Retired senior military officers are growing more concerned that the Trump administration doesn’t want their advice—and they’re struggling with how much they can say publicly.
Kathy Gilsinan“Being apolitical is a critical element of civilian control of the military—an absolute in a democracy,” Joe Dunford tells my colleague @LeahFeiger. “The alternative is a military dictatorship.” Our piece on when generals speak out—or, mostly, don’t
Donald Trump has spent his presidency belittling and attacking career foreign-policy professionals. Now that he’s asking for their loyalty, they don’t seem to feel any.
Kathy Gilsinan"It doesn’t take a career Foreign Service officer to realize that if you spend enough time saying someone is your enemy, that person might begin to feel the same way about you.” @GrahamDavidA on the bureaucrats’ revenge
Freed of advisers who disagreed with him, the president has followed through on some long-deferred campaign promises—but the results are not what he hoped for.
Kathy GilsinanFor a while it looked like Trump would always fold—talk a big game and then back down on things like, oh, labeling China a currency manipulator. But as @GrahamDavidA writes, sometimes it just takes him a while