Gen. Stanley McChrystal Assesses Afghanistan and Iraq
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and author of My Share of the Task: A Memoir, offers his assessment of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, neither of which he wants to call a victory, even agreeing that the invasion of Iraq may have been one of the biggest foreign policy mistakes in U.S. history. He is also a co-founder of the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm, and says the same skills are needed to get employees to follow your lead as to get soldiers to obey orders -- first and foremost, empathy, and knowing what matters to people at every level of the organization. McChrystal also offered support for the idea of a draft, saying that the armed forces should reflect the US population.