Saturday, December 24, 2016

More Concerns About President Elect Trump's Appointments

For John, BLUFThe danger isn't great, but that is because there is always someone harping on it, keeping us sensitized.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

And the sub-headline is:
Trump's Appointing of Generals Should Trouble Us
Of course it is Professor (and retired Army Colonel) Andrew J. Bacevich.  From the 18 December issue of Commonweal Magazine.

Here is the lede plus one:

That the senior ranks of the incoming Trump administration have taken on a decidedly military hue is both entirely logical and deeply troubling.

It’s logical as a further confirmation of the ongoing militarization of U.S. policy, a process underway for several decades now. It’s troubling for precisely the same reason.

My guess is that President Elect Trump thinks of these generals as people who get things done.  Who have ideas and experience.  And who have come on board.

The worry of Professor Bacevich is the worry of Professor Charlie Dunlap, as expressed in his Essay, "The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012", written when he was a student at the National War College.

As an aside, this isn't sour grapes on the part of a supporter of Mrs Hillary Clinton.  Skip Bacevich has worried about these issues for a long time.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

W  Well worth the twelve page read (footnotes are extra).

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