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We’re a Long Way From George Marshall

After the revolt of the generals, and the serial memoirs of former high-ranking officers in Iraq, we will probably start to hear more about nebulous political roles of former high-ranking military officers. Not long ago Gen. McPeak said of John McCain — “He was fresh out of jail, you know. “Skinny kid. All beat up of course, physically. But quite thin. They weren’t feeding him very well in Hanoi. He’s done very well at the dinner table in Washington.” But Gen. Wesley Clark truly trumps that with, “Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.” No one objects to their role as Obama advisers; the rub comes when their public statements turn needlessly crass in a way one doesn’t usually associate with former generals.

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