Blame the Politicians, Not the Generals [Opinion] Top Army officer misdirects fault for Iraq failure

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Yingling decides to use the media to focus the blame for the failures of Vietnam and Iraq on U.S. generals.

Ohmy News International World
Claudia Nelson (minuetcz)
Published 2007-05-24 15:45 (KST)

Below we have an excerpt from Ohmy News International World that is bound to raise some eye brows among the serving ground troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan and provoke some really serious questions.

An active-duty Army officer. Lieutenant Colonel Paul Yingling, published a blistering attack on U.S. generals’ conduct of the Iraq War. Yingling stated, ¨After going into Iraq with too few troops and no coherent plan for postwar stabilization, America’s general officer corps did not accurately portray the intensity of the insurgency to the American public.¨ This statement completely misdirects the blame from the Bush administration to the generals.

ARMY LT. COL. PAUL YINGLING is deputy commander, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He has served two tours in Iraq, another in Bosnia and a fourth in Operation Desert Storm. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago. The views expressed here are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of the Army or the Defense Department.

Yingling in his article compared the failure in the Iraq invasion to the Vietnam conflict, which in army ideology would be like comparing oranges to apples.

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