By Ann Scott Tyson Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, November 17, 2007; Page A01
The Army has summoned the top U.S. commander in Iraq back to Washington to preside over a board that will pick some of the next generation of Army leaders, an unusual decision that officials say represents a vote of confidence in Gen. David H. Petraeus's conduct of the war, as well as the Army counterinsurgency doctrine he helped rewrite. <snip>
Some junior and midlevel officers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been particularly outspoken in their criticisms, saying the Army's current leadership lacks a hands-on understanding of today's conflicts and has not listened to feedback from younger personnel.
"It's unprecedented for the commander of an active theater to be brought back to head something like a brigadier generals board," said retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales, former head of the Army War College. A senior defense official said Petraeus is "far too high-profile for this to be a subtle thing."
The board, composed of 15 Army generals, will examine a pool of more than 1,000 colonels to select about 40 brigadier generals, expected to lead the service over the next decade or longer. Although each board member has an equal vote on the candidates, Petraeus will be able to guide the discussion.
This is NOT a good sign, despite the positive spin put on it in the article. We all know that Petraeus is Bush's bag man in the Pentagon, and an "ass-kissing little chickenshit" to boot. This is NOT about rewarding "hands-on" expertise in promotions to General, it's about hand-picking more Petraeus type ass-kissers who will not EVER dare question the insane war-lust of the Chimperor, such as General Fallon and CENTCOM have done recently vis-a-vis refusing to attack Iran. This move insures that the next generation of our Army's highest leaders will be unprincipled ass-kissers, willing to blindly execute whatever horrific orders come out of the White House. I'd love to get General Fallon's "off the record" opinion on this, but I'll probably have to wait until he joins the ranks of retired Generals who couldn't stomach this crap any longer.
1. Agree--this is bad. I've always thought the whole Petraeus glorification
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 03:23 PM by wienerdoggie
was an artificial attempt to create a new Republican military hero in the mold of Powell, or Schwarzkopf, or Ike, for future political gain. I'm sure I won't be wrong. edit to add: I don't trust the guy--he's 100% political schemer.
Then they pack it with loyalists, toadies, and sycophants. This could be just another step in the incremental establishment of a fascist dictatorship. Martial law is a whole lot easier to pull-off with compliant generals.
7. Could we have one of those emergency elections like Calif.?
Like this January? Since impeachments off the table we need immediate emergency action. At least some way to put George on hold from any actions towards any foreign nation.
Idiots (bush/cheney) and Commander-in-Chief is a really bad combo. America (minus the msm) sits around and says, Please George, don't do anything stupid - -. He hasn't done anything positive yet, why would he now that he and dick are about to be pushed out. This could be their last hurrah, get Iran and Pakistan.
Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators
Important Notices: By participating on this discussion
board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules
page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the
opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent
the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.