But presidents usually ignore the thousands who have died.
Kathy GilsinanThe death of an American contractor in Iraq after Christmas—and the dramatic aftermath as the US launched strikes partly in his name, which was Nawres Hamid—got me thinking about all the dead contractors the public never hears about. Around 8k & counting
For a policy that’s purportedly a pillar of the decades-old international order, military aid to Ukraine is pretty new.
Kathy Gilsinan@UriLF Amazing Obama remark to @JeffreyGoldberg resurfaced here: “The fact is that Ukraine, which is a non-NATO country, is going to be vulnerable to military domination by Russia no matter what we do.”
Retired senior military officers are growing more concerned that the Trump administration doesn’t want their advice—and they’re struggling with how much they can say publicly.
Kathy Gilsinan“Being apolitical is a critical element of civilian control of the military—an absolute in a democracy,” Joe Dunford tells my colleague @LeahFeiger. “The alternative is a military dictatorship.” Our piece on when generals speak out—or, mostly, don’t
Donald Trump has spent his presidency belittling and attacking career foreign-policy professionals. Now that he’s asking for their loyalty, they don’t seem to feel any.
Kathy Gilsinan"It doesn’t take a career Foreign Service officer to realize that if you spend enough time saying someone is your enemy, that person might begin to feel the same way about you.” @GrahamDavidA on the bureaucrats’ revenge