After what those brass hats at the Pentagon did to Lyndon Johnson in their spurious advice on Viet Nam, Obama would be crazy to give them any kind of role in the fight against ISIS. We can never trust the military’s judgment, because they will ALWAYS come down on the side of direct offensive action by ground troops.
It’s how officers get advancement
I don’t think that is a fair assessment of the military. Usually the last people who want to go to war are the military because they know the true cost of war is lives. The cries of war are usually from the people who will make sure they have know skin in the game. Any kids or grandkids they have will safely be tucked away in college. Those who actually scream the loudest for military intervention are usually the last to commit anyone from their families in it.
I don’t trust the brass hats any further than I can throw them. Your polyanna views are completely unrealistic.
A democracy must always be vigilant when it comes to “the man on horseback,” because that man is programmed to settle disputes by war and has little or no time or tolerance for civilian dissent. The writers of the Constitution knew what they were doing when they made the President the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
The military people always say they are the last to want to go to war, and perhaps many of them actually believe it, but the behavior of the majority – especially in the higher ranks – says otherwise.
Dear CPA, Amazingly I agree, two thumbs up. (and this is from a lifelong yellow dawg). So, despite everything the left and right can agree on some things! Yes, thank (Jefferson?) for the president being the Commander-in-Chief. I do think the chicken hawks (McCain, Lindsey) are often more willing to go to war because they have no “skin” (offspring) in the game.
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