Two factors contribute to Americans dismissing the highest level and most experienced military and intelligence leaders when they warn us about the dire state of the presidency and the possible descent into tyranny.
One factor is widespread American ignorance of history, geopolitics, law, etc. There is no blame in this. People can choose how knowledgeable or not they want to be. But knowledge might lead them to realize that in history and in the contemporary world, no nation is immune from tyranny.
The second factor for people is that this is America. America is the greatest and most durable democracy in the history of the world. There is no way—no way—that this democracy can be injured, let alone killed. Knowledgeable people know that American democracy has been injured before, though it generally recovered. As for killing democracy, it is repeated: no nation is immune from tyranny. Not even America.
Among the growing number of military and intelligence leaders speaking up this week, below is an interview today with Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a former Fox News military analyst who left after accusing the network of “assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law.”