May 14, 2014
"The apoliticism of the US military is something that we must preserve at all costs.""Obama and allies have been politicizing the military, especially the flag ranks, as fast as they can.
It has been abundantly clear for a long time that one-star officers who want to see two, and especially two-stars who want to see more, will be promoted on the basis of their political reliability in adopting and enforcing the administration's leftist, P.C., soft socialism."D. Sensing comment on "We'll Meet Again:" U.S. Conducts Nuclear Response Exercises @ AMERICAN DIGEST
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I'm no expert, but I agree fully with D. Sensing's comment, based on what I read and hear.
The best way to reduce the risk of politicization (in my opinion anyway) is to reduce
the overall size of the military.
I do not mean reduce our capability, but our overall size.
There is more than a little fat in the military budget.
Much of it is non-combat related.
Eisenhower warned of a military-industrial complex.
He was correct.
As the only president in the 20th century who was an
actual military commander in wartime, I take what he
Posted by: Tim P at May 14, 2014 4:36 PM
When did God die, and cede the military principle of Mass to you, Tim P? Mass is one of those inviolate rules of war (when you wish to win them) that requires X amount of heft at just the right place in order to prevail against x amount of the enemies Mass.
No fudging, here.
On topic: A military officer who wishes to retain his integrity will resign when he is convinced that an order or higher intent violates the principles of the nation, the armed forces or his own personal principles. No politics about it, and I agree with Mr. Sensing that there shouldn't be a dip into politics, but at some point your principles are pushed to the limit. Why were there firings after Benghazi? I recall vaguely some upturned chains of command on the heels of that debacle.
Posted by: Casey Klahn at May 14, 2014 6:10 PM
"I can guarantee that, whatever circumstaces may arise, wherever I am, there will be no communism." -- Gmo. Francisco Franco, 22-2-1936
Posted by: B Lewis at May 14, 2014 9:12 PM
When the line officers and the E-6's and 7'7 are comprised the military is over as a force sworn to the Constitution.
Flags don't pull triggers. The brass hats can scream orders all day; if those orders are contrary to a lawful orders, tanks and troops shouldn't move. However,some will and that's the making of an internal conflict.
Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at May 15, 2014 7:19 AM
Sure, President Clinton did the same thing, and Bush managed to reverse it and rebuild the armed forces.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2014 7:25 AM
Should the next president be a Republican, and one with balls (stop laughing so I can finish my thought), one thing he/she should do is fire almost all the top brass, and bring back the ones who were forced out in the Obama years. Also, a large portion of the faculty at all the academies should be fired.
Posted by: Don Rodrigo at May 15, 2014 9:28 AM