The crisis in leadership is all about a lack of humility and moral courage. Mattis, who has both, felt compelled to resign. But the problems are pervasive at all levels.
Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc (Retired) is a former commander of Special Operations Command Africa. Through more than three decades of service, he received five Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, led 10 deployments, survived the "friendly fire" blast from a 2,000 pound bomb in Afghanistan, and also a helicopter crash. Since his retirement he has become a well known advocate for mental health counseling and treatment.
Talks need to have a plan and lead to a conclusion, but it’s far from clear the U.S. government has a clear idea what the goal should be, and how it should be reached. Some ideas.
A highly decorated Special Operations commander looks at much that has gone wrong in America's longest war, and what ought to be done to set things straight.