Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Republicans vs The Military

That's the name of an article by Steve Benen. He points out that since taking office, Obama has sided with the military establishment (Petraeus, Mullen, Powell, etc) on every issue, from Gitmo to Afghanistan to the F-22 to Don't Ask, Don't Tell. On every issue he has been roundly criticized by the right for his views.

Benen wants to know why this isn't a bigger deal? I have to think that if the situation were reversed, Democrats would be eviscerated for trying to hold a position not shared by the military brass. Why is the GOP getting a free pass? Is it time to poke some holes in that time-honored meme of the GOP being the party of the military? As far as I can tell, the GOP is far more interested in protecting military contractors and the military-industrial complex than actually protecting our troops. (That's not to exempt some in the Democratic party who do the same. You all know I despise the Democratic congress only slightly less than the Republican congress.)

Maybe the clear distinction made today in the Don't Ask, Don't Tell hearings will get somebody talking about this. I can't find a transcript of today's hearings yet, but several Republican Senators made statements along the lines of "I disagree with Sec. Gates and Adm. Mullen, and so I am glad it takes an act of congress, and this policy cannot be ended by fiat."

(HT on the Benen article goes to Sullivan)

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