An ongoing myth about American military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq is the performance of our generals. General David Petraeus is held aloft as a shining example of “success”in Iraq. Supposedly his famous “surge”did something, but what it accomplished is very unclear. Al-Qaeda still operates in Iraq, it continues killing and bombing years after the “surge”allegedly accomplished its goals. The American military establishment rewarded incompetence in Afghanistan and Iraq.
During WWII, Chief of Staff General George Marshall relieved from command a few dozen generals for failure to aggressively lead soldiers into battle. Not a single American general has been relieved of command despite the ineffective General Tommy Franks who initially led troops into Iraq. We have excellent officers from major on down, the problem lies with those in leadership positions.