Is It Just Gen. McChrystal? Or.....
June 22nd 2010 21:42
These are difficult times for our country and it seems the difficulties are swiftly adding up – sometimes from the least expected sources. We would expect difficult statements and publicly given opinions coming from foreign military leaders, but this time we are hearing from our own Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal. Much has been made of President Obama’s angry reaction to McChrystal’s negative comments, but a number of conservative leaders are reacting in a similar fashion.
While it is understandable McChrystal may have concerns and issues as the front man on the war in Afghanistan, most men in his position would act with greater dignity and respect toward their fellow leaders. If they had differences, they would deal with them in a far more discreet manner than did McChrystal. He made very critical comments in a Rolling Stone article toward Vice President Biden, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry and other top Obama administration officials.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that McChrystal "made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment." Concerning the final decision of Obama concerning McChrystal, John McCain said, "It's the president's decision." When questioned about the counterinsurgency strategy and whether or not its success was dependent upon McChrystal, McCain said, "I would think so, sure, yeah, it was General Patraeus who wrote it."
In a joint statement released by McCain's office along with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) who were the Senate's three biggest supporters of the McChrystal strategy in Afghanistan, called the general's actions "inappropriate and inconsistent with the traditional relationship between Commander-in-Chief and the military."
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), had a fair and balanced response, saying, "I'm going to give him the opportunity to try to clarify what he said or explain what he said before making any comment. ... Obviously I think it's fair to hear from him what his side of the story is, then, we can judge what's right or wrong.”
The difficulties our great country is facing transcend political labels and partisan loyalties. These are not Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, or left-right issues for the most part – they are American issues. For far too long, people have been so concerned about what the other person is doing or saying, that we have lost sight of what we as individuals are doing or saying. What we see happening “to” and “in” America may have as much to do with you and I, as it does anyone else. It is an idea worth some personal introspection.
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