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Command presence matters
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A Nov. 16, 2012, op-ed by Lucian Truscott IV published in The New York Times declares that our post-World War II military leadership has traded true fighting spirit for “talk shows and photo spreads” and “military-spec business suits” and, therefore, has failed to succeed in battle since “the stalemated Korean War.” Truscott’s linkage between alleged military failures and a general officer population of “strutting military peacocks” is readily contradicted by the two men he invokes, George Patton and Lucian Truscott Jr., his own grandfather. Truscott IV notes that Patton and his grandfather “chewed nails for breakfast, spit tacks at lunch and picked their teeth with their pistol barrels.”