Have retired top US military officials become substantially more outspoken and cited on political issues in the last decade? sits at -4/+0. Somebody edited it, removing a key bit of the question then left what I think is a bit of faulty logic in the first comment which suggests the premise of the question is not good:
Do you mean more outspoken than, Colin Powell, or Ike Eisenhower?
suggests that if an example of a single individual was outspoken in the past, then retired top US military officials are not likely to be more outspoken now.
In my response I point out that how spoken an individual is is less relevant as I'm talking about an entire group; to me (and to the answer authors) it seems a lot more of them are speaking out in the last decade. I think the comment was gratuitous (i.e. sounds clever) but distracting and unhelpful.
@TedWrigley's answer suggests why this might be so, but so far we don't have an authoritative supporting link with some quantitative evidence. I'll agree my question is challenging because it will require some research to find such a link, but we shouldn't down-vote questions because they are hard.
How does US Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (ret) get to a "Look, you're attacking NATO... and we're going to consider our options to attack" scenario? is currently at -4/0 votes and has been closed as
is likely to be answered with opinions rather than facts and citations. It should be updated so it will lead to fact-based answers.
That the Black Sea has been mined (see my comments under @o.m.'s well-received answer) in such a way that it blocks shipping in and out of several countries, @o.m.'s answer does not seem primarily opinion-based any more than perhaps a third of all well-received answers are here in Politics SE.
In the face of good answers to both questions and the facts available or the situation in the case of the "primarily opinion-based" closed question, I'm curious why all the down- and close-voting in these cases?
I'd like to see the closed one reopened so that answers are not blocked and improvement of the existing answers is not discouraged, but until I can understand this better I don't know what action to take here, if any.