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As Republicans head toward what could be a stalemated convention, they might recall how the party healed itself in 1952 in what was known as the "winter of discontent". The Republicans drafted a military leader, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as their presidential candidate.The Gen. James Mattis, a retired Marine who served as U.S. Central Command commander, has already been floated.Mattis is a blunt, plainspoken man who could rival Trump for impolitic comments. r Gen. Stanley McChrystal commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan and, before that, ran the deadly strike force known as the Joint Special Operations Command.That might not endear him to Republicans, but officers who served with Mullen say he had a rare ability to unite the military and represent it to the country. His manner is low-key and cannily reserved, a bit like that of Eisenhower, another officer with the knack for managing difficult personalities.r Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and at Centcom, is probably the most decorated officer of his generation. I tried to contact Mattis, McChrystal, Mullen, Petraeus and Rogers Monday.
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