Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The military-Republican rift
Usually Republican members of Congress line up with senior military officers and march in lockstep. The politicians call for ever higher military budgets and frequently demand that civilian leaders follow whatever advice the military gives. Now there is an evident and growing rift between senior officers and the "let's fight now" hawks in the Senate. Senators John McCain [R-Ariz] and Lindsey Graham [R-SC] are disputing cautionary military comments about war with Iran and are calling for U.S. military intervention in Syria, an unusually messy situation with a high potential of big power conflict. They really ought to listen to the military this time.