To: Voice in your head
Back when I was an Air Force Officer (a bit before this article was written), I was told that the number one concern expressed by Captains attending Squadron Officers' School was the lack of integrity in senior officers... so much so that they were forbidden
to bring it up it in discussion groups.
You have to take high-sounding essays like this in context; the people who wrote them were almost always seen by their juniors as careerist bureaucrats indulging in a little self-flattery.
Wesley Clark was not and is not all that much of an exception.
posted on 01/16/2004 9:59:40 AM PST
Point well taken. However, whether the author of a given work lived what he preached is not to be overshadowed by the wisdom of his words, in my opinion. I joined the Army largely because I read David Hackworth's book "About Face". People can question his motives, question how much of the book was embellished or they can think that he is the greatest leader who ever lived. Regardless, I think that what Hackworth wrote is very near the ideal of an infantry officer. Likewise, I think this article is good to consider when faced with ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. I will forgive any of the author's sins and focus on his words and use those words as a guide.
posted on 01/16/2004 2:10:25 PM PST
by Voice in your head
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