- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Marine officer wrote to me about the situation with General Amos. "It’s near open insubordination," he told me. "He has lost control, and Ray Mabus either is clueless or doesn’t give a f*** about the soul of the Marine Corps." Some very rough stuff on Facebook about him, too. On the other hand, here are some heartfelt words of support for Amos.
Support him or not, General Amos does seem to me the most troubled commandant since P.X. Kelley back in the mid and late 1980s, with the Ollie North mess, the Marine embassy guards in Moscow scandal, and most of all, the Beirut barracks bombing. I just hope that they pick a good general to succeed him. But I am told there is little indication that either Mabus, or Amos and the yes men around him, is going in that direction.
In what appears to be related news, I am seeing smoke signals on the horizon west of I-95 indicating new troubles at the Basic School. Anyone wanna enlighten me on why the captains are so unhappy there, according to the recent survey on command climate? My e-mail address is right at the bottom of this link. You probably don’t wanna send the info from your office computer, OK?