Yesterday, we showed you this slide, which originated at the US Army WTF moments Facebook page. The question on everybody’s lips was: was it real, or was it Photoshop?
The answer is here: it was real. and now every knob-polishing, superior-stroking, i’up-sucking staff officer in the army — one thing the service has in plentiful supply — is trying to find and hang those responsible.
The Army Times has the story, but the bottom line is this: the slide has been pulled, the witch hunt for its creator is on, and the message is being sent to all hands: punishment for misconduct is strictly for lower ranks, and even references to misconduct by higher ranks now are a self-inflicted career threat.
David Petraeus, whose picture has been removed from the slide, is actually a federal convict who pled guilty to mishandling classified information. You would think that was worthy of discussion, or at least a reference, when the subject is information security and the insider threat. You would think. But because he is a former general and member of the senior executive service, and because he is affiliated with a political campaign at present, he is immune to criticism for his misconduct.
Knowing that, it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out who else’s picture has been removed from the slide.
Naturally, they had no problem finding a career-first, self-serving, knob-polishing, up-sucking yellowstain of a major to quote in the article, clutching his pearls at the idea of lèse-majesté in the ranks.
So, are you still telling yourself that the people in charge of the military take their oath to the Constitution seriously? Nonsense. They stand ready to serve a government of men, not of laws.
Bottom line: the Army is like a Turkish water pipe: the more you suck, the higher you go. Case in point, David Petraeus.