This has been bouncing around my head for months now—at least since the run-up to our Afghanistan escalation: how have Republicans gone from being the guys hollering for military deference uber alles (despite a US Constitution saying something to to the contrary) to the guys who can't seem to support anything our military leaders recommend?
Steve Benen seems to agree:
Obama has spent a year following the guidance of military leaders, and Republicans have spent a year breaking with the judgment of the military establishment.
It's a fascinating dynamic. On everything from civilian trials to Gitmo to torture, we have two distinct groups -- GOP leaders, the Cheneys, Limbaugh, and conservative activists on one side; President Obama, Gen. Petraeus, Secretary Gates, Colin Powell, Adm. Mullen, Adm. Blair, and Gen. Jones on the other...McConnell and his Republicans cohorts are reluctant to admit it, and political insiders have been slow to acknowledge it, but what we're witnessing is exceedingly rare -- the Republican establishment openly rejecting the judgment of the military establishment.
Via: The Daily Dish
We even had Jake Tapper today tweeting a quote from John McCain in 2006 that is sure to haunt him now that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has called for repealing Don't As, Don't Tell:
@jaketapper: McCain 06: "the day the leadership of the military comes to me and says, Senator, we ought to change the policy..."