Thank you for writing this piece, @andymilburn8

“As for what the country wants, it must surely include general officers who haven’t surrendered their moral autonomy to the political administration of the day”
“Generals that have thought deeply about what their obligation to the nation really entails…
Understanding it demands intellectual and moral rigor. I would guess that these are the qualities that America expects of its generals.”
“Resignation won’t atone for lives lost, or the debacle that American involvement in Afghanistan became, but it would at least demonstrate that these men understand the ethics of their profession. It would help calibrate the moral compass of thousands of officers beneath them.”
“Sadly, the men and women at the pinnacle of our institution are a product of a culture that doesn’t nurture initiative, disciplined disobedience, or a profound understanding of our professional ethics.”
“The hearings were a blow to those of us searching for redemption among our senior uniformed leaders. Instead, they illustrate the pernicious effect that having men such as these in positions of the highest responsibility can have upon America’s standing in the world.”
“Resignation may solve little, but is simply the right thing to do. And, at the very least, it will clear the way for those better qualified to begin the task of restoring this nation’s credibility on the global stage.”

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