Throughout history generals have been revered and celebrated—some to an almost godlike status—understandable to some degree. Their accomplishments on the battlefield were at times the difference between a civilization’s survival or extinction. And in America, they are one of the finest products we have produced—smart, disciplined, and principled. Loyalty beyond reproach and an almost divine air about them that exemplifies the very best in us—service before self.
Yet, with all these impeccable characteristics, we are seeing very plainly why presidents should not appoint them to politically sensitive positions. For those who believe in and live by a code of honor, selflessness, and loyalty, politics can be a foreign country. For example, take honor, in politics it is almost an oxymoron. And Selflessness, it is merely a campaign slogan too soon forgotten. However, loyalty even though may be considered a common thread between politics and the military, carries with it one subtle difference—a difference misunderstood by President Trump. Loyalty in the military is not to any one person but to a higher cause—duty, honor, country.
Because of this, the President and his generals were on an inevitable collision course.