Skip to comments.McCain Did the Same Thing As McChrsytal
Posted on 06/27/2010 11:57:18 PM PDT by Brown Deer
MR. GREGORY: Did the president do the right thing?
SEN. McCAIN: Yes, he did, and he took the appropriate steps, in my view. I would like to say, in General McChrystal's behalf, that he played a key role in Iraq in the efforts against al-Qaeda. A lot of this is not known and will--may never be known. But General McChrystal did a great job there. The president took appropriate action, and we wish General McChrystal well in the future.
SEN. McCAIN: First of all, there's no excuse for it, OK? There's no excuse for it. But part of it, some of it was frustration. Part of it was a group of officers who find themselves with a night off which they did not expect, having been working 24/7 in Kabul. They went out in a social environment. And I must tell you that as a young Navy pilot that on occasion at happy hour some things were said about our commanding officer that maybe we wouldn't want to be held responsible for. But that does not excuse anything. But it certainly maybe understands the--makes people understand the circumstances a little better. But, overall, you just, you just can't do those things, and we expect our officer corps to have the maturity to realize that.
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Well there is actually a big difference. John McCain is a Senator, and holds no current military position. McChrystal is a general. If you are in the military, you aren’t exactly as free to say what you want, especially about a senior officer. McCain say the dumbest things imaginable, and it amounts to nothing. Not the same for someone in the military, whether a private or a general.
Discretion in front of the press was his point.
I can fantasize what would have been said to Zer0's face if McChrystal could have been summoned instead to a Beer Summit. I could imagine the salty language and an arm wrestling match. Zer0 would have learned more than what was written in anyRolling Stone Magazine. For a president who is mostly learning on the job, this would have been a time of frank talk and a teaching moment from one of his best generals.
Too bad that Zer0 is just Zer0, Zip, Nada. The only thing he will ever learn is what was drilled into him from his communist mentors from his earliest years. Too bad that this country's greatness hangs on the outcome of a wrestling match between Rolling Stone Magazine and a Beer Summit.
Now the Gen was totally crazy to trust any reporter. We all know that.
Make no mistake that in war/combat zone some ripe words are said. Officers are often four letters as I still like a few Ret NCO’s to call me whatever they want. Humor is needed in a combat area. There is not a man who ever served in combat who cannot recall some funny events that were a riot then.
McCrystal is a liberal who voted for OBOZO and probably felt safe with a Rolling Stone reporter.
He threw out Yon because Yon is the most knowledgeable mil reporter, because McCrystal and company wanted a uneducated, ignorant reporter from a fluff magazine more noted for it’s glossy covers and photos......and kept the Rolling Stones reporter around for weeks!
What a maroon.
And husband, student and Senator.
So, he’s consistent.
If McCain’s comments were broadcast outside of that barroom, you better believe he would be reprimanded. The further and wider the broadcast, the more he would have been reprimanded.
It’s never ok to trash your superior while you wear the uniform, but the bigger and wider the audience, the more you will be held accountable. And the higher your rank, the more you will be held accountable.
A couple of privates complaining outloud to each other about their seargent while cleaning the latrines will be told to shut up and get back to work.
The seargent moaning about his captain in the bar will be called in and asked if he remembers the military code.
The general who consistantly complains about his superiors in front of an imbedded reporter for an entertainment magazine will be removed from his position.
It’s that simple.
Conclusion: He was a lousy aviator.
- Who held the major league record for the most home runs given up as a pitcher until this year?
- Robin Roberts, ace of the Phillies' staff in the 1950s, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976. (Recently departed, RIP).Roberts' record for home runs allowed can largely be attributed to his durability and his tendency to pitch inside the strike zone. Roberts threw 4688 innings over the course of his 19-year career, good for 21st on the all-time innings pitched list. Moreover, Roberts challenged hitters to put the ball in play, issuing relatively few walks (1.7 per 9 innings pitched) and strikeouts (4.5 per 9 innings pitched).
I do not see the relevance.
Did you read the article? If so, show me the quotes from McChrystal about Obama. I can't find one.
So the only superior Obama had was Obama?
Way too early in the morning for me. Let me try that again.
So the only superior McChrystal had was Obama?
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