The debate has the most content at Argghhh!, where John added an update on his post with regards to a comment at Yankee Sailor someone made to the tune of "how can you be relied on by the President/SecDef with opinions like yours?" John answers that incredibly well...I couldn't say it better if I wrote for a century, so I'll excerpt it here:
Lastly, because it came up in the comments - about the President and SecDef having to be able to rely upon me, and how could they with me expressing those sentiments - that comment does us *all* a disservice. I am going to use stronger language here than the comment justifies, simply to make my point clear.
My oath is to the Constituiton, not the occupant of the office. The Constitution directs that I will obey the orders, etc. And I will. Just as I obeyed the orders that emanated from the Clinton White House, regardless of what I thought about the occupant. Just as I would if the White House were to be occupied by a Clinton again, regardless of what I thought of the incumbent.
I would obey the lawful orders of John Kerry, or John McCain. Or of Markos Zuniga, if he could find his way into the Oval Office.
And if I couldn't, I would resign. And if they didn't let me resign because the law allows them to refuse that, then I would obey those lawful orders until such time as I could resign.
To behave any other way is to invite chaos, to set ourselves above the Constitution, and undermine the principle of civilian rule, and set the conditions for the ruin of the generally honorable service rendered by the military to the Republic lo these many years. And if you think otherwise, I suggest you examine your assumptions closely.
Some would call an opinion like that corny, cliched, diggity...I'd call it one I share and firmly believe in. There are those who don't fully realize what they are getting into when they sign up, and dig in their heels when they find out it's not all fun and games like the movies...I'm not one of those. I didn't joing for the glamor or to be Tom Cruise (trust me, I so don't look the part), I did it honestly to serve a cause I believe in. And I knew (and know now) full well that I'd quite often have to carry out orders I didn't like, agree with, or support. It's easy to do what you are all in favor of, it's tougher (but the right thing) to do your duty when you don't like the boss. Like John said, if you can't do that you don't belong in the service.
On a side note, how did I ever miss Argghhh! Consider yourself blogrolled :)