04 May 2018

Have a Nice Day, John Mitchell

… which is a particularly difficult echo after reading this piece on military officers and unlawful orders — today. Which I find both incredibly naïve and incredibly dismissive of the officer corps; but then, I lived through Iran-Contra, and it amazes me how little the public understands the anger of my generation of officers at that bullshit. Sure, there are exceptions, and possibly getting selected to flag rank would favor them; but the consensus was… otherwise, especially once the "lying to Congress in support of a particular ideological agenda with no valid military purpose" part became unmistakeably clear.