The Limits of Military Commitment to Democracy in The Era of Trump

Image may contain: textThe lack of military willingness to speak out about the unconstitutional abuse of our forces is frightening.

About sixty years ago at Harvard, I attended a career night where a General came .. obviously, at Harvard we would get a General.

This impressive, learned man was telling us why we ought to consider careers in the military. Of course in the sixties, the General faced our skepticism.  We, freshmen at Harvard College challenged him on military ethics, specifically about the willingness of the military to obey bad orders or, worse, stage a coup.

The General, like the figure in this cartoon pridefully talked about his oath and told us the American Constitution made our military different.

About seven years later we students, now in grad school or in other careers, learned about the Generals who were complicit in the unconstitutional military activities South East Asia and, of course, the My Lai coverup led by one General Colin Powell.

 The willingness of our militart to follow a corrupt or insane leader is well esablished and as frightening as the thought of a coup.

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  1. Mark Adams #

    Suddenly there is s military commitment to democracy in the era of Trump. There has never been such a thing. If George Washington had wanted to be in actuality the Americsn Caesar he could have been that, but he went home and became a farmer after the revolution. His officers would have followed him and made him Caesar, but he declined. When he became President many unpaid for their service in the revolution still would have made Washington Caesar, but Washington established that the US military is subject to Civilian authority. Something the Turkish military is not. The situation in Turkey is complex as is the situation in Syria fortunately the US military will follow the orders of the President and pull out or make war on Syria, Turkey, Russia, ect should Congress declare such a war.