Why now? To what end? The curious among us want to know whether the revolt of the generals is a new phase in the struggle for the future of our country or just one more tired act in a play history has seen before. To help us decide, we turn to several of our favorite bloggers.
First, this post from American Thinker.
Second, this post from Big Lizards.
Finally, since I cannot seem to create a link, this excerpt from Neptunuslex:
All those generals? Beats hell out of me. I hold no particular brief for the Secretary. On the other hand, it would have meant a great deal more if they’d have said something about their misgivings back when it mattered. Back when they might have sacrificed their careers, but saved a few (thousand) lives, if that’s the way they really felt about it. Perfect right to speak up of course. All due respect, etc.
Still: Unseemly. More here.
You know, the Navy once had a “revolt of the admirals.” After World War II, the Air Force thought this whole “naval aviation” thing was so over. In the future, you see, every war would be fought with strategic bombers and nuclear weapons. Senior Navy flags disagreed, vehemently. The idea of smashing every martial bug with the nuclear hammer seemed, how do I say this? Excessive? Immoral?
At the time, some said that they had rebelled against the sacred notion of civilian control, and who knows: Maybe they did. But they laid their active duty stars on the line alongside their beliefs, and many were forced to retire afterwards. Professionally, they “died” for what they believed in.
Maybe it’s the southerner in me, “The Cause” and all that. But I respect them more, and these other generals just that little bit less. Your mileage may vary. It isn’t that the 1949 flag officers, forged as they were out of the cauldron of world war, and purified by the fire of existential consequence, were any more moral than their mid-century adversaries. And it isn’t that our recent general officer critics were chosen from the ranks of the great unwashed under the aegis of a very different administration, just a few years back.
At least, I don’t think it’s those things.
I think I come down on the side of these three wise Bloggers. What say you?
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