Posted on | June 26, 2012 | 28 Comments
I don’t really go for concern trolls, as I was relating to Mataconis on Twitter earlier. But,
as noted byhat tip to Nice Deb, there is a Rubicon being crossed when veterans as such become politicized.
Granted, the one driving that politicizing is none other than #OccupyResoluteDesk himself. Incapable of leadership in any positive way, Barack stoops to victory laps over a killing. BHO should emulate the troops who actually conducted the operation, and shut up about it.
And so now the troops are going to break that silence. The military will pursue some political leverage. The Military-Industrial Complex already swings a mighty, yet passive bat in the budgeting and economics of the country. Now military members will drive politics actively?
Sure, there were Swift Boat Veterans for Truth trying to help John Kerry’s ailing memory in 2004. That was a historical point. With the focus kept narrowly on the Osama bin Laden raid, this SuperPAC could be a simliar ray of sunshine to disinfect a corrupt campaign.
However, this is one SuperPAC that could lead to wildly unforeseen consequences. Not wishing to sound all Rick Moran about this, but this is worrisome. One hopes that the organizers of this SuperPAC don’t lose site of the American tradition of military subservience to elected officials and the voters who put those individuals in office, even if those individuals are corrupt pieces of work.
Update: promoted from the comments:
Larry Bailey wrote:
I am one of the founders of the “Super Pac,” and I can assure you that no line has been crossed or will be crossed regarding the separation of the military from its commander-in-chief. Special Operations Speaks Out explicitly excludes active-duty personnel from affiliating with it.
Excellent news. Roman empire comparisons are tedious, so the further away we steer from a Praetorian Guard picking our POTUS, the better off we are.