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View Diary: Gens. Petraeus/Odierno Frustrated By Republicans (94 comments)

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  •  This is bad! (0+ / 0-)

    This is bad for different reasons than you might think.   The military should stay out of politics.   They should not express any preferences for any political appointee.   They should remain apolitical as they traditionally have.

    There are many countries around the world where the military is intimately involved with political decisions.   It is a bad mix.   I don't want America to be like any of those countries!

    •  I get your point (4+ / 0-)
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      Bob Love, Sopiane, testvet6778, Timothy J

      If General Petraous was making press conferences demanding that certain people be confirmed, or not confirmed, it would be crossing a big line. This doesn't seem quite like that, more frustration that the military needs a US ambassador in Iraq and it's been delayed for infantile reasons.

      •  Dangerous, dangerous. (0+ / 0-)

        Military officers should make their opinions known privately to the president.   That is their duty.

        When they try to court public opinion that is a dangerous precedent.

        They are currently advocating expanding the war further into Pakistan.   That I think is going way over the line.   That is a policy decision that should be made by the President and public without the vast Dept of Defense budget being used to sell the military's point of view.

    •  Aren't they more saying, (0+ / 0-)

      we need someone here now than they are cheerleading for a particular person?  He's the nominee.  Now let's get to working on the confirmation.  Whatever the outcome, it will be an action.

      •  No, no, no. (0+ / 0-)

        They are creating a public constituency whether intentionally or not.   They should advise the president privately.

        The military is such a powerful force in society that there is a necessary friction between it and democracy.   Traditionally the military has been silent on political matters.   That is a wise thing.   The potential power of their budget and the millions of people connected to the military create an enormous risk.   It is a ready-made constituency for any general that chooses to exploit it.

        There are lots of examples around the world where the military stands ready to "protect democracy" should some general decide that it is necessary.   In those countries the generals have acted often enough; Pakistan, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Chile, Argentina, etc.

        It is far too risky to play with that in America even though we all know that it "can't happen here".

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