Sunday, December 25, 2005

The Belmont Club on tomorrow's leaders

Belmont Club quoting Robert Kaplan in today's LA Times. And please note the Hispanic names when you see the troops on TV. Our first Hispanic SecState is out there right now serving with them. Probably our first Hispanic President too.
The Belmont Club: But he'll remember, with advantages ...: "If you want to meet the future political leaders of the United States, go to Iraq. I am not referring to the generals, or even the colonels. I mean the junior officers and enlistees in their 20s and 30s. In the decades ahead, they will represent something uncommon in U.S. military history: war veterans with practical experience in democratic governance, learned under the most challenging of conditions. For several weeks, I observed these young officers working behind the scenes to organize the election in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. ... Throughout Iraq, young Army and Marine captains have become veritable mayors of micro-regions, meeting with local sheiks, setting up waste-removal programs to employ young men, dealing with complaints about cuts in electricity and so on. They have learned to arbitrate tribal politics, to speak articulately and to sit through endless speeches without losing patience."

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