Admiral Fallon Goes Down With His Ship
"Ever since the invasion of Iraq, my opinion of US flag officers in all services is one of disgust; these officers, in the main, put their careers above their integrity. One exception was Army General Shenseki who told Congress that the battle plan for Iraq was seriously flawed; afterwards, his career was quickly ended. Admiral Fallon's recent abrupt resignation was a loss to America, but it restored hope that US military leadership still has elements that prefer integrity to career promotion and survival."
"This appalling failure of flag officer professionalism was compounded as many took lucrative work on retirement on the cable and network news shows as military experts. Their main task seemed to justify the military disasters. You do not see them on TV much anymore. The military experts who mainly survived this time are below flag rank and were less politicized.
These talking head generals and admirals were followed by another wave of more flag officers saying mea culpa for following stupid orders blindly. The publishing of two books on the Iraq war, COBRA TWO and FIASCO, no doubt prompted their epiphany. You can find some of them now bobbing their heads on stage with Hillary Clinton at campaign rallies. All blame Rumsfeld for their failures. While on active duty, they conducted themselves as Chihuahuas, but transformed themselves into Doberman Pinchers on retirement."
Retired Col Bartos writes once a week (Monday) and posts here:
He is a candid, versed, worldy and a "straight shooter" on military affairs. He was a writer on Col David Hackworths blog, who was the most decorated US Army Veteran.