- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big American general in Afghanistan got the heave-ho for shooting his mouth off about Karzai. Lots of questioning about why a guy is fired for telling the truth. The answer is, he should have known better. In World War II, if a general had said on the record to reporters what American officers really thought about Bernard Montgomery or the French, Ike would have put that general on the next plane home, probably busted to colonel and destined to run a bootcamp in a remote cypress swamp in Mississippi.