- Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling: U.S. soldiers' oath links defense of Constitution to obedience to President's under condition of adherence to orders
- He says at GOP debate, a candidate said soldiers could be compelled by him to ignore oath, perform illegal, immoral acts
- He says that's scary, and is also not true -- any soldier has right to resist violating oath and international law of land combat
Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling is a national security, intelligence and terrorism analyst for CNN. He served for 37 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)I have served for nearly four decades in the U.S. Army, and I have repeated the oath of office to those receiving a commission or being promoted, or the oath of enlistment to those entering our force, hundreds of times. It is a beautiful and unique oath.