Young officers join war critics | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Young officers join war critics

Posted By on Sun, Apr 23, 2006 at 12:11 PM

The younger generation of military officers is disgusted with their older colleagues who acquiesced to an ill-conceived and poorly-planned operation in Iraq.

"This is about the moral bankruptcy of general officers who lived through the Vietnam era yet refused to advise our civilian leadership properly," said one Army major in the Special Forces who has served two combat tours. "I can only hope that my generation does better someday."

An Army major who is an intelligence specialist said: "The history I will take away from this is that the current crop of generals failed to stand up and say, 'We cannot do this mission.' They confused the cultural can-do attitude with their responsibilities as leaders to delay the start of the war until we had an adequate force. I think the backlash against the general officers will be seen in the resignation of officers" who might otherwise have stayed in uniform.


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