Jun 23, 2010
The Run Away General Didn't Run Away, He Was Fired
Considering how much criticism Obama has received concerning his leadership in almost every aspect of his Presidency, you knew he would have to fire Gen Stanley McChrystal in hopes of turning that image around. And after serving 26 years in the US Navy I understand the importance of establishing respect amongst military personnel for our country’s elected civilian leadership. I don’t believe, however that McChrystal needed to be fired from his position at this critical time in the War in Afganistan unless there was evidence he did not support the Presidents policy, and aside from some grumbling at the beginning of his relationship with Obama it seems to me he has been supporting him.
I read the Rolling Stone article and the most serious revelations are the perception from McChrystal's staff of incompetence and ineptitude with a number of State Department officials along with special envoy Richard Holbrook, the national Security Advisor-General Jones who they portrayed as a clown, and Vice President Biden who everyone knows is a complete buffoon.
But McChrystal comes across as a soldier's soldier completely dedicated and qualified for the job. By the way General Petraeus who was McCrystal’s Boss as head of the Central command has actually been demoted to relieve him, so the big question it seems to me at the moment is who is going to take his place at the Central Command unless he is going to wear two hats as they say in Military parlance which I wouldn't think would be likely. Although I am not a fan of Rolling Stone Magazine I thought the Run Away General was an excellent article, even if his staff should have been taken to the woodshed for letting him have axis to the General and themselves like that, as soon as the General found out about the plan. Perhaps that is where the real story lies and how that ever came to pass and if someone had it in for McChrystal.