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Retired generals vs. Rumsfeld (round, uh, six or something)

Below you’ll find links to stuff I’ve read lately about the so-called “revolt of the generals.”

  • Richard Halloran asks (without answering) if retired military officers should publicly question the decisions of civilians in charge of the military.
  • Charles Krauthammer emphatically replies “no.”
  • Unfortunately (but not at all surprisingly) the L.A. Times uses the generals’ complaints as an excuse to hunt for unflattering quotes from deployed military members in the war zone. The Times only found one officer, and that coward declined to be identified … rather than taking the principled approach and either resigning his commission or retiring.
  • Oliver North repeats an increasingly common theme and wonders why the generals waited until now to complain, rather than resigning.
  • David Mastio sees parallels between the current controversy and a seemingly unrelated incident from World War II, namely General Patton’s famous slapping incidents.
  • Cassandra at Villainous Company cautions civilians not to read too much into the controversy, suspects that at least one of the disgruntled generals is actually longing for President Bush’s head on a platter, and handily debunks the charge that the “swift-boating” of the generals has begun.
  • AcademicElephant thinks SecDef Rumsfeld has taken the wind out of his opponents’ sails, and that now is the time to press the P.R. advantage.
  • Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice restrains political speech by active-duty commissioned military officers.