Ralph PetersFamily Security Matters
"That staff sergeantâ€”who turned himself in after the killingsâ€”is guilty of murder in a degree yet to be determined, but the amazing thing is how disciplined, patient and tenacious our troops have been. Given the outrageous stresses of serving repeated tours in an environment a brand-new private could recognize as hopeless (while his generals fly back and forth congratulating themselves), itâ€™s remarkable that we have not seen more and even uglier incidents. The problem in Afghanistan isnâ€™t our troopsâ€”although craven generals routinely insist that everything is the fault of â€œdisrespectfulâ€ soldiersâ€”itâ€™s a leadership in and out of uniform that is bankrupt of ideas, bankrupt of ethics, bankrupt of moral courageâ€”and rich only in self-interest and ambition."
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