The U.S. Military Must Be Nonpartisan, but Not Apolitical

National Guard troops reinforce security around the U.S. Capitol ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration, in Washington, Jan. 17, 2021 (AP photo by J. Scott Applewhite).
National Guard troops reinforce security around the U.S. Capitol ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration, in Washington, Jan. 17, 2021 (AP photo by J. Scott Applewhite).
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When an agitated mob of extremist supporters of President Donald Trump sacked the U.S. Capitol last month, egged on by Trump and other Republican politicians, they struck at the bedrock principles in the oath that members of the U.S. armed forces swear to protect and defend the Constitution. Nonetheless, America’s uniformed military leadership waited a full week to issue a public statement directly addressing that riotous invasion of the seat of the American republic. The statement, in the form of a memorandum to service members from the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff, was appropriately strong and concise, even if the […]

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