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The Pentagon Is Muscling In Everywhere. It's Time To Stop The Mission Creep

The Pentagon Is Muscling In Everywhere. It's Time To Stop The Mission Creep
December 21, 2008
Washington Post
December 21, 2008
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Taking Command
The Pentagon Is Muscling In Everywhere. It's Time To Stop The Mission Creep. By Thomas A. Schweich

We no longer have a civilian-led government. It is hard for a lifelong Republican and son of a retired Air Force colonel to say this, but the most unnerving legacy of the Bush administration is the encroachment of the Department of Defense into a striking number of aspects of civilian government. Our Constitution is at risk.

President-elect Barack Obama's selections of James L. Jones, a retired four-star Marine general, to be his national security adviser and, it appears, retired Navy Adm. Dennis C. Blair to be his director of national intelligence present the incoming administration with an important opportunity — and a major risk. These appointments could pave the way for these respected military officers to reverse the current trend of Pentagon encroachment upon civilian government functions, or they could complete the silent military coup d'etat that has been steadily gaining ground below the radar screen of most Americans and the media.

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