Some things in our world are really not that complex. This is one of them.
McChrystal made a major error in judgment. He must go. Suspect that his successor will be a lot more conscious of appropriate protocol.....
Yep. His ass is gone and rightfully so. What in the world was he thinking?
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Fire him. Clearly mcchrystal doesn't believe in his strat and he's trying to bail out by making obvious statements that will remove him from his position. Further the US needs to cut military spending.. that is all.
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That is dangerous. I think the line drawn is the correct one.
That said, the article was a fascinating peek behind the scenes of the highest level of military & civilian leadership dealing with crisis, and contrasting it to the men in the trenches.
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Well - shock to all - I don't agree with this whole issue.
If Obama can say and do all that he's said and done then McChrystal should be able to voice his opinion. Yeah, sure, it was fool hearty - but still within his rights.
They hired him on to do a job and then blocked him from doing that job - and now have turned completely against him simply because they're not in the same boat.
Obama's a hypocritical bitch. At least McChrystal's capable of being honest! It's not like he divulged top-secret information, honestly. . . what's the phrase? "No harm, no foul"
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
While I think it's a terrible shame, I think he must resign. I don't think it will be easy to replace him, he enjoys a great rapport with his troops and with the Afghanistan government. Unfortunately, criticizing your boss when you are in the military is much more serious than in the civilian world.
This incident reminds of something I read posted here (somewhere) about how much better President Obama is at listening to his Generals regarding what they are expert at, than was President Bush. If that were true, would the number one guy in Afghanistan be criticizing his boss?
I think he was really frustrated.... Remember this is the man who told Obama he needed more troops, only to have Obama fiddle with the decision for what 11 months before he gave him a fraction of the troops requested?
This is also the man who has a CiC who won't use the words "war on terror" "victory" "terrorists" etc.
Instead we have "overseas contingency operations" and "man caused disasters"....
The real tragedy of this story is not the Generals speaking out of school on the President, but the fact that people aren't talking about the rest of the article.
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.