It’s a sad commentary on the net result of the years of propaganda and mass hero worship designed to reduce public criticism of the military and how the government is using it. Smedley Butler nailed it when he said war is a racket and the only way to end them is to take the profit out of them.
The generals and admirals multiply like a virus, they feed on political fears stoked by defense contractors and institutionalized by a corrupted political system. Butler said “a few profit and the many pay.” What we see today is the result of a self constructed elite such as we haven’t seen since Pershing wasted the lives of more than 4,000 American dead and wounded on the morning of November 11, 1918. “Glory at any cost, by any means” should be carved above the entrance to the Pentagon.
We, the American people, have been force fed the greatest volume of Kool-Aid since the National Socialist leadership of the 1930s made Germany great again. We have been programmed to withhold criticism of anything military, especially its uniformed leadership.
Who are we mere civilians to criticize or even question the actions or suitability of the master of the USS Pinafore or the First Lord of the Pentagon?