In the aftermath of Katrina, armed and uniformed soldiers patrolled the streets and disarmed Americans. Some uniformed soldiers were captured on film lamenting that "I can't believe that we're doing this to Americans." Yet, they did it anyway, lamentations notwithstanding. But why?
Want to have some fun? Walk up to any active duty serviceman you wish, shake his hand and thank him for his service. Then, before you release his hand, pull him toward you slightly, look into his eyes and tell him, "now when the time comes, don't forget what your oath really means." Do this ten times, and the reactions of that little informal poll will tell you everything you need to know. Having divested yourself of that little fantasy, maybe you will have a chance to survive that gun seizure for the real battle later. At the very least you will have looked into the eyes of some of the enemy, constituted of complacency and obedience, you may one day face.
Baugh is right: the military exists to back the national will with force, and the Constitution means nothing to them.
on all sides, the only thing everyone knows for sure, is if it starts , its going to be very very messy.
Another aspect of this problem that needs to be clearly understood is that all modern American military officers are political appointees.
[True, but misleading. We are not political appointees in the sense of patronage, of party politics, appointed as Democrat or as Republican. We are appointed by the President – in his role as the National Command Authority, and confirmed by the Senate, as Federal Officials.]
Surprised? You shouldn't be. As a practical exercise ask one to read his commission document to you. Pay particular attention to the "follow lawful orders" part, along with the "serve at the pleasure of the President" phrase. Oath of office notwithstanding, nothing in that document says anything about what to do about unlawful orders.
[Troubling, sad, problematic – but all too true!]