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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:56 PM

This is unnecessary

Petraeus scandal sheds light on top generals' military perks, lavish trappings

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates stopped bagging his leaves when he moved into a small Washington military enclave in 2007. His next-door neighbor was Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who had a chef, a personal valet and -- not lost on Gates -- troops to tend his property


"I was often jealous because he had four enlisted people helping him all the time," Gates said in response to a question after a speech Thursday. He wryly complained to his wife that "Mullen's got guys over there who are fixing meals for him, and I'm shoving something into the microwave. And I'm his boss."


escorted by 28 police motorcycles as he traveled from his Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla., to socialite Jill Kelley's mansion.

They each have a C-40, the military equivalent of a Boeing 737, some of which are configured with beds.

The commanders who lead the nation's military services and those who oversee troops around the world enjoy an array of perquisites befitting a billionaire, including executive jets, palatial homes, drivers, security guards and aides to carry their bags, press their uniforms and track their schedules in 10-minute increments. Their food is prepared by gourmet chefs. If they want music with their dinner parties, their staff can summon a string quartet or a choir.


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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:59 PM

1. They live like kings

and I mean that in the literal sense too.

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Response to madokie (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:14 PM

2. this goes way beyond what they need to do their job.

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Response to boston bean (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:36 PM

3. Sure it does and we should demand that this shit be stopped

We have homeless Vets and as long as we do the generals should look more like the enlisted soldier. Once we can, or better yet, once we take care of our Patriots after the war then maybe a perk or two for the admirals and generals but not until. I believe I speak for most who have been to war when I say that war changes a person and many times the change is not for the better. I know I came home a different person than I was when I went.

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