Armed Forces Journal Author (Army LTC): "Purge the Generals!"
Posted By Blackfive • [August 15, 2013]
"The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom." - Sun Tzu, 6th Century B.C.
LTC Daniel L. Davis, in a piece that he authored for the Armed Forces Journal (link: subscription needed), goes after a decade long track record of wasted resources and gigantic judgement lapses and is calling for a purge like GEN Marshall did in order to win WWII. The Washington Times' "Inside the Ring" picks up on it:
“The U.S. Army’s
generals, as a group, have lost the ability to effectively function at
the high level required of those upon whom we place the responsibility
for safeguarding our nation,” Army Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis stated in an article published online by Armed Forces Journal.
In Col. Davis‘ view, senior leaders have produced a 20-year record of organizational, acquisitional and strategic failures. <...> To compound the problem, the Army
is preparing to reorganize the service into smaller and less-capable
forces, as threats become more unpredictable and adversaries more
Col. Davis said the purge of generals should be similar to what occurred 70 years ago when Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall found an officer corps ill-suited for winning World War II. He forced scores of generals into retirement..."
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