The U.S. military is bungling its outreach to the Muslim world and squandering good will by failing to live up to its promises, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer wrote Friday.Sir, if you feel that way - then as the senior US military officer since OCT07 you should resign.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there is too much emphasis on telling the U.S. story and not enough on building trust and credibility.
“We hurt ourselves and the message we are trying to send when it appears we are doing something merely for the credit,” Mullen wrote in an essay published in a military journal. “We hurt ourselves more when our words don’t align with our actions.”
Mullen noted one of those failings, the abuse of Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison, but he said the problem isn’t the skill of the communicators.
“Most strategic communication problems are not communications problems at all,” Mullen wrote. “They are policy and execution problems.”
“Our biggest problem isn’t caves, it’s credibility,” Mullen wrote in the Joint Force Quarterly.
If we are that bad, then where is the accountability? My morale was just boosted, how about yours?