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  •  They don't have to resign (none)
    The generals wouldn't resign: they just wouldn't do it. The general officer corps is much more a club than a hierarchy that it would seem to be. So even in the best of times, if a general doesn't want to do something, it's pretty hard to get him to do it however many stars are on his shoulders.

    Now assume pretty accurately that the majority of Army leadership is against any new war. They'll tell Rummy how they can't do this or that, or how it will take a year to do this and we'll get back to you. Sure Rummy will know he's being played, but what's he going to do? Fire over half the general officers? Never underestimate the power of institutional resistence.

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