Have Junior Officers Lost Confidence in Their Commanders?
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Junior officers with more experience on the ground are now blaming the
generals for what's gone wrong in Iraq. Was America's Army trained for
the wrong war? Is there a "trust gap" between officers of Generation X
and their superiors? President Bush is in New Orleans to mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and, on Reporter's Notebook, the late hotel magnate Leona Helmsly left billions to charity and a trust fund of $12 million for her dog.
Gen. David Petraeus (L) chats with other officers at an American army outpost in a neighborhood recently taken from militant control by US forces in Bacouba, Iraq.
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Bush Marks Second Anniversary of Katrina, Levee Break ()
In New Orleans this morning, President Bush commemorated the second anniversary of Katrina with a moment of silence, then brief remarks at the only school now functioning in the lower Ninth Ward. Last night, the President attended a dinner with Mayor Ray Nagin, who held an event of his own today while the President was speaking. Freelance reporter Allen Johnson has a report from Congo Square in the Lower Ninth Ward.
- Allen Johnson: Freelance journalist
Challenging the Generals ()
This spring, the Armed Forces Journal published an article called "A Failure in Generalship." Lt. Col. Paul Yingling accused the highest officers in the Army of failing to envision the conditions of combat in Iraq-- and failing to prepare their troops accordingly. With junior officers now having more experience on the ground than the generals, in counterinsurgencies different from the conventional war they prepared for, there is a growing "trust gap" within the chain of command. Military sources say they've been "let down" in Iraq by the same mistakes made during Vietnam. Was the current generation trained for the wrong war? Are they less willing to follow orders than those who've gone before?
- Fred Kaplan: Columnist for Slate.com
- Robert Killebrew: Former Instructor at the US Army War College
- Lenny Wong: Professor of Military Strategy at the US War College
Leona Helmsley Leaves $12 Million to Dog ()
Hotel magnate Leona Helmsley died last week at the age of 87. Today her will was made public. The so-called "queen of mean" left billions to charity, along with millions to two grandchildren but nothing to two others "for reasons," the will says, "known to them." Her chauffeur got $100,000. Her dog got 12 million! Trouble, an eight-year old, white, female Maltese, appeared in TV ads for the Helmsley Hotels, and has a reputation for biting Helmsley's employees. Attorney Gina Barry specializes in people with animals at Bacon & Wilson, a law firm in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- Gina Barry: Attorney with Bacon & Wilson
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