Washington Post: Is Top Brass Too Pampered?

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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.