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Originally posted by xpert11
The thing that has disturbed me the most about the disaster in Iraq is the fact that before the war none of the military leaders that were are part of the coalition stood up and questioned the number of troops to be deployed in post war Iraq or the wisdom of the war. I understand that military leaders cant make statements contrary to government policy in public nor can they publicly criticize political leaders. Note I think that military leaders should be able to defend themselves from barbs from politicians.
Having said that surely the military leaders could have used some restraint and still made there views known. Other avenues could have been found to ensure any reservations were heard. If political leaders choose to override military sense then military leaders should be prepared to resign rather then oversea a unwise course of action. Many current military leaders seem to care more about there retirement pensions rather then doing what is in the best interest of a military and country.
Macarthur and Ike would turn over in there grave if they knew how spineless 21 century military have become.
Originally posted by sy.gunson
Yeah I take the point about Rumsfeld surrounding himself with yesmen. It happens everywhere in life and not just in the military.