I don’t disagree with anything the General says. The problem is that one of the genius things about the American system is that the military is not political and under civilian control. The alternative can be seen in Latin American countries like Argentina and Brazil, where the military is an alternative power center to the civilian government. They are fiercely loyal to the nation, but that loyalty leads them at times to “suspend” the elected government “for the good of the nation.”
I’m not suggesting that’s where we are but one of the erosions of our democracy has been the politicization of the military. The toddler in chief politicizes everything: even a Cub Scout convention, as he did on his sole visit to Iraq. But the loyalty of the military must be to the Constitution, not to a President or political party.
Retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump for his approach to the presidency in a wide-ranging interview that saw the former top commander of the US and international forces in Afghanistan label Trump as dishonest and immoral.