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I never saw the movie “Dumb and Dumber,” and from what I understand, they made a second one. Sometimes folks just don’t know when to stop at a good thing…how many “Lethal Weapon” movies were there?
For this Saturday’s musings, I want to share with you something that reflects life imitating art. Regardless of what we’re being told, there’s combat going on in Iraq and Syria, as well as Afghanistan, but if you listen to the Obama administration it is just training and support…Riiiight.
Well, it sure seems like it takes a whole lot of a certain type of fellas for a training mission.
As reported by the Daily Beast: There are only 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq—about what a colonel usually commands. But for this ISIS war, as many as 21 generals have been deployed. Why?
In the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the U.S. military is notably short on soldiers, but apparently not on generals. There are at least 12 U.S. generals in Iraq, a stunningly high number for a war that, if you believe the White House talking points, doesn’t involve American troops in combat.
And that number is, if anything, a conservative estimate, not taking into account the flag officers running the U.S. air war, the admirals helping wage the war from the sea, or their superiors back at the Pentagon.
At U.S. headquarters inside Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, even majors and colonels frequently find themselves saluting superiors at a pace that outranks the Pentagon and certainly any normal military installation.
With about 5,000 troops deployed to Iraq and Syria ISIS war, that means there’s a general for every 416 troops, give or take. To compare, there are some captains in the U.S. Army in charge of that many people.
There was once upon a time when the battlefield was populated with more troops than leaders. Also, those leaders led from the front and were engaged with their men. Our history is replete with such stories.
Recall the number of battlefield commanders lost during the Civil War, or how on D-Day the Assistant Commander of the 4th (US) Infantry Division, Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., landed on Utah Beach and infamously stated, “we start the war from here.” He was later killed, in combat.
Today we have deployed countless numbers of . . . Read More
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