President Bush says the generals, not the politicians, should be running the war in Iraq, but the generals are doing a terrible job. That's according to a highly-respected Lieutenant Colonel on active duty, who's written a scathing attack on what he calls "a crisis in American generals." Lt. Colonel Paul Yingling was praised by President Bush last year for securing the Iraqi city of Tall Afar, and his success provided the model for the security plan in Baghdad. Paul Yingling has attended the Army's top training schools and written for its top journals. The latest Armed Forces Journal published his blistering critique under the title, "A Failure in Generalship." Should the senior officers be held to account for failing to anticipate the insurgency and not sending enough troops? Are they repeating the mistakes of Vietnam? Are the wrong people being promoted to the highest military positions?
Thomas Ricks, Center for a New American Security
Robert Gard, Jr, Chairman, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Everett Dolman, Professor of Comparative Military Studies at the US Airforce School of Advanced Air/Space Sutides
Stephen Biddle, George Washington University / Council on Foreign Relations (@ElliottSchoolGW)