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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Thank You, But No Thank You

President Obama Praises General Who Scouffed At His Administration

As we reported last evening U.S. military bad boy, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan resigned over his remarks made about the Obama administration and civilian officials.

In an address today in the Rose Garden President Obama stated, "Mr. McChrystal's conduct does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general. It undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system. And it erodes the trust that’s necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan."

As such, President Obama accepted McChrystal's resignation earlier today, replacing the loose-lipped military top-brass with General David H. Petraeus.
 
The decision to accept the resignation was not an easy one for the president and he commended Petraeus on making a great personal sacrifice to himself and to his family for accepting his new post. "He is setting an extraordinary example of service and patriotism by assuming this difficult post."
 

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Amid McChrystal's scathing remarks, President Obama said "Stan McChrystal has always shown great courtesy and carried out my orders faithfully. I've got great admiration for him and for his long record of service in uniform."

Really?

Great courtesy, Mr. President?   You read his remarks about your administration.  Remember?  Those words (probably spoken in uniform) angered you, as relayed yesterday to the media by White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs.

But I do understand your being the bigger person in all this when you said, "...war is bigger than any one man or woman, whether a private, a general, or a president. And as difficult as it is to lose General McChrystal, I believe that it is the right decision for our national security."

McChrystal was summoned to Washington from Afghanistan to meet with the president. Those in opposition said the president could have accepted the General's resignation - from a distance.

William S. Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, spoke with talk radio's Joe Madison of The Joe Madison Show today, and voiced his opinion about President Obama’s decision to meet with General McChrystal.

Cohen stated that if it was up to him, and the decision was to fire McChrystal, he would not have summoned the General to the White House, but instead would have asked Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to make a phone call and say “thank you very much for your service, but it is no longer required.”

Whether from afar in Afghanistan, or here at home, Mr. McChrystal, your service is no longer required.

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