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General News    H3'ed 12/29/19

How Trump Is Warping the Military's Place in the Constitutional Order

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'THE BATTLE FOR THE CONSTITUTIO N: The country’s armed services can be an important check against lawlessness in the civilian executive. But correcting bad presidential policy is a job the Constitution leaves to Congress. The president’s word on much national-security policy need not be the last.  Congress can hold hearings to assess the national-security consequences of U.S. action or inaction on the ground, anywhere! It would compromise no constitutional value for Congress to seek the benefit of military expertise in reaching its own judgment about American national security, or otherwise to reassert its role in maintaining a dual system of civilian control. In the meantime, it would be a benefit to the country in more ways than one for Congress to remind the president that the military’s generals are not really “his.”

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An important take-away: "In large part, these measures have worked. Congressional regulation has prevented the realization of the Framers' worst fearseither a military that chronically runs roughshod over the preferences of elected civilian authorities, or a civilian leader able to exploit military might outside the rule of law for his own partisan ends."

"This is part of what made President Trump's recent pardons of Mathew Golsteyn, Edward Gallagher, and others like them, so troubling. Watching the president of the United States reward the violation of the most fundamental laws of war, inflaming America's enemies and alienating America's allies, was bad enough. But the president's action appeared to be an intervention in otherwise semi-independent legal and disciplinary processes inside the militaryan intervention for the purpose of currying favor with his political base. The pardonsdriven by Fox News and reinforced by political ralliesadded to the appearance, and reality, that the president regards the military as a tool of partisan politics, not as an institution whose unique constitutional position he has a duty to protect."

Submitted on Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 at 4:31:19 AM

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