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His ego is overshadowed by his accomplishments.
am 16. März 1998
In the late 80's, working in the Washington DC area, I worked with some guys who had sneaked onto Subic Bay Naval Base with Red Cell; this was long before I knew what Red Cell was. They spoke about the goofy stuff they did, and crazy adventures they had (they were part of a civilian video crew that taped all Red Cell activities), and also about "Dick" and what a demanding SOB he was. But, they always had that edge of awe and challenge that made the stories more than the run-of-the-mill war stories you hear all over DC. Some have complained that Marcinko talks too much about himself, but then, this is a book of autobiography, not history or journalism. Marcinko has an big ego, no doubt, and he does trip over it occasionally, but following the "you will not fail" attitude he has always set for himself, and the leadership goals he strives to attain, demands oversized self-confidence. In his world, weakness is not facilitated, enabled, overcomered, or an excuse - it just kills you. And make no mistake, he does write up his own blunders and foulups as such. Would that more leaders in private, government, and military circles had this attitude.