I just came across the interview with Fallows about his most recent article in The Atlantic. The interview is as interesting as the article. Here's a snippet:<br><br>[color:blue]Were you surprised by the amount of dissent among the people you talked to?<br><br>I was impressed by the venom of the people who are professional soldiers and professional national security advisers, toward their current civilian leadership. Obviously it's not such a good thing for the country if professional soldiers resent their civilian leadership. I think these soldiers are clearly aware of their obligatory deference to civilian authority, but the sense they have of having been misused and betrayed in careless ways by civilian leaders is very powerful. One of them told me, "We're the ones who are going to be out there calling parents saying, 'Your son has been killed, your daughter has lost her arm, your husband has been captured.' We're the ones making these dreadful phone calls, because somebody else had a sweeping idea, and had some experimental vision of transforming the Middle East." They mean Feith, Wolfowitz, and Cheney—and to a much smaller degree the President, who they see mainly as having been sold on these visions by his advisors. Their case against Rumsfeld is that his ideal of a leaner, meaner, streamlined army led him to commit far too few troops to Iraq.</font color=blue><br><br>
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