Chain of Command Question
This was also the period following 9/11; the attempts to find, capture and/or kill the perpetrators had started in Afghanistan; and the congress had approved President George W. Bush's attack on Iraq... none of which was going well. By late 2004 the election campaign was well under way, and Bush had re-enlisted for another election against John Kerry.
I had several opportunities to interface with the retired military guys and sought their advice on how to look at the situation... it was clear that I did not think Afghanistan was going well, and I clearly believed that Iraq was a very bad decision. Many arguments ensued. Invariably these retired leaders of men in the military sided with George Bush. While I was not moved by the positions taken, I always backed away carefully because these guys could be very challenging.
I was fairly certain that each was smart enough to know as I did, that the engagements overseas were not going well... and likely Iraq wasn't even warranted. So why were they so emphatic about re-electing Bush? It came down to "chain of command". These military guys seemed to be unable to separate their active duty from their retired duty... one is to be obedient to the wishes of the Commander in Chief... the other is to be a curious voter and to vote their conscience.
Any way... we all know that George Bush won, and what occurred in the three following years has been a debacle! Well, now we are in a situation where these same men, and many of their wives are making the same arguments in support of John McCain in the present 2008 election campaign... with one twist... this time they have turned nasty! They have tried to hurt anyone who supports Barack Obama. They have been adamant that he not be allowed to win the election... and they are using the same old arguments...
But this time, they are attacking friends and acting like little boys who have not only been wrong... badly wrong... about George Bush; they have been very wrong about Barack Obama. And for some unknown reason, they are being very negative to friends... of ours, and by association... us. So I have decided to turn it around... I am not going to back down this time... here's my question of you leaders of military men... If Barack Obama wins, will they follow the same chain of command that they have with "W"?