As the civilian world has gone along with the volunteer military in place of the Draft...
They removed the last institutional check, the Draftees, on the political policies and the operational strategies for the front-line tactical use of We Citizens in arguably dubious ventures of so-called national security declarations. Though the draftees in their resistance and dereliction of command authority put themselves in jeopardy, they ARE (or WERE) the raw, visceral populist sentiment to those decisions made in the name of 'We, The People'.
The Institutional Games in which they've existed-Mueller, Kelly, McMaster, Mattis, Maguire
Those five represent a generational cohort, who by their patriotism and-or career ambitions, devoted themselves to the government policies that determined the course of their military service from Vietnam onward. Because they gave an oath and a devotion to that service which required not only obedience but an emotional subordination to the institutions of that service-unless THEY CHOSE to resign. They developed, incidentally, that reverence for the institution's "good decorum and order" which not only we one-term, short-timers were taught to have a reverence to those "superior officers" to the point that even in a strong disagreeing address had to be prefaced by, "With ALL DUE RESPECT TO YOUR RANK AND AUTHORITY, SIR/(now MADAME)", but as has been seen by these examples of the officer class, a reverence to the institution, itself. (Something by which draftees and no-further government service, one-termers did not generally abide).
For whatever perspective you have on this attitude, it comes back to the saying ,
"Hate the game; NOT the 'playas'.
They're the product of the logic that was the foundational paradigm of being subordinate to institution mechanisms-for better or worse. I will give these five the benefit of the doubt that they served the institutional establishments of their service with sterling honor.
I can't say the same for others who've become government service careerist after these Vietnam Era veterans.
[Taking the words of Dutch Englund (Ernest Borgnine) in 'The Wild Bunch'; "It's NOT that you gave your word. It's WHO you gave it to!]
WHADDA YA EXPECT FROM DIS OLD DOG OF THE 60's AND 70's BUT THIS KIND OF POTPOURRI THINKING--eBay