Saturday, January 27, 2007

Bush is Commander-in-Chief of the military, not of everyone

This obvious statement has been put forward by those on the left before, but as usual Glenn Greenwald makes the argument clearly and forcefully:
Most media flaws are so fundamental and systemic that they will take a long time to resolve, if they can be at all. But one quick, easy and critical step would be to cease speaking of the elected civilian President as our military Commander and instead treat him as the public servant that he is. There is no obligation or duty to support the President, fully including matters relating to war. Quite the contrary: he "should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole."
The fact that we have to have this argument is pretty sad. In this county, a civilian controls the military, not the other way around. So many very basic things about America and its constitution (rule of law, habeas corpus, separation of powers, civilian control of the military, etc.) are under attack by this administration and its Republican supporters. I guess the cost of freedom is beating back these surges of ignorance and stupidity. But it gets rather tedious.

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