John and James: If the military isn’t a model for a free society, then Balko should have expressed it like that.
But “totalitarian”?! Is our military really like a society ruled by Uncle Joe or Kim Jong-Il?
Using that word to describe the military isn’t about engaging in a serious discussion of whether the military is an appropriate model for a free society. Rather, it’s an epithet revealing a hostility toward the military that’s, well, looney.