As a Marine combat vet of Vietnam, I couldn't agree more with your criticism of Congress and their cowardly conduct, which betrayal they are repeating today in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, I have to take exception to your blanket criticism of our general grade officers. There have been many general grade officers who have sacrificed their careers in order to oppose the moronic directions of their civilian superiors. Nevertheless, I would not change our system to put military officers above civilian authority. This has been tried by many countries and hasn't ended well. Still, there are many examples of the very problem you mention. A good example occurred during WW2 when Eisenhower relieved George S. Patton, one of history's greatest military commanders, of his command for political reasons. If Eisenhower had opposed the politicians and left Patton in command, WW2 would have been over sooner than it was ... probably much sooner. How many people died consequent to this decision? We will never know but we do know that there were some and it is outrageous that politics was inserted into military operations during a war and resulted in even one additional death. Another outrageous political decision that has cost many lives and resulted in starvation on a massive scale was when General Douglas MacArthur publicly opposed President Truman's orders to pull back to the 38th parallel from the Yalu River, where we had pushed the North Koreans and Chinese Army at the cost of many American lives. Truman fired MacArthur, pulled our troops back to the 38th parallel, surrendered North Korea back to the North Korean dictator. Truman was a traitor who sold our victory to the North Koreans and Chinese, kowtowed to the Chinese, surrendered millions of innocent Korean civilians to slavery under a merciless communist dictator, nullified the sacrifices made by all those American soldiers and Marines who spilled their blood for that land, and made America look like a paper tiger in front of the entire world. So, here is one example of a general grade officer who stood up to a stupid civilian order and was fired. Patton was another example. And, there are many others, some of which I'm certain that we were never told. So, we need to be careful about painting our general grade officers with that brush. I think that they deserve better.