Recommended Reading: Exum on Civil-Military Affairs

On the topic of President Trump’s norm-busting regarding the military I would recommend the following from Andrew Exum in The Atlantic:  The Dangerous Politicization of the Military.

He notes Trump’s transgression, but also the broader context in which his words and actions exist.  It is worth a read.


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  1. Davebo says:

    I half expected this to be from James.

  2. JohnMcC says:

    @Davebo: It seems to me that the lengthy silence from Dr Joyner might be thought of as a window into how the military ‘deep state’ regards our present administration: Watching very carefully while keeping powder dry.

    Silence is also the only good career move, I’d say.

  3. Turgid Jacobian says:

    @JohnMcC: or maybe he is busy since he has two school age kids on summer break?

  4. @Turgid Jacobian: This is the likely correct hypothesis.

  5. Mr. Prosser says:

    Thanks for posting this, it sums up my worries quite well.