Is the Marine Commandant challenging civilian authority?

I know, from my experience serving on submarines during the Cold War, that the military is taught to respect and implement the policy directives and orders of their civilian leadership. It is a sign of an unhealthy government to have military officers challenging their civilian Commander-in-Chief when facing a policy change like the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

From the cult-run newspaper the Washington Times .

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James T. Conway has emerged in internal Pentagon deliberations as the most outspoken opponent of permitting gay men and women to serve openly in the U.S. military, according to a former senior Pentagon official.

Over at Huffington Post, Aaron Belkin has a good analysis.

The bottom line is that, as Secretary of the Army John McHugh said last week, the military has a long history of adjusting its policies, and the typical pattern is that “predictions of doom and gloom that did not play out.” Most military leaders understand that repeal is inevitable. Many agree that “don’t ask, don’t tell” is hurting the military, and that it doesn’t make sense to fire gay Arabic linguists during a time of war. The question is when, not whether, repeal will happen.

The way to quickly end that kind of insubordination is to call the individual in and order him to stop challenging his Commander-in-Chief or resign.

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