It was clear years ago. He convinced Bush 1 to stop Gulf War 1 early, thus ultimately resulting in 9/11, Iraq round 2, Afghanistan, and the implosion in the Middle East. All of this his direct fault - no. But he legacy is a contribution to the American decline, American and other deaths, and our uncertain future. Certainly not a hero. He was the typical politician in the military, moving up not through skill, but by keeping clean and leveraging his image.