From his time on the "inside" & understanding of the implications, former SecDef/GEN Mattis brought some emotional fire. 1/17
While those in uniform will never attack their fellow Americans,
They also don't hold the key to "saving" them, either.
Hear me out... 2/17
We've sen a crescendo and a constant deterioration, and in the last three days it has reached an inflection point 3/17
-GEN Barry McCaffrey has publicly pointed out executive malfeasance
-GEN Stan McChrystal uses lack of values in his argument 4/17
-ADM Bill McRaven points out systemic flaws, crude approaches, bad behavior, and the breaking of our institutional norms 5/17
-In their own way, members of the Joint Chiefs -Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard- continued to show to their services what right really looks like. 6/17
Some may claim that was excuse making, or walking back of mistakes, but both made the point clearly and publicly, orally and in writing. 7/17
And they have all taken an oath to defend the Constitution. Ideas. Unlike any other military. 8/17
And there's a rule: don't knock those in the chain of command 9/17
The timing is different for some than it is for others. But there is always a moral tipping point. Each of these individuals reached that for themselves somewhere along the way. 10/17
They have all said the military won't commit violations of their constitutional oath, they will not break laws, they will not commit immoral acts.
That's how the military is trained. 11/17
They won't come to the rescue to overthrow elected officials. They won't interfere in writing laws, or executing rule of law. They won't "fix" what some say is "broken." 12/17
That's not the military's job
I have been accused of being an "Obama general" (FTR, I've served under 5 GOP & 3 DEM Presidents during my career...all my general officer promotion nominations were from GWB, and I never voted for any POTUS. 13/17
But here's the thing...14/17
They must have forgotten the job of "fixing" those things is not the job of anyone in the military. It's the job of the people, their elected officials, their laws and policies. 15/17
ADM Mullen & SecDef Mattis (& others) provided insight.
It's now time for American citizens to take that insight & do something. Vote, help others vote, write your elected officials, serve your nation in some way.
Because no one will "fix it" 16/17