- 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.
The top two guys at the DIA got defenestrated. I hope it wasn’t because they had me over to visit earlier this week. General Flynn will be missed. I suspect he was too innovative a thinker for the DIA, which has sat out much of the game for the last 10 years. Sometimes I think there should be a bureaucratic epitaph: "Done in by the Deadwood."
Meanwhile, Col. Patrick Hynes of the 82nd Airborne‘s 2nd Brigade Combat Team got the big heave-ho from the division commander. Reason given was the same old obscure loss of confidence in his ability to command. I hope it was for professional incompetence and not personal misbehavior. Neither one is good, but the Army should have no place for mediocre leaders who meet personal standards.
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.| Daniel W. Drezner |