"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Thursday, April 20, 2006

More Regarding Sopranos in the Chorus of Generals

I recently posted regarding Major General Swannack as being the latest sorprano to join the chorus of generals calling for SecDef Rumsfeld's head here.

To quote Melana Zyla Vickers at TCS Daily, "the generals are doing it now, in a media pile-on, with a message that sounds a whole lot like "throw the bum out now that we have our pensions" and not at all like "in hindsight, we made some mistakes, here's how to do things better."

In my post all I had to say about MacArthur was "Remember MacArthur?" Not terribly detailed, but hey, I don't get paid for this. Vickers takes MacArthur and compares him with how today's generals appear, "When, in 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur publicly bumped bellies with President Harry Truman over the prosecution of the Korean War, it wasn't pretty, and he was rightly fired for insubordination. But at least the American public understood what the conflict was: a real-time dispute over whether to pursue the North Korean enemy across the border into China, at the risk of expanding the conflict. The message of today's U.S. generals, meanwhile, sounds petulant: If the Iraq war was prosecuted in a manner so far removed from their military advice, why didn't they put their jobs on the line when their opinion could have had an impact on the war?"

As far as I am concerned, the rush to go squealing with nothing more than the type of garbage we have heard from JFK2Not, is basically worthless. If the "perfumed princes," were completely in charge would they keep their egos out of the way long enough to discuss the best strategy if the best isn't there own?

Read the complete article here.

Update: Clifford May at Townhall has a good article regarding the Generals.

"Rumsfeld is the only secretary of defense to have prepared for the job by serving as secretary of defense. Thirty years ago, when he was the youngest man ever to hold the job, he was probably a less difficult boss. This time around, his goal has been to fundamentally transform what he sees as a sclerotic Pentagon bureaucracy. That has not made him popular with those invested in the status quo."

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