Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Military Control of the Civilian: It’s Opposite Day in America

Posted by M. C. on August 15, 2017

It’s becoming increasingly difficult for Americans to recall that civilian leaders are supposed to command and control the military, not vice-versa. Consider an article posted yesterday at Newsweek with the title, TRUMP’S GENERALS CAN SAVE THE WORLD FROM WAR – AND STOP THE CRAZY. The article extols the virtues of “Trump’s generals”: James Mattis as Secretary of Defense, John Kelly as White House Chief of Staff, and H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser. The article presents them as the adults in the room, the voices of calm and reason, a moderating force on a bombastic and bellicose president.

First, you don’t hire generals to rein in a civilian leader, or at least you shouldn’t if you care to keep a semblance of democracy in America. Second, lifelong military officers favor military solutions to problems. That’s precisely why you want civilians to control them, and to counterbalance their military advice. Only in a democracy that is already crippled by creeping militarism can the rise of generals to positions of power be celebrated as a positive force for good.

What Justin Raimondo likes to describe as Bizarro World.

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2 Responses to “Military Control of the Civilian: It’s Opposite Day in America”

  1. Doug Rowley said

    During the Cuban missile crisis JFK’s generals recommended a preemptive strike on Russia.

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