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Monday, October 05, 2009

McCrystal, General! Should Obama Rein In A Potential Rogue Warrior?

After General McChrystal's apparent defying speech given in London this past week in which, in my opinion, he publicly challenged Vice-President Biden's proposed plan to use missiles and drones and less troops-with primary focus on Al Qaeda instead of waging war against the Taliban- I am convinced the general was in a defiant mood. However, he has apparently overlooked one significant and principal fact:The Constitution of the USA,which places civilian control over the military. Meaning,simply, that the general works for President Obama, Vice-president Biden, and under the direct management of the secretary of defense, Secretary Gates.

The generals' defiance is somewhat reminiscent of the Truman and McArthur feud during World War II in which General McArthur became so uncontrollable by openly defying a direct order from the President that as a consequence, President Truman summarily and rightly fired the general by relieving him of his command in the Pacific and hasting his return to the motherland, USA.

If McChrystal continues in the same vain, President Obama just may have to do a Truman on him, unequivocally. Providing of course Obama has the backbone to demonstrate not only to McChrystal that he is in charge, but to the US Armed Forces as a whole. And to exhibit to the American people as well as the entire world that he has intestinal fortitude to do the job he is charged with, coupled with showing that he demands loyalty from his military leaders-irregardless of the number of decorations worn on their chest or the number of stars shinning on their shoulders. Such a strong and explicit demonstration is even more so important since Obama does not have a military background; which in the eyes of military leadership would carry more weight regardless of the clear mandate of the Constitution. You Decide.


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