I understood why fellow officers admired Petraeus's intellect and focus, but it always offended me to see all that crap on his chest, seemed like too much self-congratulation and promotion, and Viet vets I know who weren't officers expressed the same sentiment.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
One of the many things that might be wrong with the military today (along with the outsize influence of rightwing fundamentalist beliefs and not having a draft so not everyone gets to experience and influence military culture in a truly democratic way as it was in my day, etc.) can be illustrated by these two photos. One of these generals helped turn the Iraq War around, the other helped defeat the Nazis and win World War Two. Notice anything different about (actually on) their uniforms?