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View Diary: [UPDATED] Al Jazeera On Advance of Fundamentalism in US Military (237 comments)

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    G2geek, jayden, DrFitz, DudleyMason

    The point behind civilian oversight of the military is to keep the bad guys from running things.

    Bad guys tend to be self-limiting because they're too busy self-preening or proselytizing to run something effectively.  Most of the zealots I've dealt with tended to retire as bitter little people in the second or third leadership tier because their commitment to their beliefs got in the way of job performance and common sense.

    As you pointed out, civilian control of the military is everything in a democracy.  Keeping information such as this diary in the public discourse helps to maintain that control.

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