We have civilian control of the military in our country, and this is a frustrating, beautiful, essential thing.
Some of the best wartime leaders in our country have been civilians who knew how to lead. Eliot Cohen has a wonderful book that touches on this. (Max Boot even reviews it!)
I was reminded of this civil-military split, and how the arguments about who served and who didn’t are pretty much irrelevant, when I got an email from Rich Galen of Mullings. (I’m not special; you can sign up on his email list if you wish.) Galen says:
I am writing this at 10:40 pm. I am watching John Edwards talking about the heroism of our young people in uniform – implying that they are not being honored as they should be under the administration of George W. Bush.
It is one thing for John Kerry – OR George Bush – to talk about men and women in uniform. They each wore one.
I was in the National Guard. The New Jersey and the Ohio National Guard.. John Edwards was – nowhere. He has never worn the uniform for one second.
I am offended by John Edwards’ implication that the administration of George W. Bush is not doing everything it can to support those young men and women.
President Bush proposed appropriate funding to support them. John Kerry voted against the necessary funds for the worst possible reason: Howard Dean was ahead of him in the polls.
Memo to John Edwards: Take the oath. Spend a day in a military uniform..
Or shut up.
See how that “served” sword cuts both ways?
It’s not about the time in uniform, it’s about what you do in the job. I sure have seen a lot of people telling me they support “the troops” but don’t like me much. Kind of like seeing those guys in college who were all for revolution to improve humanity but hated people…
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