Archive: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009
"Values" issues like torture are important, but they attract divisive grandstanding and receive an outsized portion of media attention, especially when compared to tough challenges like health care or the environment, where nuance and innovation are required.
By Patricia McGinnis | May 15, 2009; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)
Having served in a variety of leadership roles in the U.S. Navy and in higher education, it's always been my policy after stepping down to offer advice to my successors privately and only when they ask for it.
By John R. Ryan | May 14, 2009; 1:48 PM ET | Comments (0)
President Bush understood the meaning of the inauguration ceremony -- a handing over to power -- and what that means for criticizing the next president. Apparently, Vice President Cheney did not.
By Joanne B. Ciulla | May 13, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (4)
Cheney is not the first ex-president or ex-vice president to be a vocal critic, but it might be wise for such ex-leaders to wait a year after leaving office before going public with their views.
By Slade Gorton | May 12, 2009; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (10)
Dick Cheney's conduct should be a reminder to leaders who've stepped down from office, whether in the public or private sector, that they owe their successor the decency of support, and if not support, then silence.
By Alan M. Webber | May 12, 2009; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (14)
Dick Cheney continues to speak on public matters, like his predecessors Al Gore or Jimmy Carter. When one's term ends, that person's brain does not dissolve and one's experiences do not suddenly become irrelevant.
By Mickey Edwards | May 12, 2009; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (5)
Evaluating Cheney's behavior of giving his opinion hinges upon one critical question: Whether Cheney's opinion is right or wrong.
By Ken Adelman | May 12, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (5)
In retirement military figures never really escape the obligation for restraint in their public commentary.
By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | May 12, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (2)
The "rules of comity" in both the public and private sector dictate that ex-leaders keep criticism to themselves, but certain exceptions apply, and a question of national security might be one of them.
By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | May 12, 2009; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (9)
To criticize your successor in public is to deny him the opportunity to do his job as he sees fit. It also comes across as sour grapes.
By Yash Gupta | May 12, 2009; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (13)
Richard Nixon made the transition from pariah to statesman, but it took time, patience, and a healthy absence and abstinence from the fray to launder himself.
By Marty Linsky | May 12, 2009; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)
"Formers" can be very useful if they are trusted by both parties and are seen as men and women of good will, interested in the common good.
By Warren Bennis | May 12, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)
Former Vice President Cheney should learn from generations of military officers who understand that once you leave command, you serve as a silent advisor, only providing input when it's requested from the new leader.
By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | May 12, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (8)
Former leaders should step aside gracefully, offering both advice and criticism on a private basis when requested by their successors.
By Kurt Schmoke | May 12, 2009; 7:13 AM ET | Comments (0)
The real issue is whether in expressing his disagreement with the Obama administration, Mr. Cheney also expresses respect for our democratic process, for the American people and the electoral decision they made.
By Bob Schoultz | May 12, 2009; 7:08 AM ET | Comments (2)
Cheney's insistence on reviewing memos he claims will prove that "enhanced interrogation techniques" like waterboarding saved thousands of American lives may not be wise for the country and even for his political purposes.
By Michael Maccoby | May 12, 2009; 7:02 AM ET | Comments (1)
That former leaders are entitled to free speech reflects positively on our national values; that Dick Cheney condemns respect for human rights reflects negatively on his.
By Prudence Bushnell | May 12, 2009; 6:58 AM ET | Comments (3)
When former leaders let personal considerations overwhelm or substitute for the strategic is a demonstration of failed leadership. In most cases if you have something to say--say it thoughtfully, strategically, and privately.
By Andy Stern | May 12, 2009; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (0)
When we leave, we leave. We close the door. Period.
By Frances Hesselbein | May 11, 2009; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (1)
I find it hard to believe that any knowledgeable person, of any political persuasion, would approve of the way that former Vice President Cheney has conducted himself in recent months.
By Howard Gardner | May 11, 2009; 4:01 PM ET | Comments (1)
My guess that, in most cases, when a former incumbent puts down a successor the main motivation is ego - not altruism. Former leaders should "get a new life" and try to help the world be a better place.
By Marshall Goldsmith | May 11, 2009; 1:02 PM ET | Comments (0)