December 7, 2003

Chateau generals...

I was sent a link to this NYT piece on Iraq by Lucien Truscott IV. It's very interesting and worth reading, but he seems to have a template that all his observations must fit into.

....Commanding generals have had lavishly appointed offices before, as well. My grandfather, Gen. Lucian K. Truscott Jr., occupied the Borghese Palace when his VI Corps swept into Rome in 1943. His aide kept a record of the meals prepared for him by his three Chinese cooks, while every day dozens � and on some days, hundreds � of his soldiers perished on the front lines at Anzio, only a few miles away from his villa on the beach.

So there may be nothing new about this war and the way we are fighting it � with troops on day and night patrols from base camps being hit by a nameless, faceless enemy they cannot see and whose language they do not speak. However, the disconnect between the marbled hallways of the Coalition Provisional Authority palaces in Baghdad and the grubby camp in central Mosul where I spent last week as a guest of Bravo Company, First Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, is profound, and perhaps unprecedented.....

Well. maybe. But his picture of confused, resentful and ill-supported grunts fighting a war they don't understand while the brass sit comfortably in safety doesn't seem to fit with all the other accounts we are getting from Iraq, including those of military bloggers.

Posted by John Weidner at December 7, 2003 3:30 PM
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