Sarah Palin is floating the notion that we ought to be electing military veterans to our political offices. (I note, purely in passing, that it was on this date in 1972 that I took the Oath of Enlistment.)
In general I agree that more veterans should be elected, but electing someone simply because they are a veteran is a horrible, horrible idea. Cases in point Wesley Clark, John Kerry, John Murtha. I could go on but I think the point is made. Besides that there is no guarantee that a) veterans are any better leaders than the people currently being elected (anyone who has served knows how many bad leaders there are in the service) or b) any more honest than anyone else. All other things being equal military service would be an excellent tie-breaker but as a sole qualification I have to say no.
Then again, hardly anything in life comes with a guarantee. And if I seem willing to take a chance on the guys (and girls) who wore the uniform, it’s because I remember the ones who took a chance on me, all those years ago. Your mileage, of course, may vary.