here. According to the author, "the military law of obedience is a doctrine designed to protect service members from having to obey manifestly illegal orders. As the response to then-candidate [Donald J.] Trump’s comments on waterboarding and the targeting of civilians demonstrates, the doctrine helps ensure that the U.S. military does not transgress clear and well-known legal commands. But what the law of obedience most distinctly is not is a tool for saving the Nation from simply unwise or legally contested orders."