“When I arrived back in 2001 I found 10,000 lawyers in the Department of Defense.”
Says Donald Rumsfeld:
They’re there at every level. We live in an enormously litigious society and the Congress contributes to that. As a result, there’s practically no step that’s made by anyone in the Pentagon and in the Department of Defense where they do not take into account the legal implications and consult lawyers about it….
There should be 2 lawyers in a brigade combat team. One for the prosecution, one for the defense. And they should have absolutely no say in operational matters.
As to commanders, if you don’t have the gumption to take a stand that isn’t behind a lawyer’s skirts, you shouldn’t be in command.