There’s a great tradition in the military of failing upward–and the last 15 Years of the War on Terror has shown the DOD to be doing this Constantly


This is why  Americans need to ask whether the DoD budget could be cut commensurately to 7% of its current rate. –kas

AMY GOODMAN: You wrote a piece for TomDispatch, “Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Special Ops ‘Successes,'” and Tom Engelhardt wrote an introduction to your piece, where he said, “If journalism was once considered the first rough draft of history, now, when it comes to American military policy at least, it’s often the first rough pass at writing a script for ‘The Daily Show.’ Take, for example, a little inside-the-paper piece that Eric Schmitt of the New York Times penned recently with this headline: ‘New Role for General After Failure of Syria Rebel Plan.’ And here’s the first paragraph:”—this is in The New York Times.

“The Army general in charge of the Pentagon’s failed $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels is leaving his job in the next few weeks, but is likely to be promoted and assigned a senior counterterrorism position here, American officials said on Monday.”

That’s from the Times. And Tom writes, “Yes, you read that right. Major General Michael Nagata is indeed ‘likely to be promoted.’ He remains, according to Schmitt, one of ‘the Army’s rising stars’ and is [quote] ‘in line to be awarded a third star, to lieutenant general, and take a senior position at the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington.’ Oh, and one of the reasons for his possible upcoming promotion, other than having overseen a program to produce 15,000 American-backed ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels ready to fight the Islamic State that actually only produced a handful of them who fought no one, is according to ‘colleagues’ his ‘bureaucratic acumen in counterterrorism jobs at the C.I.A. and the Pentagon.'”

Nick Turse, your response?

NICK TURSE: Well, you can’t make this stuff up. I mean, there’s a great tradition in the military of failing upwards. And I think you’ve seen it again and again during the global war on terror. You know, commanders who have overseen, at best, campaigns with checkered results have again and again been promoted to senior positions. You know, this has been endemic of these wars, I think, because we haven’t seen any victories in them. But if you can, you know, fight it out at the Pentagon, if you can win the bureaucratic wars, there’s really the only way to go: up.

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I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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