From: Ocatillo Land
Lucian Truscott IV has an agenda. Not hard to understand, but he puts it out there sharply. Some might object to his hyperbolic characterizations (I don’t, but I can see where others might), but his prose holds certain truths that are not diminished by the defects of the messenger. Not with respect to Petreus in particular, but our top leaders in general.
I am not a Patreus fan, not a Patreus enemy, not a Patreus anything. Never met him, but people who had say he was a good field grade commander. That’s good enough for me.
The Great Game changed with McNamara. When the stars fall, they fell on men who demonstrated management ability as well as combat competence. This has now gone much farther. The new rules under Richardson prized advanced Political Science degrees, and then there was Rumsfeld, Brown, and Weinberger, that collectively institutionalized a PoliSci Phd for a 3 star and up, and they all became politicians.
Their jobs are nation building, infrastructure protection, indigenous peoples protection, crap that State should do but don’t have a clue about. To be a three star looking to get to four star means you have to be a combination of a Corporate CEO and a US Senator, with all those bells and whistles.
Lucian Truscott IV is pissed, because he remembers a time when generals were commanders of troops, not political appointees. He remembers a time when his ancestor was a serious goddam general. Now a days, I think we should find those good combat commanders and freeze them and line them up along one wall of the Pentagon with a sign on each case, “In case of Conflict, Break Glass”.