I happen to think that the retired generals speaking out against Bush’s war is a problem. It threatens the American principle of civilian control of the military. But this is a special time in our history. We are supposed to have other democratic controls and checks and balances in place — including Congressional and Judicial oversight, a functioning opposition and an investigatory media — that keep things from reaching the point we have reached. These have eroded to the extent that these retired Generals have been left with little choice if we are to be diverted from complete disaster.