Tribute to the Military

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Retired Admiral

Retired Rear Admiral Bill Center provided an excellent brief op-ed in regards to the "generals' revolt." Rear Admiral Center explains that this action has put the military on a slippery slope. The Bos'un marks Admiral Center's op-ed that appeared in the Seattle Post Intelligencer as a must read:

Civilian control of the U.S. armed forces is a fundamental democratic principle that our military men and women internalize from day one. Officers swear to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or Domestic." When administering that oath to enlisted personnel, we add the words "I will obey the orders of the president of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me." We hear and repeat those words countless times during a career. We take them seriously.

Link to article: 'Generals put us on slippery slope' by BILL CENTER, GUEST COLUMNIST, Seattle Post Intelligencer

Bill Center, president of the Washington Council on International Trade, retired from the U.S. Navy as a rear admiral in 1999. He teaches the graduate seminar in American Foreign Policy at the UW's Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and blogs about globalism and trade at

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