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  •  also something about competent leadership. (5+ / 0-)

    Some of the nicknames the troops had for Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld were pretty scathing.  For example Deserter-in-Chief.

    The whole fiasco with armor & equipment early in Iraq was total incompetence that cost American lives and no doubt cost Iraqi lives as well by giving the insurgency an early advantage.  

    Compare & contrast to the way Obama runs such a tight ship.  The man has the kind of self-discipline that soldiers recognize, and his willingness to take responsibility when he makes a mistake is right in line with the military culture about what honor means.  

    I suspect we're going to see serious improvements in morale across the board, and a lot of Republicans in uniform are going to become more than enthusiastic.  

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