By law, leaders of Congress would appoint half of the panel and the Department of Defense the other half. The four named by Austin, Axios reports, include Michelle Howard, a retired admiral who is not only the highest woman in US Navy history, but also the highest black person in US Navy history. Marine; Ty Seidule, a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General who wrote a combined memoir and story of “lost cause” mythology, including how Confederate names became attached to U.S. bases during of the 20th century; Robert Neller, a retired Marine Corps general; and Kori Schake, former Department of Defense official and current director of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute.
“The Confederates have killed more US Army soldiers than anyone in our history, “Seidule said.” I don’t like our enemies. I like the Americans. So he will likely be more diligent in determining which military names need to be changed than Trump’s White House liaison with the Defense Department would have been.
Seidule is not the only military leader to come to this conclusion. “[T]The officers have turned their backs on their oath, ”Chief of Staff General Mark Milley told the House of Confederate Generals’ Armed Services Committee, whose names still identify certain bases. Union, against the Stars and Stripes, against the American Constitution. “
Trump, of course, insisted on continuing to honor these traitors, with his White House issuing a statement calling for the renaming of the bases “as part of a sustained effort to erase from the history of the Nation those who do not meet not a standard of conduct. ” It does not matter they or they left the United States to fight him in defense of slavery, which isn’t exactly a recent addition to the list of those below the standard of conduct.
Some of the things that need to be renamed will be a very easy call. Fort Bragg and Fort Benning and Camp Beauregard and Fort Hood are all obvious. But the commission will need to go beyond the obvious and develop criteria to identify the full range of military goods and equipment with Confederate names, including at least two Navy ships and a range of vessels and more. The commission will then solicit comments from the community and recommend procedures for selecting new names.
And it will have to do all of this without half of its members being Trumpists. So sad.