Even The L.A. Times is incredulous at how smug and smart-ass the dubious Barbara Boxer was with Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh:
California Sen. Barbara Boxer was chairing a hearing of her Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, examining what in blazes is taking the Army Corps of Engineers so long to properly protect a Louisiana city that sits below sea level from the sea. Good luck with that still. Again.
Boxer was getting a little exasperated, head dramatically on hand and all. As the proper sign of military respect for a female, Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh was answering “Yes, ma’am” and “No, ma’am.”
And finally, the ma’am had had enough. “Could you say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am’? It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title.” No, really. Watch for yourself. She actually said that. A different attitude than on Memorial Day.
Truth be told, even on Capitol Hill, Walsh has taken a few years of service to his country to earn those general stars too. But Boxer did not deign to call him general. Nor did she bother with a please. Of course, the general complied with the Democrat’s wishes immediately without complaint.
Next year, Boxer is up for reelection back home. We’ll see if Babs gets to keep that title.
Brigadier General Michael Walsh assumed command of the Mississippi Valley Division, Vicksburg, Miss., February 20, 2008. He also serves as President-designee of the Mississippi River Commission. General Walsh came to MVD from Baghdad, Iraq, where he was the Commander for the Corps’ Gulf Region Division.
As MVD Commander, Walsh is responsible for a $7.5 billion civil works program. In addition, he plays a vital role in managing the Corps water resources program in the Mississippi River Valley. The boundaries of the Mississippi Valley Division extend from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, include portions of 12 states, and encompass 370,000 square miles. The programs and activities overseen by the MVD and MRC are conducted by six district offices located in St. Paul, Minn., Rock Island, Ill., St. Louis, Mo., Memphis, Tenn., Vicksburg, Miss., and New Orleans, La. He also serves as Commander of Task Force Hope. TF Hope is the designation given to the Corps’ effort in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s national response plan to Hurricane Katrina. Engaging more than 3,800 personnel at its peak, TF Hope was among the largest disaster recovery operations in the history of the Corps of Engineers.
Previous assignments include: Commander of the Corps’ South Atlantic Division, Atlanta, Ga., from June 2004 to September 2006, Chief of Staff at Corps headquarters, Washington, D.C., from May 2003 to June 2004, Executive Director of Civil Works at Corps headquarters, Washington, D.C., from August 2001 to May 2003, District Commander of the Corps’ Sacramento District, Sacramento, Calif., from 1998 to 2001, and District Commander of the Corps’ San Francisco District, San Francisco, Calif., from 1994 to 1996.
Brig. Gen. Walsh has held a wide variety of Army command and staff assignments, to include: project management officer for Engineer Branch, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE); Environmental Task Force Leader, Fort Stewart, Ga.; Executive Officer, 92nd Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga., and Saudi Arabia; Project Engineer and Assistant Area Engineer, Baltimore District; Construction Officer, 18th Engineer Brigade, Darmstadt, Germany; and Commander, Company B, 94th Engineer Battalion, Darmstadt, Germany.
Brig. Gen. Walsh graduated from Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He also earned a Master’s degree in construction management from the University of Florida. His military education includes the Engineer Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.
For the record, he’s also completing his Ph.D. I know that because it’s a requirement for all general officers to complete their PhD level degrees within 2 years of promotion. See a general, see a doctorate — it’s a given.
That woman’s “experience:”
BA, Economics, Brooklyn College, 1962.
Professional Experience: (Note, when you add it up, she has worked outside of politics for seven whole years…. if you count her time as a congressional aide as non-political work.)
Congressional Aide, 1974-1976
Journalist/Associate Editor, Pacific Sun Newspaper, 1972-1974
Stockbroker/Economic Researcher, Wall Street Securities Firm, 1962-1965.
Senator, United States Senate, 1993-present
Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1983-1992
Member, President, Marin County Board of Supervisors, 1977-1983
Chief Deputy Majority Whip, United States Senate.
Oh yeah, I’m sure impressed. Some baby-kisser’s B.A. beats a Ph.D. any day. (Or Master’s degree, if you prefer.)
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. The U.S. military gains nothing by keeping military bases in the constituencies of military-haters like Boxer. Why the Navy continues to home-port in her hometown of San Francisco is beyond me.
And why the imbecile voters of California continue to re-elect her is stupidity defined.