Me thinks you are taking this way to seriously.
Several people do, particularly when a few specific topics are broached.
Cuz, see, even though I hate my job with the fiery passion of a million supernovae, it's still MY job, not yours, and I will be god damned if I'm going to allow you to tell me how to do it.
Do not tell me what goes into it, period, and we'll get along fine. I'll tell you, and if you have further questions, you may ask.
I've got a few chums of my own who had stars on their shoulders - and blocks in their heads. I've never thought much of the brains or circumspection needed to attain stars, although I've been quite impressed with the lack of both present in all the ones I've worked with. And for.
Because the way it works is: we do all their work, their data collection, their data ANALYSIS [which is my specific job], then we tell them what's going on, and they decide what to do about it. They are in policy analysis, and by the time policy gets to be the major topic of discussion, the reality of the situation - the data - is largely mangled and manipulated and endlessly caveated and magnified and miniaturized, all according to the politic whims du jour. I haven't met a star yet who could answer "what's 2+2" and arrive at a positive integer >0 and <10.
And by the time it comes out the far side - or the back side, depending on your metaphorical image - of the political machine and hits the popular press, you can make money betting even odds that the "facts" cited are not, that the analysis provided is at best dishonest, and that the masses of people whose main familiarity with war and what goes into it is confined to a viewing of Saving Private Ryan, if not being solely limited to reruns of Hogan's Heroes, are more than willing to inform me what all I'm doing wrong - because a guy with a degree in journalism says so.
I drew that line in the sand in '99 during Kosovo. There's legitimate grounds for criticism of each and every war we've been involved in, and I'll help you construct one if you wish; but most of the popular criticism is not legitimate, and if you're willing to concede that you're an ignoramus about what MY job, and not yours, is all about, then I'll explain why they don't pass the sniff test.
Or you can flop your arms across your chest in a fit of ideological pique, and I'll simply take target practice. I don't care at this point.
Essentially, don't tell me things that are wrong, and you won't have to worry about me getting serious on you.
SIG: If you're going to create the drama, at least supply the popcorn.