Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez has been bypassed for the top Afghanistan job and instead will take an unmatched level of experience in the country with him when he leaves for a stateside post. Despite being lauded as a savvy commander, he is seen as a so-so salesman, a skill considered vital in Washington as support for the war has plunged.
April 7, 2011U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, right, talks with Lt. Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi of the Afghan National Army over a map at the Ministry of Defense in Kabul.Kamran Jebreili/For The Washington Post
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.