Of course, everybody blithely calling for civil war is skating a thin line with insanity, and if you get it, I sincerely hope you get it in your front yard.
As the Heartless Libertarian opined over on the Book of Faceplant:
“Especially since the American Civil War passed from living memory, Americans have a very skewed view of what ‘civil war’ looks like, because the major parts of our Civil War were fought like a state-on-state conflict of the time. The nastiness that comes from intermingled populations fighting each other – Missouri, western Virginia, other parts of trans-Appalachia – definitely happened, but it wasn’t a major part of the fighting then (unless of course, you happened to be involved), and it’s almost entirely absent from the historical narrative now. But historically, civil wars look a lot more like Bosnia, or El Salvador, or post-colonial Africa than the American Civil War. And none of those took place in a country with more guns than people.”
McCaffrey is a perfect example of the pernicious and corrosive effect of the bubble the “elites” live in, and its nature.
He was a decent general, but his post-retirement career as an “analyst” exacerbated all his worst traits, failings, neuroses, and finely honed his purblind hypocrisy.
His slamming of Tucker Carlson for having the temerity (HOW DARE HE!) to criticize “Woar Heeeroe!” “Yeers inna Combatses” General Milley veers into farce and textbook rhetorical fallacyland and neatly elides his own trashing of a public figure, a seated President, into “That’s different” cloud-cuckoo-land.
Two points – for all the combat bars on his sleeve, General Milley *lost* his wars, and, while years in deployed headquarters gets you bars on the sleeve, NO ONE except the ruthlessly abused NCO corps (another leadership failure by Milley and his co-losers) spent “years in combat”; and the GOFO corps should just shut up, fade away, and be seen at Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies, and not on PMSNBC and Faux News shooting their feet off.
In other words, if you are a scion of a Democrat President, well, that’s a horse of a different color, and the rules don’t apply there?
Just like rules regarding handling classified government record communications don’t apply to certain classes of government employees, if they are of the Proper Party and married to the proper cigar aficionado?
This Memorial Day, reserve a small bit of time to offer up a resounding hymn, as in, “Him, him, *F*CK* him!” to George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and the encouragers, enablers, including subsequent Presidents, SECDEFs, and sundry cabinet members, congresses and pundits who initiated and/or supported-when-politically-convenient the “nation-building” chimeras of Iraq and Afghanistan. All the while doing it on the cheap, without commitment except by the troops, all the while having no real skin in the game. A waste of lives and treasure, ours, Iraqi, Afghan. The giving of hope, only to say “Fukkit, we’re outta here, ya screwed up, ya trusted us.”
As I watch *another* generation of military folk go through what the Auld Soldier did in 1975, watching the end of an unwinnable war that they dedicated their lives, prospects and honor to fight, directed by venal asswipes who acted on political calculation and soaring ego yet with no real personal threat but mildly reputational, and who are revered when they should be ignored, except as bad examples.