There are some tremendously smart, thoughtful, serious officers in the army, and they are thinking carefully
about the work they're doing in Iraq. I don't agree with every word, here, but some of his insight into the institutional habits of the army is great. Even better is the fact that he's simply willing and able to think critically about the army -- and that he has a solid foundation of knowledge that helps him to do so. There's some exceptional talent in the officer corps, which is not always readily apparent.