I bet this has the FOGO wires a-buzz:
Military officers who denounce policies they helped implement are “cowardly,” the top U.S. officer charged on Friday in an apparent reference to retired generals’ attacks on Iraq war policy.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of staff, told U.S. Naval Academy graduates that military officers face two options when political leaders do not follow their advice — obey orders or quit.
Mullen said officers should not follow orders only to later leave the military and publicly criticize the plans they implemented.
“We give our best advice beforehand,” he said. “If it’s followed, great. If it’s not, we only have two choices — obey the orders we have been given, carrying them out with the professionalism and loyalty they deserve, or vote with our feet.
“That’s it. We don’t get to debate those orders after the fact. We don’t get to say, ‘Well, it’s not how I would have done it,’ or, ‘If they had only listened to me,”‘ he said in Annapolis, Maryland. “Too late at that point and too cowardly.”
Just calling it like he sees it.
And while we’re on about the Chairman, he’s got some good advice for the Memorial Day Weekend as well. The Surge, he says, wasn’t successful because of the politicians or the generals – it was successful because of the soldiers who walked the mean streets to make them just a little less mean every day:
All over this country ‚Äî in all sorts of ways ‚Äî people are rolling up their sleeves and doing great things for the men and women who serve.
I‚Äôm very grateful for that support. The troops are grateful for it.
But we need to continue connecting to that sea of goodwill, especially as our returning warriors and their families tackle new challenges associated with the stress of long deployments, the pain of combat injuries, or even the uncertainty of new careers in the civilian sector.
We need to wrap our arms around them and never let go, especially those bearing the seen and unseen scars of war. We need to make sure they get the care they need, the time they deserve and the respect they‚Äôve earned ‚Ä¶ for life.
We owe them nothing less and probably a whole lot more.
So, on this Memorial Day weekend, maybe we should all go on a little walk ‚Ä¶ to the nearest cemetery, to a hospital, to a local military base, or even to a homeless shelter.
Someone there has served. Someone there has sacrificed.
Someone there has walked some pretty mean streets. And we ought to all say thanks.