Yes Ike was a real Army General unlike many U.S. military Generals today that appear to have gone to the local Army surplus store and bought all of the medals off of the racks.
November 16, 2012
A Phony Hero for a Phony War
By LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT IV
FASTIDIOUSNESS is never a good sign in a general officer. Though strutting military peacocks go back to Alexanders time, our first was MacArthur, who seemed at times to care more about how much gold braid decorated the brim of his cap than he did about how many bodies he left on beachheads across the Pacific. Next came Westmoreland, with his starched fatigues in Vietnam. In our time, Gen. David H. Petraeus has set the bar high. Never has so much beribboned finery decorated a generals uniform since Al Haig passed through the sally ports of West Point on his way to the White House.
Whats wrong with a general looking good? you may wonder. I would propose that every moment a general spends on his uniform jacket is a moment hes not doing his job, which is supposed to be leading soldiers in combat and winning wars something we, and our generals, stopped doing about the time that MacArthur gold-braided his way around the stalemated Korean War.
The pentigon is full of Puff Piece generals. They forgot their beginnings and now parade around like peacocks. Look at all the Star Studded dudes in CenCom. It’s a joke.