In the midst of a chaotic election cycle that is generating a lot of hysteria and panic, Gen. Dunford's blog encourages the military to "keep calm and carry on." And in all actuality, the majority of the military and defense establishment is most certainly worried about a Trump presidency. In fact, many have threatened to resign if Trump wins. See here, and here, and here. Yet, "summoning up all his self-discipline against that unmanly emotion, panic", Gen. Dunford has conducted himself just as he should.
Indeed, Gen. Dunford's blog post exemplifies the military leadership we need during this election — something that seems to be increasingly rare. For throughout the past year, both Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Party nominee Donald Trump have been courting voters by touting their military supporters, which is threatening to blur the line between civil and military relations. We have witnessed two retired Generals publicly campaign for the candidate they support. As Mackubin Thomas Owens, a retired colonel in the Marine Corps reserve put it, "The military is not a partisan prize, and it should not be used for this."
|Former Generals Mike Flynn (Left) and John Allen (Right) have publicly endorsed Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, respecively.|