The Truth Shall Set You Free…It might piss you off first, but it will set you free.

McChrystal – What Were You Thinking? or A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 22, 2010

You know you screwed the pooch when John McCain (R-Arizona), Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut), and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) issued the following statement regarding General McChrystal’s comments in Rolling Stone:

“We have the highest respect for General McChrystal and honor his brave service and sacrifice to our nation.  General McChrystal’s comments, as reported in Rolling Stone, are inappropriate and inconsistent with the traditional relationship between Commander-in-Chief and the military.  The decision concerning General McChrystal’s future is a decision to be made by the President of the United States.”

It is beyond me how this man, a General, a well disciplined career military man could have not understood the ramifications of his Rolling Stone magazine interview where he manages to insult and degrade everybody.  Everybody is entitled to their own opinions, but as a General, as a leader one expects a certain amount of decorum.  This was not a BBQ in  your backyard, this was a long term series of interviews, which you knew would be published.  Are you incapable of controlling your impulses General? Are you incapable of controlling your staff?  Do you deserve to be called General?  Is this  your idea of leadership?   If one of your own troops had given a similar interview and shown a complete lack of respect for you, his leader, how would you respond?  In your distinguished career you have never heard of the rules of military conduct?  Are you trying to create a new standard of what is acceptable behavior from an officer?   In some countries General this would be grounds for execution.  I have to wonder if you did this all on purpose, but for what purpose?   You were allowed a pass one your comments in London, how many times should a senior office get a pass?  Is your ego so big that you have lose sight of the mission?  I come from a military family, I don’t care what you think or say on your own time, that is your business.  But when you grant an interview and show nothing but contempt and disrespect for the chain of command, I say you need to find a new job.  When your biggest endorser is Hamid Karzai – who invented the concept of corruption in  government  – it’s time for somebody who is a true soldier, a true military man to take over.

I think the unemployment rate should go up by one general.


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