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Generals should not be potted plants for candidates on the campaign trail

This phrase in an article in the Fayetteville Observer caught my eye:  ". . . . Sharing the stage with Ryan were . . . . retired Army Gens. Dan McNeill and Buck Kernan." I have nothing against either of those generals. But I wish they would not allow themselves to be used by political ...

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This phrase in an article in the Fayetteville Observer caught my eye:  ". . . . Sharing the stage with Ryan were . . . . retired Army Gens. Dan McNeill and Buck Kernan."

I have nothing against either of those generals. But I wish they would not allow themselves to be used by political figures. The Army chief of staff should ask all retired generals to stop appearing with candidates who are campaigning. I especially hate it when they trot out a coupla dozen at political conventions.  In the long run, this sort of partisan activity can only hurt the Army, and the nation.

This phrase in an article in the Fayetteville Observer caught my eye:  ". . . . Sharing the stage with Ryan were . . . . retired Army Gens. Dan McNeill and Buck Kernan."

I have nothing against either of those generals. But I wish they would not allow themselves to be used by political figures. The Army chief of staff should ask all retired generals to stop appearing with candidates who are campaigning. I especially hate it when they trot out a coupla dozen at political conventions.  In the long run, this sort of partisan activity can only hurt the Army, and the nation.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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