Two chiefs recently took responsibility for their actions, with very different outcomes but one unified intention: holding themselves accountable.

The first chief is Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Milley made an apology that was succinct and to the point as he gave a commencement address to the students at the National Defense Institute.

“As many of you saw, the result of the photograph of me at Lafayette Square last week — that sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society. I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”

Milley was photographed in battle fatigues during President Donald Trump’s stroll into Lafayette Park. Later, Milley was seen inspecting and chatting with National Guard troops called in to ensure order in the streets. Before this event, Milley had argued against the president’s insistence on mobilizing troops onto the streets of Washington. Milley did not believe the mostly peaceful situation warrented soldiers confronting civilians.

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