I have no idea how the general will be assessed by historians; the following is worth the read simply for the writing:
A Phony Hero for a Phony War
…The fact is that none of our generals have led us to a victory since men like Patton and my grandfather, Lucian King Truscott Jr., stormed the beaches of North Africa and southern France with blood in their eyes and military murder on their minds.
Those generals, in my humble opinion, were nearly psychotic in their drive to kill enemy soldiers and subjugate enemy nations. Thankfully, we will probably never have cause to go back to those blood-soaked days. But we still shouldn’t allow our military establishment to give us one generation after another of imitation generals who pretend to greatness on talk shows and photo spreads, jetting around the world in military-spec business jets.
The generals who won World War II were the kind of men who, as it was said at the time, chewed nails for breakfast, spit tacks at lunch and picked their teeth with their pistol barrels. General Petraeus probably flosses…
A novelist and journalist [Lucian K. Truscott IV] who is writing his new book on the blog Dying of a Broken Heart.
Earlier from the same writer about another American Afghan general:
The Unsentimental Warrior
More on American Generals:
I Like Ike [note comment on MacArthur]
But it took a couple of years to breed that generation to that level during WW II. Remember Kasserine? Also remember Mark Clark. Also that Union generalship in the Civil War followed the same pattern. The author apparently forgets.
Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger
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