Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Perception and Reality 

If true, here is a case where perception trumped reality. The Navy admiral in charge of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan resigned because of press reports that he disagrees with the White House over what to do about Iran. The story probably is more complicated than what is reported, but the admiral realized he wasn't going to win against prevailing perceptions, so he left. That is not always the best thing to do. Sometimes, one should ride the tempest.

On the other hand, here is a leader who should have stepped down immediately but apparently is using his resignation as a bargaining chip to avoid prosecution. Reality has made perception of him worse.

If there is honor, the admiral has shown it and the governor of New York hasn't.


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