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    I've read that there has long been a divide between the officers and non-officers in the US military.   It may be that the Republican activists in question think that a general like Dempsey is effete and out of touch with the actual fighting.

    Plus Special Forces are not exactly known for kowtowing to higher-ups.

    So we'll see.   The chastisement may work, or it may not.  

    The good thing is, it doesn't have to work to be of benefit.    The voting public does not share the prejudices and biases, so they will see a man in authority telling retirees they don't know what they're talking about.

    That does matter.  And it might help curtail some of the griping by actual men and women in uniform.

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