#1) January 6 insurrection. Why: peaceful transition of power wasn't peaceful; disproportionately high number of veterans involved. Greatest threat to our democratic order since Nixon. Harbinger of 2024 violence and election law perversions already underway. Confusion at top of the military at what to do reflects weak civilian control of the military and broken processes.
#2) FY22 NDAA passage -- erosion of command control of military justice; a tepid and illogical start, but a start nonetheless.
The mishandling of the military's COVID vaccination process. The initial "voluntary" process was unnecessary, and invited military members to stake out opposition, only to be led into what is now a career-ending situation
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