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Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Eaton
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Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton served more than 30 years in the United States Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia. As a major general he was assigned to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), where he designed, manned, trained and equipped the Iraqi armed forces for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the security forces for the Interior Ministry. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the Army’s Infantry Center and was Chief of Infantry for the Army. Eaton has appeared on a number of news and commentary programs including Face the Nation, Hardball and all major networks. During the 2008 campaign season, he advised candidates for both congressional and presidential campaigns. For the past five years, he served as a senior advisor to the National Security Network. Additionally, Eaton has recently participated with the Department of Energy in non-proliferation work. He holds a bachelor’s degree from West Point and a master’s in French Political Science from Middlebury College. He is married to PJ, has two sons and a daughter, all soldiers.

Entries by Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Eaton

Authorization to Use Military Force Against ISIS Is Too Broad

(13) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 3:12 PM

Even before the President laid out the language for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force, to be employed in the continuing efforts to combat ISIS, the debate in DC started to rage. Some wondered if we would be better served if we finally repealed the 2001 broad and...

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Ghailani Trial Gets It Right

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 5:03 PM

Last week, in a courtroom in New York City, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan handed down a life sentence without parole to Ahmed Ghailani, a conspirator in the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa and the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in civilian court. The...

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Two Speeches, Two Strategies

(29) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 11:18 AM

Eight years ago, on June 1, 2002, I sat in the bleachers at West Point's Michie Stadium as an active duty Major General and Chief of Infantry. I was there to see my youngest son graduate from the nation's oldest military academy and become an infantry lieutenant. President George W....

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Two-Party System at Risk

(1180) Comments | Posted April 9, 2010 | 5:01 PM

Columnist Michael Gerson writes in the Washington Post today, "The most basic test of democracy is not what people do when they win; it is what people do when they lose."

By that measure, our Republic and our two party system are at risk.

The parade of pundits...

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GOP vs. America's Armed Forces

(12) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 4:20 PM

Yesterday's outburst by Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter where he attacked the integrity of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen and Secretary of Defense Gates, was disappointing on several levels.

First, it is yet another indicator of how the GOP is distancing itself from America's Armed Forces....

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Breach of Discipline

(642) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 1:17 PM

Retired Colonel (Representative) Joe Wilson's conduct last night is a breach of military protocol and represents a further departure from the historic good order and discipline I expected, in the past, to see from the GOP, pre-conservative talk show entertainers. Recent GOP performers have proven embarrassing to the New Republican...

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