Exploring Leadership in the News with Steven Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti
The Afghanistan Challenge
Things in Afghanistan are not going well. Is that because the situation requires a different kind of military leadership, as suggested by the Pentagon's decision to install a new commanding general? Or is it because political leaders have been unable to articulate credible goals and a credible strategy? What would you do?
Posted by Ben Bradlee and Steve Pearlstein on August 24, 2009 11:52 AM
It is too late to repair the harm done to the Army by the mishandled removal of General David McKiernan, but the resulting debate may be a useful part of developing an effective strategy in Afghanistan.
Posted by Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.), on August 26, 2009 11:51 AM
With our focus on "good governance" and economic development, the fundamental question remains: How critical are the governance and development goals to our anti-Taliban efforts in Afghanistan---and how realistic?
Posted by Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr., on August 25, 2009 11:09 AM
Until and unless the leaders in the Obama Administration answer the question, 'What's the point?' the American people will not understand why sacrifices are being made on the ground and military leaders will be unable to mount an effective military campaign.
Posted by Alan M. Webber, on August 24, 2009 12:40 PM
The issue for the U.S. has less to do with military strategy and military leadership than with the problematic nature of waging a war half way around the world on terrain we may never be able to really secure.