There have always been two theories about Robert Mueller, actually three, which I laid out in a piece a little over a year ago. I still hold that how he sees himself in History may be outcome determinative. (I listed “History” at #8 in that list. )
Using the laws of unified theory, my theory of the man, Robert Mueller, was that he would do nothing, for no amount of money, to cast a black spot on his place in History, including his military service record as a Marine officer.
But patriotism, as our generation saw it, may have little to do with this.
I worship at the altar of the People of the United States as the Founders saw them, you know the riff, “to pursue life, liberty etc., without permission of state” and to be able to manage our governments from the bottom up.
I have many veteran friends, and even co-host a site for veterans (VeteransTales.org) where we, among other things, cook up ways for veterans to have a greater relevance in the lives of our young people, as teachers and mentors.
I know many Marines, and agree with them, that, except for John Murtha, former Congressman from Pennsylvania, there is no such thing as an “ex-Marine.” I have always wondered how this might play in Mueller’s thinking today, and that may depend on how much law school and a legal career in government might have diluted that.
The culture of law schools often can shape those beliefs. I was at the Army JAGC School at the University of Virginia the same time Mueller was a law student there. The only difference was I did my military service after law school, where my Army experience purged law school elitism out of me. In fact it turned me from being a liberal to a conservative. Mueller was a decorated Marine officer in Vietnam before attending that very elite law school, so the reverse may have been true[…]