General Stanley McChrystal needs to decide whether or not he wants to run for president.

Once he figures that out, he needs to pack his bags.

There are a number of ways built into military protocol that a general can express his displeasure with the ideas the White House has.

But at the end of the day, after all the advice has been given and all the scenarios have been hashed out, America expects its commander-in-chief to be the lead dog on any direction our armed forces take.

Period.

Generals are a dime a dozen. Ask Fmr General Schwarzkopf, or Fmr General Powell. One of the good things about our military is it is designed to operate at a high casualty rate, not only on the field but in the top brass as well.

All I've been thinking about is Al Haig ever since McChrystal began playing rogue general for the media.

If you were the chairman of a major company, and you saw your chief financial officer on CNBC telling their interviewer that they didn't agree with the direction of some of the corporate policies you had put in place, your chief financial officer would be gone by nightfall.

S. and I went to a backyard ceremony for a neighbor's daughter last Saturday. The groom was a soldier, a young guy in his mid twenties who looked just like a young movie star Ronald Reagan with a crew cut. A tank commander, he was chiseled and lean from spending long hours sweating inside the tank's hot interior in Iraq. The groom stared straight into my eyes and said "I'll do whatever the American people ask me to do" without reservation, a statement I heard him repeat numerous times to other guests as he made his way around the room.

Maybe the general needs to spend more time with his troops, and less with the press.

These soldier's families understand what it is they have signed on to serve, but they don't want their loved ones in harm's way a moment longer than is absolutely necessary.

And they certainly don't want their commander in Afghanistan playing chicken with the commander-in-chief while their child's life hangs in the balance.




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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe Obama should listen to his top Generals

Anonymous said...

I agree with your assessment.

The military needs to remain an apolitical entity, and any breach of that should be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Peace.
Rick Beagle

datadog said...

Wonder how you would feel if you or your son or daughter were over there outside the green zone. Come on America support our troops.

Anonymous said...

datadog,

As a vet, I wholeheartedly support the military and take their safety very seriously. And to that end, having a general politicize the war in our current environment only insures more wasted lives. Politicians only pay lip service to the dead, and McChrystal's efforts need to be shut down ASAP.

Fire the General and get some one in there who is more focused on the war and less on making a sound bite for the pundits.

Peace.
Rick Beagle

datadog said...

Anonymous he picked the guy himself and in reality they need more than what they expressed. That means even with the troop levels they requested they will be in more danger than if we gave the real warriors what they say they needed. While the politicians weigh the + and -'s our Americans are dying. Is it not enough that Dems are destroying our economy they have to let our brave soldiers wait in a bulls eye while they Decide.

Anonymous said...

datadog,

you do realize that these wars and our economic troubles happened under republicans right? perhaps you should let some time pass and hope that we all forget before you utter partisan nonsense that -anyone with a memory that goes back at least a year- will recognize as a blatant lie.

Peace.
Rick Beagle

datadog said...

Anonymous get a clue the holy war against any non-muslem has been on for years. It would not matter who started what. If you read the book they worship it tells them to make us submit or die. Any other religions doing that out there? Oh and all this massive spending ain't the neocons. 2010 will be real interesting.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous get a clue the holy war against any non-muslem has been on for years."

Wow.

Unplug from Fox and read a freaking history book. Even better, why don't you read the Koran?

The Koran is as much a call to war as is the Bible, which it isn't.

As for all this spending, get a book on economics ideas surrounding the Great Depression. And for that matter, why don't you go look at zfact.com and take a gander at deficit spending over the last thirty years? You do know how much those tax breaks for the wealthy cost us right? You realize we had to borrow money from the Chinese to give those tax breaks?

Again, before you utter another partisan piece of bs, do a little research and thought before you type. Because, I have no problem telling which of your views are inane, without substance, and complete and utter fiction.

Peace.
Rick Beagle

datadog said...

Rick you have not read the same Koran as I have. Do you notice how you have to name call and come at me from a arrogant attitude, that's your ego dealing with the truth. Might need some therapy time Rick. So Jihad is not in the Koran. And all the the people calling for Muslim law and blowing people up they don't follow the Koran. I really haven't hear of any Christians or Jews, or East Indians blowing up people. May you could enlighten me with these famous facts. Peace and Blessings, for real, not just words to me.

datadog said...

Rick said, As for all this spending, get a book on economics ideas surrounding the Great Depression. And for that matter, why don't you go look at zfact.com and take a gander at deficit spending over the last thirty years? You do know how much those tax breaks for the wealthy cost us right? You realize we had to borrow money from the Chinese to give those tax breaks?
Bush and his administration were horrible about spending. But in this environment with no Jobs and tax revenues at the lowest in 30 years, the Dems are raising taxes. The spending the left is doing is hurting the economic state of the country. No body wants to hire right now, because of new taxes and regulations. Between the Feds and States governments all they did was raise the price of doing business. Which means there will be less of it. Please show me historical facts that show taxes help a downed economy. I have found no evidence that show taxes stimulate business and jobs, in this country or any other. Growing government create services that are very low quality and have a high potential for fraud. Oh! would you thank your Queen lib speaker of the house for spending 220 million on luxury jets for congress family vacations. And the pay raises for congress and the increased expenses account. When people are struggling to feed their families and keep their houses, they raise our taxes and give themselves a pay raise. I'm sure you think they are right in all these things. 2010 it comes to and end.

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