Carol Platt Liebau: Cheap Courage?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Cheap Courage?

Thomas Lipscomb asks a question that has occurred to me as well: If the six generals criticizing Rumsfeld were so appalled by his leadership, why didn't they resign?

After all, it's easy to lob potshots from the sidelines at no personal cost, especially when one has a book to promote or cares to audition for a position of influence in the next Democratic Administration. When there's someone who actually feels that an issue is timely or important enough to resign over -- or ventures to speak out about while still in active service, when it can cost him something -- then I'll be impressed.

All this is especially true given that most of the criticisms don't seem aimed at anythign that's going on now, but are directed at matters like troop levels and other decisions made several years ago.

2 Comments:

Blogger R Platt said...

The frantic complaining of six egocentric retired officers does not make a “revolt”. It appears that Rumsfeld dismissed them or disagreed with them at some point and now they're attempting to get their revenge. There is nothing wrong with the secretary of defense but there is a glaring problem in the military’s general officer selection and promotion system. And by the way, someone needs to remind these six officers that in this country our military is controlled by a civilian authority. Unlike general John Singlaub who acted on principle while still on active duty, these officers waited until they had accrued all the benefits of Service and retirement before they decided to bad mouth their boss. It would be interesting to know how many of them confronted Rumsfeld directly or at least requested to confront him with their complaints while they were on active duty.

This kind of behavior by professional soldiers may sell magazines and tabloids but it is a sad state of affairs for the nation.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Like corporate CEOs, generals have to play political games with the right people to reach their rank, and they have huge egos. Most caved in, to save their career perks, to feminist demands, then the Clintons forced "don't ask, don't tell" down their collective throats. They still don't dare criticize feminists or gays, but they can shout about what allegedly went on behind closed doors knowing Mr. Rumsfeld isn't going to release secret data. And who knows how many of these six have political aspirations a la Gen. Clark?

I'm happy to see other generals coming forth to contridict Rumsfeld's critics.

7:35 PM  

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