As an ex military member I would say that having a military that is untouchable by it's political masters is not a good thing. (Even when the political master is a chowder head like former PM Jean Chretien) Sorry guys, couldn't resist, the man was a disaster for the military and our comittments to not only NATO, but the UN and civil defense and relief.
Okay back on track. Lack of control on the military would set a dangerous precendent. Discipline is a must for the military to carry out it's job and contrary to polpular believe soldiers are not rabid dogs or as put by CORTEZ
excerpt from Jarhead post: the military is a homoerotic institution
composed of beta-that is-second rate-- males
who spend losts of time wanking off waiting to kill someone
In fact soldiers are ordinary people who are governed by a code of conduct (discipline and honour), but that conduct is enforced by a chain of command which hinges on mutual respect and integrity.
Respecting ones superior is paramount to maintaining discipline and good order within the ranks. A good comparison would be taking a1000 civilians and continually doing things to agitate them, making them cold uncomfortable, calling them names. Eventually this is going to result in a riot or a Mob.
When you introduce a structure which use key figures in positions of authority and couple that with the many things I mentioned above: integrity, discipline, leadership, etc... You are left with a group of individuals who stand as one, endure hardships and respect leadership.
I'm condensing here because I've got to get the heck to bed, but these things are all important factors in maintaining good order and discipline.
Take away Leadership, you remove accountability. Remove accountability, you affect discipline. Once discipline is gone you no longer have a military that answers to anyone.
They are not dogs which must be muzzled, but the military is an institution which requires Leadership from the Prime Minister down.
In fact I need only to point to places like Afghanistan, Africa or the FY where lack of leadership and blatant disregard of discipline has lead to scores of war crimes. These are just to name a few.
Off to bed then work