Army Col. Lawrence Sellin, a Green Beret, fired after griping online about PowerPoint – New York Daily News
“I had added no value to the war effort,” the Special Forces officer and native of Saddle Brook, N.J., lamented after getting booted out of Afghanistan.
Sellin’s critique of a top-heavy military bureaucracy in Afghanistan adds another chapter to the never-ending debate on how to fight America’s longest war, just as Bob Woodward‘s new book, “Obama’s Wars,” chronicles the policy struggles in Washington.
Sellin, who did combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, was sent packing three months into his job as chief of current operations for NATO‘s International Joint Command in Kabul’s airport.
He was ordered home after penning a snarky poke at PowerPoint briefings for “cognitively-challenged generals” running NATO’s “bloated” command, where “you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a colonel.”
While that might have been career suicide for the Army Reservist, he unexpectedly became a hero in the ranks for standing up to bureaucratic inertia – which he fears will cost G.I.s’ lives.
Sellin told the Daily News the upper echelons are overly concerned with font sizes and bullet points in a bureaucratic stalemate that will “likely prolong the war effort and create more casualties.”
“Failures at that command level can have serious consequences for the ordinary soldier,” Sellin said….