In the Trump era, outsize expectations of what officers, in and out of uniform, can do, along with their outsize role in carrying out policies unmoored from strategy and impelled by cable-news quips and narcissism, will test that confidence more than it has been tested any time since Vietnam. The generals may save us, but they may not be able to save themselves.
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And that is why the ever-disturbed, much-dismayed Susan Collins is an object-lesson in the failure of our politics. She will express her concerns. She will propose empty compromises. She will take no evident joy in hurting the defenseless like most Republicans. But in the end, even when the country is nearly uniform in opposition, she will fall in line because that is what Republicans always do, if only to prove they don’t have bleeding hearts, or any hearts at all.
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