From Robert Burns of the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The military parade for Donald Trump has come early. Two months before Inauguration Day festivities, an extraordinary number of recently retired generals, including some who clashed with President Barack Obama's administration, are marching to the president-elect's doorstep for job interviews.
It's not unusual for an incoming administration to consider a retired general for a top position like CIA director. But Trump has turned to retired officers so publicly and in such large numbers that it raises questions about the proper balance of military and civilian advice in a White House led by a commander in chief with no defense or foreign policy experience.Oh no, Donald Trump will repeal the Third Amendment and force us to quarter soldiers in peacetime.
But Burns also got in a dig on Trump:
The tilt toward military officials may reflect a limited pool of civilian options. Many officials from previous Republican administrations politically disowned Trump during the campaign, calling him unqualified. And Trump suggested he wouldn't want many of them, as he vowed to "drain the swamp" by running establishment figures out of town.Has Burns ever heard of a man named Mitt Romney? He wants to be Secretary of State. No Republican was more openly against Trump this year.
The fact is, Trump does not want any of the backstabbing SOBs who have mocked him for the past two years.
And Trump also does not want any of those revolving door lobbyists sucking on the taxpayer's teat again.
For all their big talk about being watchdogs, journalists turn a blind eye to corruption.
But what Robert Burns apparently really does not like are military veterans:
The concern about undue military influence derives from a long U.S. tradition of civilian control of the military, which is the basis for a ban on active-duty officers running the Pentagon. The Constitution affirms civilian control by making the president the commander in chief and giving Congress the authority to declare war and fund the military.
The appointment of too many generals to high civilian positions could prompt fears that Trump is on a path to militarizing U.S. foreign policy or giving the military too much sway in decisions about war and peace.Yes, let us not give "the military too much sway in decisions about war and peace." The generals would want peace.
They have actually been in wars.