VON HOFFMAN AWARD NOMINEE

“‘If you can’t be like bin Laden,’ one Army critic told me, ‘you’re in trouble.’ Another critic said the Rangers are a sledgehammer when a dagger is needed. Shortcomings in Afghanistan cannot be laid at the feet of one general. Hostility to special operations has deepened over 20 years. Expertise in unconventional warfare has not been the track to rapid promotion. The nation’s senior general officers were unprepared on Sept. 11 to fight the Taliban, and there is no sign that they are ready today.” – Robert Novak, “Unprepared for Afghanistan,” November 12.