Salon's Lucian K. Truscott IV is one of a small group of 1960s-bred writers whose work remains vital in the distressing 21st century.
The son and grandson of distinguished American generals, and a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson, Truscott writes with sharp progressive outrage and a deep understanding of American history and military tradition.
Along with his writing career, Truscott has battled injustice, fighting his Jefferson kinfolk to bring recognition to Jefferson's black descendants.
Truscott, in a column Thursday for Salon, exposes the folly of Trump's lunatic plan to send up to 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexican border on a dubious mission against a ragtag caravan of Central American refugees.
Raising questions that have been ignored on cable TV, Truscott marshals strategic-grounded facts to demonstrate the idiocy of Trump's scheme.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis draws Truscott's condemnation for approving the plan. Further besmirching his reputation as a military leader and scholar, Mattis robotically condoned Trump's fantasies by ordering more than 5,000 soldiers to head to the border.
Now, Trump has pulled out of the sky a further escalation to 15,000 troops. As Truscott points out, that is about 15 times the number of personnel that invaded Afghanistan following Sept. 11.
If he had any regard left for the military, Mattis would resign. As the Nazi vanguard said after World War II, he's just following orders.