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Troops used as personal servants to top military brass.


"“I was often jealous because he had four enlisted people helping him all the time,” Gates said. He wryly complained to his wife that “Mullen’s got guys over there who are fixing meals for him, and I’m shoving something into the microwave. And I’m his boss.”

Of the many facts that have come to light in the scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus, among the most curious was that during his days as a four-star general, he was once escorted by 28 police motorcycles as he traveled from his Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla., to socialite Jill Kelley’s mansion. Although most of his trips did not involve a presidential-size convoy, the scandal has prompted new scrutiny of the imperial trappings that come with a senior general’s lifestyle.

The commanders who lead the nation’s military services and those who oversee troops around the world enjoy an array of perquisites, including executive jets, palatial homes, drivers, security guards and aides to carry their bags, press their uniforms and track their schedules in 10-minute increments. Their food is prepared by gourmet chefs. If they want music with their dinner parties, their staff can summon a string quartet or a choir."

And remember, you DO support the troops, whether you want to or not.

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What Else Is New ??

In the military it's called brown nosing or sucking up.
It seems to be the only way to get promoted or stay off terrible details.

Unfortunately, I see republican politics as very similar.

I served 7 1/2 years and hated most of it.


Wow, I didn't know about this

Sunshine from the press is nice

Is this a little hypocritical

“There is something about a sense of entitlement and of having great power that skews people’s judgment,” Gates said. Is Gates including himself in this opinion ?

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow