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The military’s politicized agenda helps the country divide in two


Traditionalist and conservative America was once the greatest defender of the US military.

The bipartisan conservatives in Congress have secured generous budgets for the Pentagon. When generals, active or retired, became controversial, conservative America could usually be relied on to stick with them.

The overflight country has supported prominent officers such as General Michael Hayden, General James Mattis, General Barry McCaffrey, General Stanley McChrystal, General David Petraeus and a host of others as the media pursued them for conduct suspected unethical, financial irregularities, feuds with the Obama administration, or charges of abuse of force or concealment of torture.

When Democrats complained to Congress about the “revolving door†of generals and admirals leaving the Pentagon to land lucrative mandates with defense companies, Central America, rightly or wrongly, yawned for the most part.

Yet mainstream America also assumed that its military leaders were largely apolitical and stayed out of politics. The brilliant WWII commanders Curtis LeMay, Douglas MacArthur and George S. Patton did not fare well when they awkwardly waded through the minefields of partisan national politics.

Not anymore.

The current and past top echelon of the Pentagon is seen as politically armed – and both careerist and opportunist. Generals and admirals are currently scrutinizing the enlistments of mythical white supremacists, fearing pressure from the left following the riot at the United States Capitol on January 6. These military officials apparently have no corresponding concerns about whether there are any members of antifa-affiliated services with records of past violence.

We learn that much of what has been reported about this unfortunate Capitol Riot was untrue. There were no insurgents “armed” with rifles, led by pillars of the plot. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was not “murdered”. Forensic pathologist Francisco J. Diaz said the autopsy showed no signs of internal or external injuries. The only violent death was that of an unarmed female military veteran who was shot and killed by a mysteriously anonymous law enforcement officer as she climbed through a window.

The tenure of highly decorated General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has turned out to be quite a train wreck of late. Under pressure from the left, last summer he waived a photo appearance with then-President Donald Trump on the grounds that he was unduly politicizing his service.

Okay, but all recent Joint Chiefs presidents have regularly appeared with the president in photo ops, sometimes reluctantly.

Milley was reacting timidly to media claims that Trump hit federal law enforcement agencies with tear gas to keep his photoshoot calm. The Inspector General of the Ministry of the Interior recently denounced such a report as a fable.

Equally false were the complaints from Milley and a host of retired officers about Trump tyrannically using federal troops to maintain civic order. Such an action has occurred several times in our history. For example, General Colin Powell, former head of the Joint Chiefs, commanded troops sent to Los Angeles in 1992 to quell the riots that followed the acquittal of LA police officers accused of beating Rodney King.

Our senior officers reveal inconsistent views on recommended reading, ideological indoctrination, and the use of federal troops in national crises. They are selective and partisan in their harsh criticism of certain presidents. Some blow up political opponents with inflammatory comparisons to the Nazis and Fascists.

Central America’s military alienation could not come at a worse time. China, Russia, Iran and North Korea watch with joy our self-created discord, which threatens to tear apart the world’s deadliest army.

The army is not yet a revolutionary popular army supervised by commissioners. But he does it with politicized agendas that divide the country in half and abandon the traditional role of the Unifying Army in a common goal of defending America.

Victor Davis Hanson is a union columnist.


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