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Boy on the BridgeThe Story of John Shalikashvili's American Success$
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Andrew Marble

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178028

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178028.001.0001

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Getting to Yes

Getting to Yes

August 11, 1993—Washington, D.C.

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Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

Set at the White House on August 11, 1993, the chapter reviews the Clinton administration and Pentagon’s decision-making in the days leading up to the August 11 Rose Garden ceremony to nominate General John Shalikashvili, the current Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It provides an overview of the candidate pool, explains why Shalikashvili was the preferred candidate, and provides an insider’s account of how Shalikashvili repeatedly told Chairman Colin Powell, Secretary of Defense Les Aspin, and even President William J. Clinton that he didn’t want the job because he’d serve the country better by remaining at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The chapter also highlights some of Shalikashvili’s leadership successes as SACEUR, including establishing NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and getting NATO to approve airstrikes in Bosnia.

Keywords:   William J. Clinton, Les Aspin, John Shalikashvili, Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, nomination, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, Bosnia airstrikes

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