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Archive: June 20, 2010 - June 26, 2010

Battle on the third front

In both Iraq and Afghanistan there is a third front -- Washington and interagency politics.

By Robert Goodwin | June 25, 2010; 4:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

No bailout in Afghanistan

General Petraeus must now be VERY clear on the mission and strategy - is it counterinsurgency, is it troop withdrawal by a certain date, is it leaving Afghan leadership with control of their own security?

By Lisa Larson | June 25, 2010; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

From 'Pretty Little Liars' to future women leaders?

Here's the message these TV shows send: As a young woman, your best bet is to conform socially, obsess about your body to the point of self loathing, and leverage rumor and hearsay as a means to damage others and gain power.

By Selena Rezvani | June 25, 2010; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (25)

The toughest decisions

In announcing his decision, President Obama underscored two vitally important principles of good management: the mission is always bigger than any one man or woman; and there is a profound difference between debate and division.

By Lisa Caputo | June 25, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (5)

Chipping away at our structural debt

Concrete actions rather than words or processes will be needed to restore the public's faith in government. The time to start is now!

By David Walker | June 25, 2010; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

A modern-day Gen. George McClellan

The Civil War General George McClellan was a true talent, and one might argue his was essential in building the Army of the Potomac. But he had no sense of place, and this got him sacked.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | June 24, 2010; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (6)

Treading on non-negotiables

Our founding fathers understood that a standing military represented a potential danger to liberty and therefore sought to minimize its power.

By George Reed | June 24, 2010; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

What matters now is Afghanistan

the president's action stems not from his dismissal of McChrystal but his appointment of General David Petraeus.

By D. Michael Lindsay | June 24, 2010; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (10)

Salvaging the mission

Fixing the mistake of a hopelessly incoherent strategy similar to but far more dangerous than Iraq, is impossible and Petraeus must know that.

By Warren Bennis | June 24, 2010; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Our broken strategy-making process

Stan was wrong and the president did what he had to do. However, unless and until we address the root cause, we will continue to lack strategic focus on the road to bankruptcy and failure.

By Gen. John Batiste (Ret.) | June 24, 2010; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (64)

The burden on Petraeus

In assuming his new position, General Petraeus must show the leadership that McChrystal failed to exhibit.

By Scott DeRue | June 24, 2010; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rebuilding 'Team America'

Such blatant hostility and disregard for their superiors endangers everyone. When respect for authority is absent more than egos are hurt - lives can be lost.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | June 24, 2010; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (7)

He had me at Pat Tillman

I thought that Gen. McChrystal's career ended with the Tillman investigation, and I was surprised to see his name appear as the new commander in Afghanistan.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | June 24, 2010; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (7)

Blinded by the lights

The problem is that in a world in which so many people are playing to the crowd, substituting buzz for substance, the temptations are hard to ignore.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer | June 24, 2010; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dissension in the ranks

The President as a leader needs to let his team know he will not tolerate selfish behavior that distracts from the important work at hand.

By Yash Gupta | June 24, 2010; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

A general destablized by Afghanistan

General McChrystal, a career military man and Army Ranger who is known to sleep just four hours, eat just one meal and run seven miles per day, excelled in the Iraq war. Yet something about the ambiguous nature of the Afghan struggle destabilized him.

By Amy Fraher | June 24, 2010; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (4)

Don't dismiss McChrystal's doubts

Why would a four-star general risk reprimand and dismissal in such an obvious way?

By Michael Maccoby | June 24, 2010; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

When the reason trumps the result

The generals must be held just as accountable as the privates. That is why President Obama's reasons were just as important as the result.

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | June 24, 2010; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

McChrystal should just be the start

Even tough-minded hombres like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush couldn't bring themselves to boot aides lacking discretion or competence - or both.

By Ken Adelman | June 24, 2010; 7:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

How to fire a superstar

Four-star generals, like CEOs, need to think highly of themselves but when that sense of self leads to a heightened sense of self-importance, hubris sets in.

By John Baldoni | June 24, 2010; 7:18 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Constitutional necessity

One need not go far - Iran, North Korea, Iraq in the days of Saddam Hussein -- to see the dangers of military rule.

By Kathryn Kolbert | June 23, 2010; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

A time and place for debate

General McChrystal should have known what to expect from making his disagreements as public comments

By Barry Posner | June 23, 2010; 4:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

An excellent replacement

What a tragedy this is to damage a long, distinguished career in a single media interview, and with Rolling Stone, no less!

By Bill George | June 23, 2010; 4:42 PM ET | Comments (2)

Transcript: Wendy Brandes on why fashion 'torments' women leaders

'It's hard for women to win because if you dress too fashionably people will complain about that, and if you dress too unfashionably people are going to complain about that too,' says fashion blogger Wendy Brandes.

By On Leadership video transcripts | June 23, 2010; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (4)

Let our neighbors starve?

Accommodation to the loudest voices and trying to convince them they are wrong would be irresponsible.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | June 23, 2010; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's opposable mind

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

By Howard Gardner | June 23, 2010; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Getting them back to work

Voters who are concerned about the economy simply want jobs so they can protect their families and enliven their communities.

By Kathryn Kolbert | June 22, 2010; 1:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

A simple three-step process

An educated public with different priorities than its own representative government starts to sound a little unconstitutional.

By West Point Cadets | June 22, 2010; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cutting to the bone doesn't help

It's the true leaders who can make a recalcitrant public understand that the short-term plan isn't always in the nation's best interests.

By Yash Gupta | June 22, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

No better than Greece

A true stimulus would be directed at the encouragement of long-term private employment.

By Slade Gorton | June 22, 2010; 3:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time for pragmatic political leadership

The question gets to the heart of what has enabled America to succeed: pragmatism over ideology. Such pragmatism requires political leaders who can both think for themselves as well as do the will of the people.

By John Baldoni | June 22, 2010; 3:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Create jobs and tax the rich

The issue is not the false dichotomy between voters looking for a deficit reduction versus fiscal stimulus.

By Warren Bennis | June 22, 2010; 3:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

We need manufacturing jobs, not social programs

Most Americans would much rather be part of a high-performing manufacturing team than be dependent on government social programs.

By Gen. John Batiste (Ret.) | June 22, 2010; 3:11 AM ET | Comments (36)

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