Image via WikipediaThere is no doubt that the men and women of our military are top notch. I am sure there are some bad apples out there, but every member of the military that I have had the pleasure to know has been worthy of respect in some fashion, especially those career military personnel.
I recall the example of Admiral Robert Willard when testifying before Congress last year. During questioning, Congressman Hank Johnson expressed concern that Guam could become so overpopulated that it could capsize. To Admiral Willard's credit he expressed no shock at the statement, but respectfully replied that he did not anticipate that happening.
A friend of mine posted a link on Facebook of another example of the class of our military. This article was on CNN and written by author Bob Greene. Greene recounts the story of an incident that occurred at a recent dinner. White House advisor Valerie Jarrett mistook 4-star General Peter Chiarelli for a waiter because the General's dress slacks were similar to the pants worn by the waiters.
Jarrett asked the General to get her a glass of wine, which he did. The point is, the General's response is an example for us all. He could have easily replied that he was not a waiter or done something to belittle Ms. Jarrett. He did not. It is a far cry from the response of Senator Barbara Boxer and her asking General Michael Walsh to call her "Senator" instead of "ma'am." I am sure General Chiarelli worked just as hard, if not harder, to become a 4-star General as Senator Boxer worked to become Senator.