Pentagon: The Little State Department
I begin this article by saying I have the highest regard for men and women serving in our Armed Forces. I, furthermore, greatly admire and respect our Veterans of current and “forgotten” wars. All the men in my family have served in the U.S. military. My mother was a personal secretary to a general at a munitions facility during World War II. It is with deep regret that I feel compelled to share my personal views of the Pentagon. The “voice” of the Pentagon, in its current configuration, mimics the voice of the U.S. State Department. It is a voice we have heard before. It is the voice of appeasement, the status quo and self-serving interests. We read of generals being put in Leavenworth for quid pro quo deals with defense contractors. We read of higher-ups chastising troops expressing natural frustrations. We read of the downplaying of Russian intrusions into American airspace and territorial waters. We read of gross counterintelligence failures, most notably at Fort Hood. We read of fallen soldiers being denied “live” taps at funerals because of “fiscal concerns.” We read of horror stories at the VA. We read of Arlington Cemetery foul-ups. We read of soldiers being reprimanded for the most trivial of matters, while higher-ups in the Pentagon retire with swollen pensions, paid for by the American taxpayer. The list goes on.
Let’s get to the bottom line. The Pentagon has not won a war in over 60 years unless, of course, one counts Iraq which was indeed won but is now unraveling due to incompetence and elitist group-think. This is not the fault of our fighting men and women
The future of the Pentagon, which I hope will once again be vital and healthy, is in jeopardy. The Pentagon is like a listing ship heading perilously into an iceberg of entitlement.
Some say morale in the U.S. military is low. If true, it is easy to lay blame.
Military higher-ups need to look in the mirror and ask themselves these questions: Am I in uniform out of a sense of duty, or am I here for self-aggrandizing reasons? Is it duty, or the pension and “goodies”?
How the brass answers these questions will determine the fate of the Pentagon.