A growing number of young military officers are offering critiques of what went wrong in Iraq, revealing a generational divide between officers on the ground and the generals who deploy them, the Wall Street Journal reports. In an scathing essay in Armed Forces Journal, Lt. Col. Paul Yingling charged that top brass failed to prepare for guerrilla fights, and then failed to adapt as quickly as front-line troops.
Yingling, a 41-year-old veteran of two tours in Iraq, said the system rewards generals for conforming and discourages risk-taking, while young officers have to adapt to stay alive. His solution: to change the promotion system to include reviews by subordinates. The response from higher-ups to the hotly debated essay: Col. Yingling's not qualified to judge.