Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Political generals

Gen. Jim Jones, Obama's designated National Security Advisor, says the right things:

"At the end of the day, the major issues, he will make the decision and everyone will salute smartly and carry it out."
The truth is that the Joint Chiefs hamstrung Bill Clinton, and they'll hamstring Barack Obama, too, given half a chance. After eight years of Bushism, there are numerous general officers who have politicized their commissions.

Obama needs to do some house-cleaning to re-establish the full civilian supremacy of the Constitution and its necessarily apolitical military. A high profile firing wouldn't be a bad thing the first time some right-wing general takes his ideological gripes to the press.

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