Could America’s Senior Military Leaders Ever Revolt Against Trump?

President Donald Trump addresses troops at Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, Dec. 26, 2018 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
President Donald Trump addresses troops at Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, Dec. 26, 2018 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
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Civil-military relations in the United States work smoothly most of the time. Whether senior military leaders personally agree with a president’s decisions and policies or not, they normally support them, at least publicly. In exchange, civilian leaders respect the authority of military leaders within their own professional domain, particularly on things like military discipline and order. There have been times, though, when U.S. civil-military relations have been more troubled. In some cases, senior military leaders publicly disagreed with a president’s positions or policies and were fired for it. President Harry Truman’s sacking of Gen. Douglas MacArthur over U.S. strategy in […]

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