If you’re concerned that President Barack Obama’s strategy to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) might not be rock solid, rest assured: his top general reads Rachel Maddow for insight into military affairs.
Back in 2012, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey took to his official Facebook page to alert his followers that he had read the liberal MSNBC host’s latest tome and, what’s more, it really made him think.
“I saw from your comments on my post for ‘Swerve’ that many of you were reading Rachel Maddow’s ‘Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power,’” Dempsey wrote. “I read this too and it challenged my thinking on an issue that is central to our profession. The use of the military – in any capacity, conflict or otherwise – is always the decision of our civilian leaders.”
“Ms. Maddow pushes the reader to understand the history of the why and how civilian leaders choose the military option. I couldn’t agree more with her point that our military is ‘unrecognizably better’ since 9/11,” he continued.