Monday, May 26, 2008

Nice one...

I have been thinking this myself for a while now...

From This Article
Fri May 23, 12:49 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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."

In the past four years, some retired military officers who were on active duty during the initial stages of the Iraq war have publicly criticized the Bush administration's policy and management of that conflict.

Yeah, what he said

H/T Neptunus Lex



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