All this week, Morning Edition is looking at leadership in the Iraq war. They begin the series with Joe Galloway. A legend among military reporters, Galloway was a military correspondent for more than 40 years. In Vietnam, he sometimes picked up a gun, and was the only civilian to be awarded the Bronze Star by the U.S. Army.
One of the many things that's interesting about Galloway is that he has a self-professed love for soldiers, and out of that love comes some of the most damning criticism of the military leadership. He has harsh words for the current civilian leadership, especially Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Definitely worth listening to... for this line alone, if nothing else:
"I would feel a whole lot better if somebody in that chain of command had ever worn the uniform and gone to combat and held a dying boy in their arms and watched the life run out of his eyes while they lied to him and told him, 'You're going to be all right.'"