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John Shalikashvili

How the Debacle in Aghanistan Disgraced its Cheerleaders

Jim Sleeper | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

The biggest obstacle to the strategy in Afghanistan wasn't American liberals' failure of nerve, as conservatives seldom pass up a chance to insist. The biggest obstacle was the delusion that Americans could do for Kabul and Kunduz what we refuse to do for New Orleans or Detroit.

If Only They Had Listened to Shali

Bob Walsh | Posted 10.02.2011 | World
Bob Walsh

I was having lunch in Seattle in mid-January, 2003, with my good friend General John Shalikashvili, former Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff....

In Ending DADT, America Comes Out of the Closet

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

If there's one lesson we should have learned in the debate over gay service, it's that "don't ask, don't tell" was never about military effectiveness. It was a moral and political abuse of power, propped up by a ban on speaking truth to that power.

Where the People Lead, the Leaders Will Follow

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Gallup brings good news. Across the political spectrum, a growing majority of Americans favor allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the military.

The Rush and Cheney Show Accelerates Military Desertion of the GOP

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

For decades, the conventional wisdom was that the Republican Party was the party of the military. However, as Republicans have abandoned ideals that make our military strong, big names now support Democrats.

For Gays in the Military, Obama's Good Intentions Not Enough

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Good intentions are no substitute for the change our service members are counting on, especially those who might like to be relieved from a third or fourth or fifth tour in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Stand by Your Word, Mr. President: End "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Firing 50 men and women who are fluent in Arabic solely because they are gay when we are fighting in the Arabic-speaking world? The mind boggles.

Baby Steps -- and Big Questions -- for General Colin Powell

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

In answering inquiries about the military's ban, General Powell has raised more questions than he has offered answers about where he stands on the issue of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."