Looks like the Kool-Aid folks in D.C. have been drinking is not as strong as it once was even 6 months ago: Here's MGEN Scales just last year: http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20060501-100012-6202r.htm His basic message; the ret. generals don't know what they're talking about, we're winning Now, he says the Army is broken: http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20070329-084334-9363r.htm Considering the similar about face from another Kool-Aid drinker, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, one must ask are we reaching the point where all the rats start jumping off the sinking ship except the most insa... i mean dedicated? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/27/AR2007032701923.html I mention all this because it returns to a basic truth I've painfully learned to understand since I read paleocon veteran Andrew Bacevich's "The New American Militarism". He mentions how Bill Clinton politicized the officer corps more than anyone else, and how it has gotten even worse under this president. Under Clinton, officers like Wes Clark were permitted to run amok, and he, most prominently of all, got to fight his own war where he waged political warfare against his fellow 4 stars (who responded in kind) and appealed to Clinton himself to get it done. Colin Powell all but committed mutiny in making all types of threats related to avoiding intervening in Bosnia and preventing gays from openly serving in the military. So on and so forth. Now under Bush, like stink on feces, all these generals and admirals flocked to the allure of power and prestige even though many of them in their hearts knew that the war planning (now run by Rumsfeld and co., not the generals) was faulty and dangerous. They bowed their heads, lied to the American people and Congress repeatedly ("We're winning, they've been saying for 4 years now"). None of them die or suffer horrific injury, very few of them even face career penalties for their failures. They couldn't even take care of their own troops they were responsible for (Walter Reed, the sickening decay of conditions for outpatient soldiers and others in bases across the country). Now that they begin to finally see the endgame of Iraqi civil war, Iranian sabotage, Pakistani double-dealing and the futility of fighting a war on drugs while trying to win the "hearts and minds" of Afghans who have no other cash crop but opium (all without enough troops and training), they're jumping ship. Cowards. Traitors. Incompetent, dishonest buffoons. The whole of them. A last note... this is what we have bought ourselves here.....Is this how troops should be trained in the 21st Century?