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Looking back on the troubled wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many observers are content to lay blame on the Bush administration. But inept leadership by American generals was also responsible for the failure of those wars. A culture of mediocrity has taken hold within the Army’s leadership rank—if it is not uprooted, the country’s next war is unlikely to unfold any better than the last two.
Thomas E. Ricks writes the Best Defense blog for Foreign Policy magazine and is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. This essay is adapted from his new book, The Generals, out this month.
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
I believe it to be true and it would be hard to find another reason besides a political one for the recent firings of Generals Petraeus, Allen, Ham plus one more and a rear admiral in charge of the Naval unit closest to Benghazi on 9/11. Those who tried to help our people on the ground were canned, plain and simple. What possible reason could the administration have for denying any help to Stevens and the others.
Whatever happened to "Leave no man behind"? Remember BlackHawk Down? We lost 18 men with 80-some wounded just to retrieve 2 helicopter crews when Benghazi was a bloody Ambassador for cri'sakes.
Allowing openly gay soldiers was the first step in eliminating career soldiers as many left or retired due to that ruling. The other was using PMCs (private military contractors) where people were getting paid 4 and 5x the amount for the very same work the soldiers were doing. This was dreamed up by Rumsfeld and Cheney long ago in a supposed cost saving scheme but the reality of it was to weaken the military and make billions of $ for corporate interests. It also gave the shadow gov't forces that could not be held accountable by the public as evidenced by the shootings in Nissour square, Baghdad, Iraq. Now we have mercenary forces of some of the very best fighters in the world whose only allegiance is to a paycheck. Neat, huh?
The 2 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have worn down our forces and demoralized our troops. The recent firings have destroyed the top leadership and if you recall the former head of the CIA Leon Panetta was installed as the secretary of defense.
The last straw coming soon is the supposed "fiscal cliff" which will take away half of their funding automatically. This is why I'm betting that there will be no budget deal before the deadline.
This is all by design and if you don't know why anyone would want to ruin the military and leave our troops stranded on the other side of the globe think about it a little while. There is only one logical conclusion to be drawn from this. Just add the NDAA, CIA heading the military and 30,000 drones over American skies. America is soon going to be one big prison.
Originally posted by TDawgRex
reply to post by Golf66
I have said for some years that the US Armed Forces are now promoting politicians rather than leaders. Leaders above E-7 and O-4 are a rareity these days, and as you said, they will not have much of a chance of further promotion since most are politically incorrect.