A few years ago, Gallup conducted a poll which asked which American institutions were the most trust-worthy..and they found that the most-trusted American institution was that of the United States military (78% according to Gallup).
If you think about it, this makes sense: there is, quite frankly, no other institution in America today that is as professional, committed to their work, trustworthy and willing to put country before self than our men & women in uniform. I mean, name me one other American institution that has had more of an influence on the broader American society over the decades….go on, name one. I’ll wait..and no, Congress doesn’t count.
…anyway, they’re proving my initial point once more, as pointed out in a recent Bloomberg News article, with several plans afoot on how to deal with climate change over the next few decades. Now, you might wonder: why in Sam Hill is the military thinking about this issue and not the myriad of others that they may have to deal with…well, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it is that they plan for everything. Trust me when I say that the U.S. military plans for every singly fricken’ potential event on this great earth…and, given their cautious nature, they plan in triplicate…and they plan those plans in triplicate…you get the idea.
The amazing part…they do this without concern – most of the time – about who the occupant is over at 1600 Pennsylvania; now, that’s not because they don’t respect the civilian leadership – they most certainly do – but because it ain’t in their job description to do otherwise. At the very least, let’s hope that our civilian leadership could someday improve themselves so that someday some other American institution can take the top stop…at least, we can hope.