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Monday, April 05, 2004

Service 

In a post entitled "Servants," Atrios calls Andrew Sullivan "crazy" for espousing the following view:

I'm sorry but I pay for those soldiers to fight in a volunteer army. They are servants of people like me who will never fight. Yes, servants of civil masters. And they will do what they are told by people who would never go to war. That's called a democracy.
Atrios might think that's a "crazy" thing to say, but as one of those servants, I emphatically agree with Sullivan's take on the role of the military in America. We are servants of civil masters. We must be. Among the many wise decisions made at the Constitutional Convention was the decision to place the armed forces under civilian control. That's one of the cornerstones of a democracy. Civilian control of the military is not a necessity for creating a democratic system, but it is vital to preserving democracy. A military unbeholden to the people would be a scary thing, and it's unfortunate that Atrios criticizes Sullivan for saying so.
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