General Odierno tells the truth...

. . . and he didn’t even realize it. While much of what we hear from the military bureaucracy about progress in the various wars is simply not true, when Odierno was asked about a change in the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, he was caught off guard and a small tidbit of truth was recorded.

He said:

“All I’m saying is as I’ve implemented this war now for seven-years, we’ve been able to get forces out that are ready and prepared to conduct operations.

“My opinion is everyone should be allowed to serve, as long as we’re able to fight our wars and we’re able to have forces that are capable of doing whatever they are asked to do,” he said.

The wars are not really fought but “implemented;” they are implemented by uniformed bureaucrats like Odierno; and any policy shift is fine by them, as long as it has no impact on them being able “to fight our wars.” He and his gang are modern Roman generals—finding their reward in the steady continuation and extension of the impulsive political adventures of past and present American caesars. When these generals publicly swear to uphold the Constitution and defend the republic, it’s either one more heartfelt lie, or stand-up comedy.

Karen Kwiatkowski is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel who is currently active in civilian life as a teacher, lecturer, writer, and radio host.
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