Being in the military makes a person a pragmatist. He/she will be inclinced to use the best method available to get an operation done. Thus candidate with military service will unlikely be a “Die for conservative dogma” kind of person.
"Conservative dogma" was good enough for our Founding Fathers...including those who served in the military.
If men like Murtha and Webb represent miltary pragmatism, I will do without.
The truth is that I am not big on career military men. By the time they have risen to the level of command, they have become so political that I no longer trust their judgment. Patraeus comes the closest to a military man I might support, but I would have to hear a great deal more about his political philosophy before I would support him.
We have been burned by men like Eisenhower and Powell. Remember that George McGovern and Daniel Inoye were decorated combat veterans; Frank Church-the man who almost destroyed the CIA-was an intelligence officer in Burma; and many of the other men who orchestrated the loss of the Vietnam war were WWII combat veterans. Having a military record is not a certification of loyalty either to the fidelity of the Constitution or the country.
Far too many of our Liberal-anti-capitalist, anti-war, soft on communism members of government have been military men. On balance, probably more were strongly conservative, but being in the military, by itself, is not a recommendation as far as I can tell.
Honore wants my support, I need to see his bona fides.
posted on 08/29/2009 2:53:31 PM PDT
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