I don't think it's quite fair to condemn the whole program because of a single slip up
If we get into a shooting war directly with the Russians and/or the Chinese, it's going to be officers like Milley making life and death decisions. The fact that Obama in all 3 of his administrations has placed greater value on diversity and political allegiance in the officer corps selection rather than competence is going to result in those officers being black, latino, native American, white female, gay, lesbian, transvestite, or some other oppressed group, with "D" by their names. Competency is not required. So, that may very well place us into the same situation as the Red Army in 1939, after Stalin had fired or excecuted almost the entire officer corps of the all Soviet services, so that he had yes men and women making the tactical, and sometimes, strategic decisions, for their fight against their fellow socialists, the national socialists. And how did that go for the Soviets.
God help us and pray for the Republic.
I never served in the military but my father did (1943 to 1963) and that formed a lot of the person I am. The military is all about “chain of command” until it isn’t convenient or doesn’t suit their needs.
The top levels of the military have always been political but, it seems to me, because they knew that’s what they needed to be in order to obtain the military objectives of defending the country. Today they are full on woke from Milley wanting to know about “white rage” to the CNO defending gay “spoken word” events on our war ships.
The way that our political and military leaders pissed on the twenty years of sacrifice by our uniformed soldiers was disgusting and disgraceful.
Not a single military leader had the integrity and self respect to stand up and state that the operational plan for retreat out of Afghanistan was rational or defensible from a military standpoint and publicly state so and that they wouldn’t have their name be associated with it tells you all you need to know about today’s military.
The only officer held accountable for the shit show that was Kabul was a USMC Lt. Col. infantry commander who had the courage to say the emperor had no clothes. For that he was put into the brig, had his sanity questioned and was booted out of the service after seventeen years of faithful service.
Don't forget the time Gen Eisenhower wrote to Field Marshal Keitel to tell him that he'd give him a heads-up if that lunatic FDR tried some crazy-a** ****. Oh, he didn't? Where did Milley learn that, I wonder? Probably not at the Naval War College, where he earned a Masters, but I wouldn't be so quick to give a pass to Princeton and Columbia, where he earned a BA and MA respectively. It was hardly "America First" on those campuses at that time. Or since.
Hey General Milley, maybe win a war, then you can talk sh-t about the CinC, until that happens STFU.
This is the second time in a week that the world's political and media elite were exposed as complete ignoramuses, as far as their knowledge of history is concerned--the thunderous applause in Canada for a member of the Waffen--SS being the first. Duh, what organization would a patriotic Ukrainian join in order to fight the Communists?
And if those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, or if history doesn't necessarily repeat itself but rhymes, I haven't quite figured out if we're in 1790s France, 1918 Russia, or 1930s Spain. But we're definitely in Europe's July of 1914. Something really big is coming at us.
We're on the same page here, I think. From Monday: https://www.theblaze.com/column/boychuk-who-the-hell-does-mark-milley-think-he-is
I'm a simple man, I see Buck Turgison, I like and I comment. Heck Col. Mandrake too, for that matter.
“...and the movement toward a more openly political military seems to be appearing as the tactical and strategic skill of military leaders declines.”
Yup. That pretty much the issue right there. Senior military officers are politically skilled. And that’s about it. Across the board the system promotes that “gift.” It’s also an issue throughout modern government. We probably have more institutions Les by more pedigreed individuals then ever before, yet we can get anything done. Sure, everyone is very good at identifying problems but they lack the skills to lead efforts to conclusion. Instead they all dance around problems, revamp COAs, and then identify the problems, revamp the COAs...
Milley reminds me of civil war general McClellan, in terms of thinking that political matters are in his purview. I don't know if Milley has any of Little Mac's better attributes for organization and leadership of a large army. Does anyone know of a good analysis or breakdown of the Obama era of ideological vetting of the senior officers, and/or has anyone shown Milley to be a product of that diabolical process?
We have left that coarse, unenlightened time when competence and excellence were rewarded, and are now in the glorious era of the social media star, the 'influencer', if you will, which discourages knowledge, competence, and actual achievement in the drive for clicks and likes. This explains equally the state of the military, the government, and public employees.
Chris, let me say out loud what you are too polite to say:
Milley is owned.
Fauci is owned
Biden is owned
No one is this incompetent. The lionization (of all of them in the media) is just to keep the narrative going...
Thoroughly Modern Milley ought to be wearing make up and a dress while giving speeches on white rage. Of course, that would increase his appeal to his pandering audience and/or media.
Very interesting review of previous high-level conflicts between the military and elected politicians, thanks!
The coup has already happened. What we see now is merely a consolidation of power, a messy mopping up action. Nevermind that; quibble over the details. We /know/ Milley is a perjurer and - given that Ukraine war is anything but pretend - a traitor. He's one of those responsible for the death and maiming of easily .5million Ukrainians - and it is pure sophistry to claim they are not "our" soldiers; who is paying their salaries, hello? His head belongs on a pike somewhere along Rt 95.
There will be war. It is perhaps the only way to clear this society of the psychopaths, narcissists and parasites. And maybe not "will"; it seems it is already here.
"I don't think it's quite fair to condemn the whole program because of a single slip up." Great movie, great subtitle, and a great column. But I was waiting for the other shoe to drop: "I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than 10 to 20 million killed, tops! Depending on the breaks."
Milley is Managerial Class General. This sums it.
This in no way approaches the real Civilian Military problem;
Oh Civilians- you don’t actually have a military anymore. Just some guys standing there, they’ll melt away-wisely- at the next real push. You’re on your own.
This will shortly become apparent. It looks in practice like Uvalde, or the Afghan Army ANA rapid collapse in 21.
And the contempt for our Flag Officers in all ranks is so palpable the children of military - normally quiet- go stone faced and hiss “the Generals are not of us, they are part of the Elites” then go quiet again. Wonder where the kids learned that?
And Can you hear me hissing?