Should an Army Pfc know more than General Patraeus?
Non-military people say things like “Thank you for your service” in an automatic voice.
What they mean is, “I’m glad it was you and not me.”
Baby Boomers who joined the service after the Vietnam draft get a more pointed question.
“What were you thinking?”
No one gives a satisfying answer.
If you signed up in 1974, you joined the Gerald Ford Army. This was after President Nixon resigned for covering up the Watergate Scandal.
If you joined in September of 1974, you enlisted during ‘the era.’
You are a ‘Vietnam-Era Veteran.’
No stinking jungle, no hot LZ, no body bags, just an army full of men and women who knew Vietnam from the ground up. And you don’t have a clue.
Along with the change at Commander in Chief, the class of 1974 found Army Chief of Staff General Creighton Abrams die in office.
The chain of command snapped a few links with Nixon quitting, General Abrams dying, and Saigon falling.
But help was on the way.
Young boot camp trainees in 1974 shared the year with West Point ’74 graduate David Petraeus.
Wiki reports, “In the class yearbook, Petraeus was remembered as “always going for it in sports, academics, leadership, and even his social life”.”
BoomerPdx came too late for the former C.I.A. Director, but as a public service we will help others facing similar problems.
The following is a series of actions followed by the BoomerPdx reaction.
- An attractive woman twenty years younger gazes at you with every ounce of emotion she can wring out of her face without bursting into tears at your greatness?
Unless you are a modern military genius with a Princeton PhD, multiple combat commands, and a dad named Sixtus, you’re not the object of her desire. She wants General Patraeus.
- An attractive woman twenty years your junior wants to write a book about you and call it “ALL IN.” And she gazes at you like a zero calorie dessert after a fattening meal?
Ask yourself, are you the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983?
Are you a professor at the U.S. Military Academy?
Have you completed a military fellowship at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service?
General Patraeus did it all, and then some.
- A married woman with two small children stalks you half way around the world for ‘research.’ She wants to be embedded with troops for her book “ALL IN.”
What might sound like a prayer answered for a Hell’s Angel rally, is a red flag for you. But not General Patraeus.
Unless you’ve been named one of the 100 most influential leaders and revolutionaries of 2007 and runner-up for TIME Person Of The Year, one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, D.C. and been knighted by the Netherlands, you still wouldn’t understand.
Baby Boomer General Patraeus ripped a page from the Rock Star Manual, not the West Point Code of Conduct, when he started up with his biographer/groupie.
You can do better. You will do better.
Look for a life line when you think you’ve grown beyond all boundaries. Call your wife for starters.
The woman who sweet talks you instead of her husband and small children is looking for somewhere to wipe her shoes.
And you don’t know what she’s stepped in.