Lt. Colonel Paul Yingling in a blistering article in the Armed Forces Journal accuses army generals of incompetence in the war in Iraq. “For reasons that are not yet clear,” he says, “America’s general officer corps underestimated the strength of the enemy, overestimated the capabilities of Iraq’s government and security forces, and failed to provide Congress with an accurate assessment of security conditions in Iraq.”
Colonel Yingling argues that generals prepared for a high-tech war with too few soldiers and lacked a coherent plan for postwar stabilization. They also failed to inform the American public about the intensity of insurgent forces. Yingling, who served two tours in Iraq, accused the officer corps of concentrating forces in large bases, focusing on capturing or killing insurgents, but doing little to win over the Iraqi people. “The intellectual and moral failures common to American’s general officer corps in Vietnam and Iraq constitutes a crisis in American generalship.”
I agree completely with the analysis of Colonel Yingling, and admire his willingness to destroy a military career by attacking superiors. However, let’s not forget it was “General” Rumsfeld and Commander-in-Chief Bush who refused to take advice from generals about the need for more troops.