Generals aren’t Leaders Anymore: by Army Vet

By | April 13, 2018

[April 13, 2018]    Army Vet takes a hard look at American GENERALS and ADMIRALS and comes away believing they are not the leaders they should be.

U.S. military Generals aren’t leaders anymore.  That also includes admirals from the Navy and Coast Guard; which are much worse!  I’ll stick to the Army Generals for the moment and tell you (I don’t care if you believe me or not) that all they have become since the Korean War are smooth-talking bureaucrats and caretakers.  Yep, that includes the more famous ones you’ve heard of like David Petraeus, George W. Casey, and Lloyd Austin.  I say this because I grew up a soldier fighting wars; in those battles that were a knockdown drag-out fight where you see the eyes of the enemy and the fierceness of his determination to kill you without remorse or even a second thought.  That experience gives me the gut job of telling you truth about our generals today.

What to do about it is not my concern.  That’s your job.  I say this because I am still out there kicking some ass in the jungles of South America.  During my time with the Israeli and American armies, I learned a lot about people and a lot of about war.  You cannot pussyfoot around with the preparation and conduct of war on any level; tactical or strategic.  Pussy generals who fall into the trap of being “yes men” to the president are the classic wimp at the end of the city block that we kicked in the nuts when we were kids … and liked it.  Did we feel shame for whacking a kid that was weak or effeminate?  Hell no.  That’s how we learned to fight like banshees and became real men for it.  You need real men to protect the sheep that are so many of the American people have become.

So what’s causing the creation of so many American army generals that are incapable of really leading us in a classic no-holds-barred war?  Simple, we don’t start training men to be tough street fighters or group leaders when they were kids and we don’t train them as junior officers.  Today’s military officers have to be concerned about getting their career ruined by some limp-wristed, no-good-for-nothing spouse of a transgender “man” when a general didn’t kiss their feet, rather than spending time shooting weapons and learning how to lead from the front.  Leadership is dying in the military.  Worse, it’s a lost art that tragically slowly melted away in front of our eyes while social experimentation in the military ranks became a favorite play toy of the U.S. congress.

I could talk and write on this subject all day long but I have more important things to do.  I’m packing my bags for another trip to South America so I can go kick communists out of an unnamed country.  As you know, I just returned from Columbia where we did some whoop-ass on a bunch of socialist Venezuelan army troops who were escorting drugs and slaves across borders.  Yep, drugs and slaves.  I doubt you read about that in our communist newspapers.  Am I surprised … nope.

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24 thoughts on “Generals aren’t Leaders Anymore: by Army Vet

  1. Tomas C. Looney

    Great article. Good luck in South Amer.

  2. Bill Sanders, Jr.

    I see that the US needs to change its ways. Army Vet is a breath of fresh air. Thx, I’m now a fan of yours.

  3. Jerry Jones

    This will be fixed only when the majority of Americans get it thru their thick skulls that there is actually a problem.

  4. Tracey Brockman

    I am a big fan of yours Army Vet. I love your articles and wit in them.

  5. Mr. T.J. Asper

    We know the problem is with our generals but the solution remains with our national leadership. If you want to see an example of failed political leadership at the state level, just look at how ineffective their state National Guard units are. It took war to straighten them out and since we are no longer in a big fight, they are again started their slide back to the old boy’s way of a social club.

  6. Dennis Mathes

    The slow slide to political correctness has got to stop. The cost in lives and treasure is too great. I would hope (but know it won’t happen) that our elected politicians stop and think about the harm they are doing to the national defense by using and abusing our military.

  7. Army Captain

    Whoa! Good info here that really effects how we do business. Thank you Army Vet for getting out what many of us have been thinking.

  8. Drew Dill

    All good comments and thank you Army Vet for bringing this subject up. I always wondered why our generals were so ineffective since the Korean War. Yep, I study history. Why were generals so important and so effective in WW2 but not since?

  9. Kenny Foster

    I’m a big fan of Army Vet and always have been since his original posts. No political correctness here. He writes about what we think and that is his secret. Telling things like they are and not being timid about it. Great article today Army Vet.

  10. Janna Faulkner

    But the big question is, HOW DO WE FIX THIS?

    1. Tracey Brockman

      Yes, I agree. Army Vet is right however, it is up to us.

    2. Tony B. Custer

      Our military’s problems are caused by the US Congress. The solution must start there first. We must ensure our elected representatives know our displeasure in what they have done to harm the US military or … we will kick their ass out of office and make them miserable while doing it.

    3. Eddie Ray Anderson, Jr.

      Tony is right. We start with our elected representatives.

    4. Max Foster

      This is a pretty big project for Americans that would rather shop in a mall at a discount. Before we can affect our politicians, we must get our own act together as citizens. I don’t see this happening soon. I start today.

  11. Billy Kenningston

    This is the result of decades of liberal policy to reduce the “manliness” of the US military. They did a great job through a thousand cuts so we would not notice.

  12. Danny Burkholder

    Sad state of affairs in the US when their senior military generals are more worried about not offending some army civilian employee than doing their real job.

  13. Darryl Sitterly

    You have an excellent point. You also only hinted at our admirals also being a bunch of bureaucrats and caretakers too. I would like to have read more about them.

    1. Ronny Fisher

      Army Vet is writing about what he knows. He’s an army guy not a navy guy. I get our point but Army Vet has personal experience with the US army and therefore that is what makes his analysis credible.

  14. Tomas C. Looney

    I like the way you put it and frankly the American people (except for our politicians) are likely in full agreement.

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