’s the men and women upstairs, the men and
women looking at the books, the men and women figuring out how much more money they can
take in if they can get X amount of new viewers who tune in every night to see what the latest
war atrocities are going to be, because let’s not forget that MSNBC way back in the day,
they actually fired Phil Donahue for questioning the motivations getting us into Iraq. They’re hands are not clean in this either. None of them are, and while I do agree with
the General Hertling’s assessment that Donald Trump is getting his advice from horrible,
stupid people, that is true. The truth is that all of these networks are
being run by horrible people who make bad decisions, who don’t care about the actual
issues. They care about the dollars. And the more people they can get watching
their network, the more dollars they get. And again, nothing’s going to put more eyeballs
on their channel than a new war with Iran.

100 comments on “Retired General Slams Trump For Getting Foreign Policy Directions From Fox News

  1. The US military stopped being about defending America in WW2. Wake up. Over 20 million people dead, many women and children, since WW2 killed by American military. Eisenhower was correct.


    PEOPLE OF THE WORLD UNITE! Remove the DICTATORS PUTIN, TRUMP, DUTERTE, KIM JUNG UN, MCCONNEL, and every other Tyrant who laughs at the will of the people and destroys the world. REMOVE THEM! BRING THEM TO JUSTICE! MAKE THEM PAY FOR WHAT THEY'VE DONE!

  3. This asshole is not going to war; Putin, trump's daddy won't let him. The threats are done to manipulate the markets. He, his crooked family, and his greedy friends are lining their pickets via scare tactics. Follow the money.

  4. chump Knows this also, this is A Campaign Strategy. U.S. probably hit those ships and forced drone attack to up his ratings.

  5. Trumps the type of guy that hears a rumor and believes it’s a fact. Trump always says he hears people talking and everyone’s saying. Trump thinks the avengers are real. He thinks it’s terrible that good people died on both sides when thanos snapped his fingers.

  6. You are getting this all wrong… Media may cook the idea of war, so people could eat it… But real dollars will be made by those who related to army somehow. Also, real dollars will be made(presumably by US) in oil sector, because whole region will be unstable in case of war with Iran.

  7. Potato , why continue your following is of the always stupid and the dumbed down where is the motivation ? It's a tell as to the type of person you are..

  8. Stand strong American's
    Here we go again! This has been the most unfruitful 2 years love ever seen! Trump is not qualified for this job

  9. in england, fox news at its height had 8,000 viewers from a 65 million population ( less than one percent)
    then it was banned because of its hate mongering racist content.
    australia i hear its also banned !
    but the vile murdoch machine is still spewing hate in america, muslims, jews , hell anyone will do as long as it causes hate.
    hate= conflict = war= massive profit.

  10. The reason trump listens to Fox news is because it's host's are millionaire's and trump respects millionaire's he thinks his government adviser's are just a bunch of losers because they are not millionaires

  11. Folks ….is alright now. The world mainly "eastern" countries knows what to do when US/isreal/nato attacked iran …god bless us all.

  12. By Putins orders asshole trump cancel the attack the clown in the WH can do anything without his puppet master pulling the strings that is why cheeto never invaded Venezuela master Putin is an ally of Iran and Venezuela and North Korea so trumpy can't do anything against this country's even if Israel and Saudi Arabia or any others try to push SPANKY TO DO SO LOL !

  13. Big deal so Chump has some new armchair advisors. 1000+ people die from malaria every freaking day in afri-hell-ca 10x that from hunger everyday too Here, in the US the number goes off the charts with homicides across this great nation. so the death of people is nothing too squirm about for we all know chump or no chump the D*** S** will get a new war started soon and our kids will be forced to fight and die so those same super rich devils can make a handsome profit like GWB did with those two raghad nations a long time ago….

  14. So he thought only 150 people would die if he attacked Iran try 1,500,000 just to start with thats on the first day

  15. I have a brilliant idea for the President. Close down all your intelligence departments and from that saved money build the wall. Get your intelligence inputs from Putin.

  16. Mark Phillip Hertling (born September 29, 1953) is a former United States Army officer.

    He served 37 years in the U.S. Army and retired after serving as the Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe and the Seventh Army, serving in that position from March 25, 2011 until November 4, 2012, and retiring from the Army in December 2012.

    During his time as a U.S. soldier, Hertling served in Armor, Cavalry, planning, operations and training positions, and he commanded every organization from Platoon to Field Army.

    Most notably, he commanded the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division and Task Force Iron/Multinational Division-North in Iraq during the troop surge of 2007 to 2008.

    In 2013, Hertling became a Senior Vice President for the Florida Hospital organization in Orlando.

    While serving there he developed a successful Physician Leader Development course for that organization and in 2016 published the book Growing Physician Leaders.

    In September 2013, Hertling was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to be one of 25 people serving on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

    He served as a Council member until 20 January 2017.

    He also acts as a senior advisor to "Mission Readiness", a nonprofit, bipartisan organization of retired military leaders who call for smart investments for U.S. children; he has served as a board member for World TEAM (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) Sport, an organization providing opportunities for physically challenged athletes; and he serves as an advisor to "Operation Gratitude", an organization supporting deployed military and their families.

    In 2016, he was named as an Adjunct Scholar to the Modern War Institute at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

    Since June 2014, Hertling has appeared as a national security and military analyst for CNN, discussing events in Iraq, Israel, Ukraine, and the policies of the U.S. military.

  17. Donald Trump wants to be in Office forever. He believes that making enemies across the Globe will have people reelect him. There will be a time when these Muslim bans are going to be ban. There will be a time when Hispanics can return to America. All of these Nations hate Donald Trump, and Americans who support him. If Trump sells these Nuclear Arms to Saudi Arabia, they will use them against America. Saudi Arabia are the same Nation who chanted, Death to America! Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran are one Nation with differences, but will fight together with one another, like Russia, India and China. They will fight with North Korea because they're on the same Continent. America should be considering making an a Alliance with Mexico and Canada. These were our Allies until Trump became your President. Japan, Germany, London, Australia and the U.K. were our Allies until Trump. Now they don't want to fight beside us. They even disagree that Iran attacked those Oil Tankers. If Donald Trump started a War with Iran; they will behead his Daughter Ivanka, Eric and the rest of his Children years later. Donald Trump wouldn't be allowed to step foot out of America when he's outta office. They will kill him. So, to protect himself and his family, he would have to stay in Office forever. But, will say, he's protecting America. This guy is a fucking Moron, who thinks only of himself. Yet, he hurts others in the progress. Vote Blue in 2020. Get the Republicans out of the Senate and those still in the House. These people, especially if Trump is reelected will bring an end to America. Doanld Trump is a Troll, he's ignorant, and he's a Liar that must be impeached, and imprisoned. Donald Trump's supporter think just like him. They hate brown people, and they want to see a War, but don't want to fight in it, or die for what they want. These type of people are idiots. Christ will return soon, especially if you reelect Trump, because he doesn't like ugly.
    1 Thessalonians 5:1-28
    Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. Brothers and sisters, pray for us. Greet all God's people with a holy kiss. I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

  18. Might be good for views but has anyone thought that maybe our election isn't the only thing Russia is meddling in or Trump's not the only thing in Putins pocket?

  19. Hannity said get em, but then Tucker said don't.
    He takes the last known advice.
    We can thank (of all losers) Tucker Carlson for calling off the strike.
    The reality is, he likely staged the whole episode. He may even be playing chicken with Pompeo and Bolton.

  20. Every injustice is over something else being of worth than one another…. no matter where you are from nor the language.
    – the homeless in Babylon.
    HE'S US!
    In the mirror suffering the MONOPOLY of make-believe worth.

  21. So let's get a few thousand American men and women maimed and killed all because Iran shot down an unmanned drone.Good one

  22. You ever noticed….they always seem to have enough money for war and killing but healthcare, social security etc ….nah


  24. Way to go, you tell it like it is General. Donald Trump is the most ignorant, selfish, hateful untruthful imbecile on the face of the earth and he is running the United States of America. Trump stopped Obama's nuclear policy with Iran and now we are almost at war. If there is a war it is directly the fault of Donald Trump and the warmongering Republicans. Hiring Bolton and Pompeo was a hateful move that almost assures war.

  25. This country is being run by white supremacists Ann Coulter, Judge Jenine, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity through the mouth of Donald Trump. These are the people directly responsible for Trump pulling out of Obama's Iran nuclear deal. Trump doesn't like anything Obama has done because he is a black man and Donald Trump is a white supremacist. Hey Donnie, this is America, not Russia. What black people do in this country matters to everyone but does not matter to a white supremacist like you.

  26. No wonder are more f'ked up. Faux is running this. Damn, half the people who worked at Faux are now in the White House.

  27. I will have the Best Impeachment Ratings ever! No other President has Higher Impeachment Ratings than me! Better than Obama…
    Make My TV Ratings Great Again!

  28. The USA is nothing but a reality show. It’s time for another TV war. Kill thousands of innocent people, and fuck up another country. The rest of the world knows what you are, and soon you’re going to be standing alone with your lunatic President, until you are somehow stopped. The sooner the better.

  29. THIS IGNORANT ASSHOLE of a president doesn't know what the FUCK HE IS DOING!!!
    I know a lot of people who were in the military during Desert Storm. I was in Iraqi Freedom. A war with Iran would make the previous campaigns look like nothing. I have said this many times. If war comes to Iran, Korea, wherever while trump is president, many people will die because of trump's NEOLITHIC INCOMPETENCE!!!!
    I will say here that the outcome of this fiasco won't go the way trump thinks. Everyone KNOWS trump backed out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, and the Iran Government KNOWS WHY HE DID THIS. The only way out for trump is to return to the ORIGINAL deal.
    I will also say this as well. Now be advised, if war comes, blood will be on your hands, and before I die, I WILL MEET YOU AT THE GATES OF HELL YOU INCOMPETENT, IGNORANT SON OF A BITCH!!!!!!

  30. So…
    What do you expect? trump is a loser, third rate game show host, so where do you expect him to get advice. He's going to get it from third rate idiot "news" (and I use the term "news" in its loosest context here) people.

  31. I dunno, this isn't necessarily a bad thing – bear with me. From what I understand, everyone in Trump's cabinet, and everyone in intelligence, and everyone in the DOD was telling Trump to launch the retaliation strike against Iran for the downing of our drone. It was only Fox that prevented us from escalating the situation.

    I'd certainly prefer an intelligent and tempered president, a la Kennedy, who could – through his own judgement and will – resist the calls to war from his advisors (think Cuba). However, since Trump lacks that level of character, I count it as a blessing that his favorite TV show told him not to. I'll take what I can get from this administration.

  32. I don't understand why people would take only one "news source' and believe what is said.

    I look into a number of sources, and draw my own conclusions. Then again, I'm not lazy, and I know how to read.

  33. They are hand in glove with the military industrial complex. They have to get the military to use their munitions so they can sell them more.

  34. Perhaps all these war hawks should be in the front line of any attacks, then they can talk with the required authority about waging war on these other countries.

  35. The main stream media corruption is a result of unfettered capitalism. The greed level of capitalism needs to have restraints, so war isn't seen as a good thing (huge increase in advertising $$$$$$$$). Freedom with certain restraints is a good thing, but absolute freedom becomes chaos (free for all and anything goes, good or bad). A "free market place" doesn't need to be (nor should it be) a free for all (all the detrimental affects on society). Only Progressive leaders seem to understand this simple concept. American people, you can't allow greed to lead. It can only result in a downwards spiral for the people. Governments need some (not all) "social" control over greed.

    It is silly to fear a bit of socialism in government when so many things are already socially regulated. Imagine if education was only private. How about roads where you have to pay a toll to use them. How is a private police force going to work? Socialism for the people only works in the people's best interest if corporate corruption is removed from the government. The wars will never end as long as corporate agendas are being towed by corporate funded politicians. Wars = big $$$$$$$$$$$$ for many large corporations. Their influence must be removed from government and only the Progressive Democrats have a plan (and the morals and decency) to do just that.

  36. I think that fox news should move into the white house that way trump doesn't have to call them they will be right there 24/7 😉

  37. Propaganda, Lies, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TRUMP IS DOING UNLESS YOU GO TO HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT, IF ITS NOT ON TWITTER YOUR LYING AGAIN, JUST LIKE GLOBAL WARMING China,Russia, Japan, The entire middle east all announced Global warming is a SCAM… They are laughing their ASSES off at dumb Americans that bought that SCAM

  38. That is why I got rid of my cable, I only watch youtube and only what I want that is it like now I'm watch you because you are telling the truth and it is the truth so folks get rid of your cable and twitter use it only for what you want I block all negativity I only watch what I want to watch. And The Moron is not and if you notice they talk about him 24/7 even the Comedy shows are talking about The Moron 24/7 too much negativity, this is not good for the soul.

  39. I Know that the majority of Americans are smart and intellectually honest with themselves. I Believe that the majority of Americans are aware of the attacks on their freedom and core believes. I can clearly see that the People of America are standing up to the evil on their doorstep and that the rest are sheep being led to the slaughter, in need of rescuing. That's why Trump won in 2016 and will again in 2020. 😏

  40. Why is every News channel and Fox Entertainment giving trump a pass on his responsibility for escalating this conflict by pulling out of the EXCELLENT agreement Obama's team negotiated to keep Iran non-nuclear?
    The entire trump "maga" is aimed at eliminating anything that a black president did that was good for America, calling for a return to the "good old days" before 1860 when old, rich, protestant, white men ran the country and everybody else was just property.
    trump has turned the GOP from merely "conservative" to "regressive", and there was not all that much good back in those old days of 160 years ago.

  41. Sun Tsu: "The wise leader surrounds himself with competent generals."

    Trump: "That's cute…" turns on Fox News

  42. Thank god he is doing that..if he listens to 'intelligence community' war would have started already….and fuck you war monger trump hater.

  43. Iran have hundred of infiltrated agents in the us . Agent trained in terrorist action . The us can bomb Iran but watch out for retaliation from the inside . That war will profit the ritch and will be paid by the innocent.

  44. Is anybody surprised here? Fox Fake News invited war hawks, such as John Bolton and Mike Pompeo who wanted to start a war with Iran long before Crooked Trump even ran for president!

    Crooked Trump himself always slammed Obama for signing a peace treaty with Iran that resulted in keeping Iran from starting a nuclear bomb program. Within a few days after taking office Crooked Trump destroyed that treaty that Obama had signed with Iran and he, Bolton, and Pompeo immediately planted fake news about Iran’s supposed aggressions to convince the American people that war with Iran is the right thing to do!

    These rightwingers are always looking to start a war with other countries and the American poor when they themselves never served in the military nor do any of their children!

  45. Hannity: “Your Royal’s penis is cleaned!”
    Crooked Trump: “Put your head back down, Sean! I want you to continue to blow me off! Your mouth makes my penis feel good!”
    Hannity: “Yes sir, Mr. President! I’ll go to any lengths to make you feel good!”

  46. This time America get off your fat lazy asses and do some background checking in fact checking cuz if you don't this is the kind of douchebag that ends up in the White House

  47. Yeah! We want to hear an opinion from a retired snowflake general, who's lying out both sides of his piehole, but go ahead dims keep believing liars. How's that working for you? You've disrupted TRUMP for 3 years and he's still gotten more done for America, than the last three presidents!!!

  48. Nope. Not true. Trump has no intention of going to war with Iran. This is all a show in which Trump wins for threatening war and wins for not going there. You're also wrong about CNN and MSNBC. You're just all around full of shit on this one.

  49. Pompeo, Bolton, Pence, be warned!

    Supremely, there was Cesare Borgia, Alexander's son, of whom Machiavelli says: "I wouldn't know what better advice to give a ruler new to power than to follow his example."

    Machiavelli charts Cesare's machinations at length, detailing how he disguised his intentions, weakened opposing factions, broke old loyalties, enriched allies and eliminated rivals. At one point he tells how Cesare appointed a "cruel, no-nonsense man" to pacify a newly acquired territory. The appointment was successful but Cesare, recognising how his man's severity had provoked local enmity, "found a pretext … had [him] beheaded and his corpse put on display one morning in the piazza … with a wooden block and a bloody knife beside … The ferocity of the spectacle," Machiavelli records, "left people both shocked and gratified."

  50. Well, you have to face the reality that news channels are out to make a buck and like wars because it helps generate profit. No sense in getting upset or depressed about it because it's a reality of life that we can't change. The military industrial complex like endless wars more than anyone, else because it helps them make billions, on the blood sacrifice of working or low income families sons and daughters. That's the bigger tragedy here and another reality of life.

  51. I despise white supremacist dog-shit face TV dinner heir Tucker Carlson with every fiber of my being. For the moment, though, it appears that he's the voice that's gotten Trump to pump the brakes, at least temporarily, on invading Iran. If Tucker thwarts the plans of Pompeo and Bolton here, crazy as it sounds, he may deserve some credit

  52. The fox media corp needs a intervention, the brainwash lie to get more cult members, how low can you go.ban all fox programming , shows , let their rating plummet.

  53. I think Trump looked at the cost of the drone and compared it to the cost of attacking Iran with some kind of military strikes. I am sure one bomb costs more than a drone, so he cancelled the attack. He makes decisions like a businessman in my opinion.

  54. What? You have got to be fuxxing kidding me. As a former soldier this worries me a lot. That he’s taking advise from Fox News. Ignoring his Generals is bad not just for America but for the rest of the world as well. The problem with the Trump Regime is he got rid of all the experienced and intelligent people and replaced them with acting personnel to avoid them going through Congress. But there is no Chief of Staff there hasn’t been since February 2019.

    You can’t count the hapless idiot that Trump appointed because he had no experience whatsoever. Trump ignores the advice of his generals and calls Hannity instead… you are Commander and Chief of has he forgotten that he is the POTUS. The tactical module they used with NK will not work with the Middle East and nobody has the balls to stand up to Trump and say to him. Mr President, the North Korea module we used on them. Not going to happen with Iran sir because they have been around a lot longer than the United Sates of America.

    To put it bluntly Sir it’s like water of a ducks back. Then you have Pence who is another feckless and hapless idiot who just says the first thing that comes into his head just like Trump and then makes an idiot of himself.

    There is no doubt in my mind that war with Iran is inevitable. Saudi Arabia and Israel will Allie up with the US. But the rest at of the Arab countries including countries near by would Allie with Iran in support against the US.

    This would end up either being a very expensive and messy war which by the way the US cannot afford at the moment because their fragile economy because of the tariffs are hurting America more than China because of your feckless President is a useless businessman. Trump is fuxxing useless at foreign policies he doesn’t know WTF he is doing and he is out of his depth.

  55. Fox News didn’t get elected and shouldn’t be influencing our government policy, esp. on war! We have military advisors for a reason. Someone “needs to grow a brain” . The owners of these TV stations shouldn’t have so much influence with Trump!

  56. As why Fox news AND TRUMP are over 65% wrong factually, the blind leaing the blind and dumb misleading the dumber. As why were are where we are and headed into, a world of shit. Your kids and grandkids will see thru it and NOT THANK YOU FOR IT.

  57. FUX News is bad news. It is not even allowed to broadcast in the UK as the comb-forward child learned recently.

  58. I remember when Rupert Murdoch was hated by American Politicans, and they wanted to stop an Australian from owning a TV station at the same time as owning an American Newspaper, mainly because they were worried about the power he would be able to use, well he still managed to build his Political base with enormous power, using Fox news for Propaganda, he's managed perverted some of the American public ideals, and now the horrible Australian has the power of an American President.

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