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The Perfumed Princes of the Pentagon
American Thinker, by Clyde Ward

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Posted By:magnante, 11/20/2017 8:44:39 AM

If you´re not familiar with the term "Perfumed Prince," take a look at Air Force LTG Jay Silveria, Commander of the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs. Silveria achieved the national spotlight by chewing out the entire class over racial slurs posted on five cadets´ quarters. Months later, it turned out that one of the targets was actually the perpetrator. (snip) Colonel David Hackworth coined the term "Perfumed Princes" to describe the leaders who sidestepped the Vietnam disaster and infested the senior ranks, playing the academic or business manager while they squeezed out soldiers on the soggy end. But Silveria´s rant went

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MDConservative, 11/20/2017 9:14:43 AM     (No. 11456981)

Virtually every war the US has fought included a period to winnow out the "perfumed princes" before less politically skilled warriors could be found. How long did it take Grant to emerge from the West to defeat Lee? Virtually every defeat/stalemate can be traced back to politician leaders. Ladies and "gentlemen", war isn´t about "how you play the game"...it´s about winning, and that can be very ugly and deadly on both sides.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hotrod, 11/20/2017 9:27:08 AM     (No. 11456999)

The Perfumed Princes disappear into the staff jobs when there is fighting to be done. It has always been so. They are political creatures, not warriors.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jimjr, 11/20/2017 9:31:52 AM     (No. 11457007)

POTUS and SecDef need to work on replacing the service secretaries, then they need to go to work on the academies. The AFA needs a new superintendent and a general flushing of the instructors. West Point and Annapolis need a through going-over as well.

Positive notes: West Point now requires all cadets participate in boxing and the Annapolis has reinstituted celestial navigation courses.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TnEm, 11/20/2017 9:43:53 AM     (No. 11457031)

Silveria and the general who thinks he is the decider in case of nuclear war need to go back to soldier school. And I grieve for the Navy - crashing their boats - don´t inspire any confidence.
Can Mattis fix this?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: starboard, 11/20/2017 10:54:03 AM     (No. 11457111)

Great piece and good comments. I especially like this one.
"Not that many people know this, but Colin Powell was one of the major players
who tried to cover up the infamous Vietnam Mia Lai Massacre of old men,
women and children and got promoted soon after. He rose through the ranks for that service and because of “affirmative action”, and at the Pentagon, they called him “The Perfumed Prince”. He was a go-along-to-get-along political general, the exact opposite of a tell-it-like-it-is Warrior General like Patton."

To quote the late Christopher Hitchens: "Colin Powell: the most overrated person in history."

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/20/2017 12:35:41 PM     (No. 11457210)

That term, "Perfumed Princes" predates David Hackworth by at least a hundred years.

The military has rarely promoted Officers based on battlefield valor or value. After the first star it´s more about how well you get along with the Paymasters than with giving the enemy hell.

Nowadays when a Flay Rank Officer is given command of a military academy, his days are numbered in active duty. Such was not the case with our greatest military minds of all times however, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who commanded West Point before retiring... the first time.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Penney, 11/20/2017 12:44:01 PM     (No. 11457220)

The dem pols have sought to reshape the military leadership for decades and they must view this guy as one of their crowning achievements.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 11/20/2017 1:08:47 PM     (No. 11457259)

I´ve found this adage about promotions in the Navy to be quite accurate, and it no doubt applies to all branches of the service: It´s what you do that gets you promoted to O-5; O-6 and beyond depends on who you know.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Davids918, 11/20/2017 1:09:21 PM     (No. 11457261)

Suggest reading Col. Hackworth´s books.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: dvc, 11/20/2017 3:12:48 PM     (No. 11457374)

Real warriors are a bit of a PITA in peace time. They frequently are bypassed in favor of the dull ones who are good at BS political games and managing paperwork.

Warriors do foolish stuff like skywrite a picture of male genitals in the sky. Childish, foolish, but IMO, it is likely that these are the MOST important people to keep in the military. Corral them a bit, herd them in the right direction, train them well, and when needed, unleash them on our enemies.
If the managers can keep the logistics actually working so the war fighters have enough beans, bullets and bandaids, then good. If not, get rid of them.

Real war fighters are a precious commodity, and well worth the peacetime hassle and "high maintenance". Prevent the perfumed princes from driving all the warriors away.

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