Sonntag, 22. August 2010

Too Many Chiefs, Not Enough Indians

The planned elimination of Joint Forces Command in Virginia has drawn heavy criticism (for that watch the debate on PBSO's News Hour). The criticism of the state's governor was to be expected. The criticism of Jim Webb, however, is more serious in nature. Not because of its merits, but simply because he is the Democratic Party's most respected heavyweight on defense. But was has gone by largely unnoticed is that Gates is also planning to cut quite a number of admiral and general-positions. And here, Gates is absolutely right. All Western armies suffer from the big-head syndrome. That there simply are to many commanders, a problem that had previously affected third-world-armies on a much larger scale.

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