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by jseliger
There's an interesting book by Tom Ricks, The Generals, that's also congruent with this article: Ricks points out that there's a distinct differences between incentives / consequences for front-line troops and generals. Since the Korean War, we've basically insulated generals from consequences for failure; they get fat paydays, admiration, and cushy consulting gigs after retirement regardless of performance. Which is not true for front-line troops. In other words, high-level commanders have no skin in the game:
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