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Washington Post: Is Top Brass Too Pampered?

November 21, 2012 by  

Washington Post: Is Top Brass Too Pampered?

In the wake of a sex scandal that has brought to light the decadence of the lifestyles of America’s highest command of military and intelligence officers, The Washington Post has published an article calling into question the lavish lifestyles of the Nation’s four-star generals.

The article outlines how it often becomes possible for the military’s top commanders — many of whom enjoy lifestyles akin to the living arrangements of billionaires with chartered jets, gourmet chefs and servants at home — to forget what life is like for regular people and especially those living the modest lifestyles of lower-ranking service members.

“Being a four-star commander in a combat theater is like being a combination of Bill Gates and Jay-Z — with enormous firepower added,” Thomas E. Ricks, author of The Generals, a recently published history of American commanders, told The Post.

But many retired top brass defend the kickbacks afforded to America’s military command, citing 18-hour work days filled with massive amounts of stress combined with having to balance budgets higher than those of many small countries.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Les

    People are just figuring this out now? Too laughable.

    For 20 years now these people have looted the country to make mercenary contractors filthy stinking rich. They then retire into nice 6 or 7 figure consulting jobs or end up on the board of directors for the same contractors they helped out.

    • Scott in SC

      Exactly right, and you don’t have to be a 4 star General. I have a family member who recently retired from the USAF as a Col. He spent the last 15 years at the Pentagon and already had a fat consulting gig lined up before he even retired. He actually had several offers.

      • Les

        CACI is called Captain’s And Colonels’ Inc. by those in the know. CACI is a huge “Defense” contractor.

  • http://none jay

    Look at their low pay in comparison to their huge responsibility. They deserve some perks. Wonder how many of these civilian critic types have been shot at or shot up in combat ?

    • Les

      You think BetrayUs has ever been shot at? That’s laughable, just go to Wiki and see his whole pampered career laid out. And yes, I spent six years in the US Army, signed during the Viet Nam War, oops I mean conflict….

    • Vigilant

      jay says, “Look at their low pay in comparison to their huge responsibility.”

      We’re not talking about the cannon fodder, the enlisted folks. We’re talking about the ever-increasing size of the officer corps (“grade creep”) and the high pay and inordinate perks they receive. And, indeed, most of them long ago ceased being (if they ever were) leaders and became managers. Some of them actually believe the “walk on water” performance evaluations they receive.

      Bird colonels in WWII had responsibilities for a great deal (Hell, lieutenants and captains had more responsibility than colonels do now). They are now coffee go-fers at the Pentagon. There are actually more full colonels in the services than there are top enlisted grades (E-9).

      Many, though not all, general officers are prima donnas. So were Patton and Montgomery, but they actually achieved something valuable.

      As the nation’s culture has slipped away from norms of responsibility and accountability, so have the morals of its military leadership on a pro rata basis.

      Power corrupts, it always has and always will. Generals almost invariably believe they are invulnerable, and push the envelope until they are caught. Petraeus’ actions, notwithstanding his service record, place him in the category of those promoted above their level of competence.

  • rick

    every general and admiral WILL hang for barry soetoro, the kenyan born indonesian citizen, who sits atop the military chain of command. the conga line to the gallows will be extrodinarily long but, will be led by these oath taking traitors.

    • eddie47d

      As long as you hang all the Wall Street hoodlums,Military Industrial Complex contractors, Banksters, Hedgefund Inside Traders,Mortgage scammers and the rest of that assorted lot. Then we can take a look at your list. .

  • John doe

    I always laugh at these folks who post against Wall Street, banks etc… I ask two simple questions… Do you have any investments?? Do you invest in Loosers?? let me answer for you.. Yes you do and you try not to invest in a looser.. so if these Corporations and such don’t make money you don’t make any either.. Hummm.. interesting..

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  • Don

    A tactfully capable General, but , lacking in gullibility.


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