Be Sure You're RIGHT, Then Go Ahead

Duty. Honor. Country.

A famous credo.  And it used to be standard operating procedure, more or less, at least for old fashioned commanders like Douglas MacArthur. But too many of our modern military leaders seem to have ingested less of the spirit of the bayonet and more of the spirit of the office manager. The chain of command seems surfeited at times with beribboned bureaucrats who have substituted sycophancy, political correctness, and blind ambition for the time honored virtues of a MacArthur; with generals like Martin Dempsey, Barack Obama’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, whose ideals of service are often at odds with those of the men he commands:

The chairman told reporters that he and his fellow commanders are “the stewards of the profession of arms, and must ensure service members don’t cross an important line.”

Sadly, none of the reporters asked Gen. Dempsey why he never…

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