When you ask military officers who should get the job, the first thing many say is that the military needs someone who can stand up to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.If that desire by Ignatius does not concern you, it should. I don't know what "military officers" he is talking to, but they are dangerous and should leave active duty immediately. They have been too close to power and need to be put back on their leash.
Owens outlines the only real path a uniformed officer should take if they oppose the policy of their civilian bosses,
... (they) should ... voice their opposition (to policies) ... they kn(ow) (will) fail, publicly if necessary, and then resign() rather than carry out the policy.You do not, "Stand up" to your civilian bosses. Offer your advice, opinion, concern, yes. "Stand up," no.
I can't add more to what Owens wrote. Like I often say, "
Ignatius is letting his dislike of Rumsfeld blind him to what should be a primary concern to any citizen; the maintenance of liberty. A "uppity" military is a shortcut to oppression. .....and don't think a uppity military will always hit you from the Right, I have worked for a couple of outstanding Admirals who were, politically, to the left of Howard Dean.
Too many officers and civilians are asking for something that throughout history has brought nothing but shame, death, and dishonor.