I couldn't help but recall these words after General Petraeus reported to Congress , and the ads which ran in the NY Times and the editorials which have followed General Lee was and is the finest example of a Leader is and should be in my opinion......
"It appears we have appointed our worst generals to command forces,
and our most gifted and brilliant to edit newspapers.
In fact, I discovered by reading newspapers that these editor/geniuses
plainly saw all my strategic defects from the start,
yet failed to inform me until it was too late.
Accordingly, I am readily willing to yield my command
to these obviously superior intellects, and I will, in turn,
do my best for the cause by writing editorials - after the fact."
- Robert E. Lee, 1863