Friday’s Reading List
By Taylor Marvin
What I read this week:
Ethan Gach has another interesting reflection on the Petraeus scandal.
Peter J. Munson on civil-military relations: “In all, this adds up to a military that at least in part feels it has earned entitlement, that it deserves the deferential treatment it receives, and that America needs to sacrifice to provide for the military — whether that be benefits or budget outlays.”
More from Michael Cohen: “In an age in which military officers are practically above public reproach – glorified and exalted by politicians and the media – the repeated failures of our military leaders consistently escape analysis and inquiry” (via Andrew Sullivan). Unfortunately, when the military as an institution is conflated with national greatness, a clear view of its failings and the failures of elective wars is impossible.