Two retired four-star generals joined Donald Trump’s cabinet in prominent and high-profile posts, but they were concerned enough about the president’s possible orders that they formed a pact? One of them should be on American soil at all times to keep an eye on the White House?
What I’d really love to know is what exactly Mattis and Kelly intended to do if they believed “the orders rapidly emerging from the White House” were misguided or dangerous.
It’s a sign of how thoroughly Trump has corrupted our democracy that this interlude of quasi-military rule comes as a relief to many Democrats as well as establishment Republicans. If we saw this scenario in another country – a populist demagogue of dubious legitimacy slowly being hemmed in by a clique of military men – we would easily recognize it as a sign of democratic backsliding.