- Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling says candidates should be carefully evaluated on character, presence and intellect
- Hertling: Do we as a nation trust this leader to do the right thing, for all people, in the toughest of situations?
- A real leader's presence shows confidence, but does not reflect arrogance, hubris or cockiness, he says
Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, former Commander of US Army Europe and 7th Army, served for more than 37 years and spent more than three years in combat. He is a CNN military analyst and the author of "Growing Physician Leaders." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)As a military analyst, I've often been asked to comment on various candidates -- Democrats and Republicans -- when they state their view on a particular national security or military affairs issue.