"... if the Army truly does believe that Golsteyn violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice, then they should charge him with a crime. If they can’t do that, then we must conclude that insufficient evidence of a crime exists, in which case Secretary McHugh should give him the Distinguished Service Cross he deserves.
Congressman Hunter pointed out in his article that a recent survey conducted by the Military Timesrevealed only 27 percent of the military felt that their leaders were looking out for the best interests of the troops. Golsteyn’s situation illustrates why this is the case, and is of a piece with the case of Will Swenson, whose Medal of Honor package was “lost” after he bitterly criticized his chain of command over the ROEs, or of Jim Gant, one of the most successful special operators of the last decade, who was nonetheless drummed out of the Army after running afoul of his superiors.
Golsteyn, Swenson, Gant, and others like them are led by men who interrupt their political intrigues and email flirtations with wealthy socialites only to crucify the troops actually doing the fighting when, for whatever reason, they become politically inconvenient—preferably, as with Golsteyn, in a manner that allows for no response or appeal. Freebeacon
The US military is now ruled by men and women who have the mentality and character of "big box" chain store managers at your local mall.
The number of them who are selfless servants of the Republic is small. We used to have general officers who were real soldiers. What happened? Careerism and mirror imaging in promotions happened. There are a few good ones around. LTG McMaster is an example but he was passed over for BG at least once and was finally promoted because wise people in the civilian world intervened at the White House. What was his "crime?" He argued with the top brass over strategy in the Iraq War. This was after he had commanded an armored cavalry regiment with great distinction at Tel Afar. He may not remember this now.
We have fallen a very long way from the days when George Marshall fired generals by the dozen if they tried to avoid hard duty. Marshall was also in the habit of giving GIs a ride in his staff car on the way to the Pentagon from his quarters at Ft. Myer. And then there was Ridgeway who was standing by the side of the road one day in Korea when a passing heavily burdened infantry soldier called out to his comrades to ask if any of them would tie his boot lace. This four star general knelt in the mud to do the job.
We have fallen a long way. pl