The separation of the military from politics has a long tradition in the United States.
Now, U.S. military leaders are speaking out to make political commentaries, and defend President Joe Biden’s policies, including his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, and the State and Defense departments’ botched implementation of that decision.
What the hell is going on?
1) Pratyush Kotoky, “Very good probability of civil war in Afghanistan: US General,” Yahoo News September 5, 2021 (6:33 a.m).
2) Victor Davis Hanson,”There’s a problem in the upper reaches of our military,” Tribune Content Agency, September 1, 2021.
General Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was used by Donald Trump when he made his famous walk over to Lafayette Park and the church where he held a bible upside down.
Now Biden and his administration are doing the same.
Are there no rules prohibiting active-duty military officers, especially high-ranking military officers, from shilling for Biden and Austin and Blinken?
There are in fact such rules. A lower-level officer can “self-immolate” and end his career by speaking out about Afghanistan.
Nick Niedzwiadek, Marine officer relieved of duty after calling out senior leaders about Afghanistan; “I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders, ‘I demand accountability,'” Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller said in a video message, ” Politico, August 27, 2021 (Updated: 04:01 PM EDT).
But the top generals? They now seem to be active and willing participants in the Biden Administration’s public relations effort to defend his disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal decision and its catastrophic implementation.
The Biden administration seems to regard our military leaders as members of the Administration’s speakers bureau, to be sent to Sunday news programs or trotted out for news conferences whenever it suits their political purposes.
This is not right.
It is a gross violation of the separation of politics from military leadership.
It is one thing for a military leader to speak out against a policy with which he or she fundamentally disagrees. That is honorable, though there are usually career consequences.
It is something entirely different for the president and his administration to use military leaders as instruments of political persuasion. That violates the most basic norms of civil-military relations.
Advice to Joe Biden and his apologists:
STOP USING-THE MILITARY FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES!
Advice to U.S. military leaders:
PUT A SOCK IN IT!
The Trenchant Observer