In reading this article on the army and what looks to be a growing gap between junior and senior officers I learned that H.R. McMaster, one of the Army's bright lights, has been passed over for promotion to Brigadier General. Not once, but twice. Now I was only a lowly sergeant so perhaps someone can explain to me HOW THE HELL H.R. MCMASTER WAS PASSED OVER, NOT ONCE BUT TWICE?????!!!!!!!! This is the commander of Eagle 2/2 ACR at the Battle of 73 Easting, which is still studied by armies around the world as possibly the greatest tank victory ever by a company sized unit. He was awarded the Silver Star. He was a successful commander of 1/4 Cav, led the 3d ACR at Tal Afar (a success before the Surge) and is a historian to boot. Short of him being caught molesting children, there is no acceptable reason he is not wearing a Star. My old battalion commander was a politician, not a warrior and he left with three stars. Shame on the army. What is with the leadership of my army? What is with the promotion board? McMaster should have been a below the zone pick for Brigadier. One more strike and he is out. Petraeus needs to drop a hint in someone's ear back at the Pentagon. What the hell is this world coming to?
At the YearlyKOS get together, a lone soldier in uniform asked a question regarding "The Surge" at a panel on the Military and Progressives. That was all it took for the white sheet that the Left had been wearing to hide their true feelings about the military to come off and their contempt they have for the military to appear. The soldier was shouted down and the moderator and Wes Clark attempted to intimidate him into shutting up. Read about it here and here and see the video here. At least they support the troops.