Basic rules for generals who just have to play politics

Back in the day, that is BT, before Trump, retiring Senior military officers acted with with some sense of moral and ethical decency for the most part after retirement. Except in the rare occasion when American lives were recklessly lost (Benghazi is and example) it was very unusual to hear anyone above the rank of 0-6 Colonel, spokesmen on the news circuits. All that has changed and not for the betterment of the General and Flag Officer Corps as many are being paid professional mouth piece or put another way; so called news channels are scrambling for their next Vanna White.   – Mike

 

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Presidemt Trump and former Defense Secretary James Mattis (L), in the Cabinet Room at the White House in an October 23, 2018 photo.
Presidemt Trump and former Defense Secretary James Mattis (L), in the Cabinet Room at the White House in an October 23, 2018 photo.REUTERS 

The Uniform Code of Military Justice prohibits active generals from disparaging their commander in chief. Article 88 of the UCMJ makes it a crime to voice “contemptuous words against the president” and other senior civilian officials. But no one quite knows whether such codified prohibitions on free expression apply to retired generals receiving military pensions.

And lately, there has been a spate of “contemptuous words” against President Trump, leveled by retired generals, including some who under other presidents condemned just such conduct among their brethren.

Given the lack of legal clarity, a confused public could at least expect four rules of general decorum and courtesy when our top retired military leaders go on the attack against a sitting president. Unfortunately, a number of our most esteemed retired generals and admirals haven’t met these modest ethical expectations in their fury at Trump…

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