All too often, President Obama and those around him seem to have an attitude toward the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that they are basically irritants inherited from his idiot predecessor. In fact, for better or worse, Obama now owns both those wars, and his aides need to own up to that. In the aftermath of the McChrystal mess, Tom Donnelly offers some sober thinking on the proper relationship between the U.S. military and its civilian overseers: "The health of the relationship is not measured by the amount of ass-kicking, but the amount of talking."
While we are on the subject of life after McChrystal, the Ink Spots very generously comes to its senses regarding this blog and its author. I knew they just needed time.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.