Thursday, November 30, 2006

Civil-Military Relations - The Meltdown

Check out Part of the Plan, where our intrepid blogger links to a short, very useful article in the May/June journal, Foreign Affairs, that provides an excellent recent historical overview of civil-military relations in the United States. Thankfully, it does not let our military leaders off the hook, completely. It explains the post-Vietnam truce, and how that relationship eroded under President Clinton, and then disintegrated under the Rumsfeld/Cheney/Bush cabal -- and finally explains, satisfactorily in my mind, how it is that Mr. Paul Wolfowitz could have possibly out-maneuvered Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki, and prevail in sending us so ill-prepared into the morass that has become Iraq. Really, it's well worth any one's 10 minutes, I promise, here.