Pace’s extravagant farewell ceremony.

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank looks at yesterday’s farewell ceremony for outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace:

They brought the full array of military hardware to Fort Myer for Gen. Peter Pace’s sendoff yesterday as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: four fighter jets, four ceremonial howitzers, five honor guards, two brass bands, three metal detectors and eight Porta Potties. […]

After Gen. Tommy Franks, CIA chief George Tenet and Iraq viceroy Jerry Bremer botched the early part of the Iraq war, Bush honored them with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Likewise, Pace, on his way out the door, got a “Full Honor Review,” with Sousa marches, medals, flowers and flyovers.

Pace could have chosen a simpler ceremony, but he declined neither bell nor whistle.