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Why Military Service Shouldn't Be A Political Prerequisite
One of the most ludicrous notions I’ve ever seen espoused is that military service should be a prerequisite for political office. When you look at presidential ranking lists — not the public opinion lists, but ones conducted by highly qualified scholars and historians — you’ll see no correlation between those on that list and whether or not they served in any notable military capacity.
In the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey, which is the foremost organization for social science experts in presidential politics, the list from best to worst Presidents is a mix of those who did and did not serve.
There’s no doubt that some of the best were military veterans. But that list also shows that some of the best never served or held any notable military commands.
James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States. He was the only President to have served in the military not as an officer. He was a Private in the Pennsylvania State Militia, the forerunner to the Pennsylvania National Guard. Buchanan also was warned of the secession threat in the south and refused advice to reinforce federal forts with more troops and weapons. Thanks, Pvt. Buchanan.Mathew Brady
It would be hard to find a military veteran from any era who couldn’t admit that the military itself is loaded with unqualified leaders. So the idea that service itself would give one an upper hand in the complexities of presidential service is nothing more than wishful thinking.
At the bottom of the list is a full fire team of inept or unaccomplished men, many of whom held general-grade positions at one point.
Just remember all of that the next time someone’s military service comes into question during an election period. Managing a machine like the military and managing an office that must deal with the nuanced aspects of America's many challenges are two different things.
It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.
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That's the first description of McMahon in the book by journalist Mark Bowden called "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War." It is a detailed account of the horrific Battle of the Black Sea fought in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993. It claimed the lives of 18 elite American soldiers.
Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher will retire as a chief petty officer now that President Donald Trump has restored his rank.
"Before the prosecution of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward Gallagher, he had been selected for promotion to Senior Chief, awarded a Bronze Star with a "V" for valor, and assigned to an important position in the Navy as an instructor," a White House statement said.
"Though ultimately acquitted on all of the most serious charges, he was stripped of these honors as he awaited his trial and its outcome. Given his service to our Nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified."
The announcement that Gallagher is once again an E-7 effectively nullifies the Navy's entire effort to prosecute Gallagher for allegedly committing war crimes. It is also the culmination of Trump's support for the SEAL throughout the legal process.
On July 2, military jurors found Gallagher not guilty of premeditated murder and attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a wounded ISIS fighter to death and opening fire at an old man and a young girl on separate occasions during his 2017 deployment to Iraq.