Loyal warriors or killing machines?
For hundreds of years and many wars, American soldiers have dealt lethally in combat against our enemies. Sadly, there have been instances when a few misguided warriors have committed crimes against non-belligerents, which in order to maintain discipline, military justice demanded punishment for the offending soldiers.
Recently two American soldiers were convicted of murdering non-combatants, one even admitting his guilt. President Trump then issued a pardon for the two saying: "We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill." Another case surfaced when Navy Seal Edward Gallagher posed with a photo of an executed 17-year-old ISIS prisoner and then texted it to a friend writing: "Good story behind this. Got him with my hunting knife." Military justice demanded action and Gallagher was demoted and stripped of his Seal qualifications. Trump, then trying to strike a pose of being sympathetic to a warrior while simultaneously totally undermining military commanders, ordered the disciplinary actions rescinded and all Gallagher's charges dropped.
In Trump's view, norms have changed. We have discovered a new way to defile the uniform. Today, we allow murderers to wear it while being lauded as heroes.