Andrey (azangru) wrote,

General Mark Milley, from several days ago:

You see, we [the US military?] are unique among armies. We are unique among militaries. We do not take an oath to a king, or a queen, tyrant or dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual. No, we do not take an oath to a country, tribe or religion. We take an oath to the Constitution. And every soldier that is represented in this museum, every sailor, airman, marine, coast guard — each of us will protect and defend that document regardless of personal price.

I lost it at "we do no take an oath to a country". I was wondering for a moment there, when he said "the Constitution", whether what he meant was the abstract concept of the way a country is organized; but his next sentence dissipated that doubt. He actually means the document. He seems to be proud of taking an oath to a concrete inanimate physical object rather than to an abstract concept such as country or people. It's as if he were taking an oath to the Bible, not to God. It's kind of insane.

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