Our top military brass really do have a personal financial stake in creating and / or continuing wars around the world. Ka-ching!
The new pension rules were part of the 2007 Defense Authorization Act to address concerns that the military would lose too many experienced generals and admirals during wartime.
Previously , the maximum annual pension was based on an officer’s pay at 26 years of service. Now, a four-star officer retiring in 2011 with 38 years’ experience would get a yearly pension of about $219,600, a jump of $84,000, or 63% beyond what was once allowed. A three-star officer with 35 years’ experience would get about $169,200 a year, up about $39,000, or 30%.
Can you see why the following attitudes about “listening to the generals on the ground” might be a problem?
“I think we are drifting to a very, very dangerous situation. None of the generals recommended the speed of the drawdown the president wants. [...] And if you watch what is happening there’s a steady drift from the United States at a time when the president is signaling his desire to get out as fast as he can and potentially faster than the generals think is safe. … You should go to the White House and ask the president why did he overrule all his generals?” – Newt Gingrich on Obama’s earlier announced plan to withdraw the “surge” troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer
Romney echos President Obama’s right-wing critics who say that the president should’ve deferred his troop withdrawal decision to the commanders on the ground (thereby essentially abdicating his role as commander-in-chief). “It’s time for the troops of Afghanistan to take on that responsibility according to…the time table established and communicated by the generals in the field,” Romney then says. – Mitt Romney Backs Off Letting Generals Decide Course In Afghanistan
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) listens to the generals — so much so that he has advocated on numerous occasions that President Obama defer his powers as commander-in-chief to American military commanders fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. – John McCain Only Listens To Generals He Agrees With
[U]nemployment rate for post-Sept. 11 military veterans… stood at 13.1 percent in December. The government estimates that 250,000 post-Sept. 11 veterans are unemployed. – Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps