CJCS had a chat this AM with Fareed Zakariya. How did this guy get to be Chairman? It must be Panetta. He must have experienced a "Road to Damascus" moment like that in which FDR decided that George Marshall would be Army Chief of Staff. I had hardly heard of Dempsey over the years. The view and sound of him was obscured by the dust and noise thrown up by the self promotion campaigns of people like McChrystal, Petraeus, Rodriquez and Odierno.
Wow! He can walk and speak English properly at the same time. He speaks in whole sentences instead of the chopped up lingo that a lot of generals use as a defence against possible future blame. He sees the world with a remarkable depth of knowledge as a base. He is not afraid of the Israeli/AIPAC menace. He is properly deferential to elected government. He isn't looking for a fight with anyone.
My! My! Hallelujah! Zakariya looked relieved to have an adult as interlocutor. Thank you. Thank you, whoever you were who chose him. pl