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Old 04-08-2013, 10:18 AM
 
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Most of the Generals and Admirals who go into politics after their military careers are moderates because they've seen first-hand the damage absolute idealism can inflict (on both sides of the spectrum). They also have a much more realistic and pragmatic approach to issues that break the oversimplified Left/Right view that serves no one other than the party leaders and their preferred special interests. Eisenhower is the prototype; Colin Powell also comes to mind. Unfortunately most bail out after a couple of years because they realize their POV and experiences are not welcomed or desired by entrenched interests.

That said, it will probably take 15 to 20 years for veterans of the GWOT to make their way up through local/state elections to national politics. The other place where war veterans will make their presence felt is in the federal bureaucracy, as they work their way up to senior leadership positions and make changes from within. They will replace the current crop of babyboom leaders who largely eschewed military services and are now retiring.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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And that affected either one's war record just HOW?

Neither one was an REMF.

And Joe Kennedy Jr may well have had a shot had he not been killed on a mission he volunteered for.
First, what is "REMF"?
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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First, what is "REMF"?
REMF = Rear Echelon Mother F*****
A REMF is pejorative term used by combat grunts to describe military personnel who occupied safe, administrative positions during a time of war. Typically anyone assigned to a headquarters is a REMF.
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