Fire McChrystal

President Obama must fire General McChrystal and prosecute him for gross insubordination and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. Even if McCrystal has valid grounds for objecting to the President’s war strategy, the way he went about is was utterly wrong. Every officer knows that when you need to “drop the big one” in a critical dispute with the civilian leadership of the military, you resign your commission. You don’t pop off to the press and ridicule your Commander-in-Chief while whining like a brat. You never even hint at challenging the centuries-old principle of civilian control of the U.S. military.
President Obama, drop the hammer on this disgrace of a General. Relieve him, prosecute him, and replace him. You have my support.

1:30 PM Update: McChrystal’s out, Petraeus is in. Good call.

  1. General Stanley McChrystal’s uncomplimentary critique of some of the Obama administration’s top functionaries has given the president a extreme decision: omit remarks that come close to insubordination, or fire his lead commander at a important moment in Afghanistan. I would not want to be in Obama’s situation right now, even if these two men are gathering now to discuss it through. Quite foolish to announce public lousy comments about your superior like that though.

  2. McChrystal put his troops and his chain of command in a lose/lose situation. Judging from the buzz online, it sounds like he has a habit of whizzing in people’s cornflakes. I guess the people that know him well aren’t too surprised.

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