At times, waging PLMCC can be nearly as dangerous for admirals and generals as waging war. Take the line between civilian and military control. Crossing that boundary is not unlike entering a minefield or no-man's land in war. And in this country, not since Douglas McArthur has a four-star general crossed that line. That is not the case in Britain.
In October, General Sir Richard Dannatt, Chief of the British General Staff (equivalent to the U.S. Army Chief of Staff), pushed these boundaries to the limit. In an interview with London's Daily Mail, which trumpeted the story with a headline announcing that a general said Britain "to quit" Iraq. Sir Richard created a political firestorm. The next day, he was pressed by the media to clarify or confirm his comments. He backed off slightly, but largely stood his ground. Several ministers called for his resignation.