June 23, 2010

The President Chose the Correct Course

As I blogged yesterday, any President cannot let stand the remarks made by a general [McChrystal in this instance] and his top aides as reported in Rolling Stone magazine. Whatever a magazine's sentiment, anti or pro war/policy in Afghanistan, personal derogatory remarks published and not rebutted as false cannot be allowed to stand by a Commander-in-Chief.

The response to this episode should be professional by people in active or retired military status whether they agree with TeamObama's politics or not. We cannot allow the bedrock Constitutional principle of civilian control of our military erode regardless of our political leanings.

The President acted properly and his statement is correct:

"I don’t make this decision based on any difference in policy with Gen. McChrystal, as we are in full agreement about our strategy. Nor do I make this decision out of any sense of personal insult. The conduct represented in the recently published article 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 ourdemocratic system and it erodes the trust that is necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan."
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