That's a quotation attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte. One wonders if the US Department of Defense has ever bothered to read his works . . . because it's just made a very serious error of judgment, IMHO.
Lieutenant-Colonel Stuart Scheller, USMC, who famously resigned in protest over the lack of leadership and accountability over the Afghanistan debacle, has been arrested and jailed. I understand it's because he disobeyed an order to stop posting on social media, but that's basically a convenient pretext. We all understand that he's hated and loathed by the progressives who are trying to make the US military "knuckle under" to their authority. I'm sure they'll punish LtCol. Scheller in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the military . . . but they appear to have lost sight of a very important reality.
LtCol. Scheller speaks for a great many Americans, and a great many military service personnel, in his anger at and rejection of a military leadership that's corrupt, inefficient and refuses to take responsibility for the consequences of its actions. His jailing is bound to be seized upon as a cause célèbre, something around which to rally resistance to the entire corrupt military establishment. That's already happening, as this meme I found on social media yesterday evening illustrates.
I'd say, if LtCol. Scheller wants a career in public office under a different administration, his open resistance to political correctness, and his willingness to go to jail for his beliefs, is going to stand him in very good stead. Can you imagine the fun he'd have as a future Secretary of the Army, or Secretary of Defense? I'm sure the powers that be can, if they apply their minds.
This is just about the dumbest thing they could possibly have done to handle the problem he represents. If they had any sense, they'd let him fade away without further publicity. Now? They've just guaranteed that he won't fade away, but instead will be a stinging gadfly on their posteriors for years to come. Tactically, he's won a major victory; and strategically, he's positioned himself very well for the years to come.
One suspects Chesty Puller would approve.