Skip to comments.Peter Fuller removed from duty as a top Afghanistan commander for remarks to POLITICO
Posted on 11/04/2011 4:14:02 PM PDT by ColdOne
Major Gen. Peter Fuller, a top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, was relieved of his duties Friday after comments he made to POLITICO disparaging Afghan President Hamid Karzai and calling the governments leaders isolated from reality.
Gen. John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, ousted Fuller following what the coalition called his inappropriate public comments.
These unfortunate comments are neither indicative of our current solid relationship with the government of Afghanistan, its leadership, or our joint commitment to prevail here in Afghanistan, Allen said in a statement.
The Afghan people are an honorable people, and comments such as these will not keep us from accomplishing our most critical and shared mission bringing about a stable, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan, he added.
Fuller was the deputy commander of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan and responsible for training Afghan security forces.
In a Thursday interview with POLITICO, Fuller, a two-star general, slammed Karzais recent remark that Afghanistan would side with Pakistan in a war against the U.S., blasting the presidents comments as erratic, and adding, Why dont you just poke me in the eye with a needle! Youve got to be kidding me.
Im sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion and now youre telling me, I dont really care?
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
Oh for God’s sake!
Are we trying to win this War or what? Or is this just an exercise in Political correctness. Leave our Generals alone!
I will email this general my whole hearted support!
Karzai should have been put in his place by Obozo!
Just nuke the entire Muslim world.
General Allen can’t handle the TRUTH!
General Allen can’t handle the TRUTH!
Afghanistan will always be a backwards living 7th Century Islamic sh**hole. I say we let them all rot.
OH but it’s OK for Karsai to tell everyone that he would back Pakistan OVER the U.S.
Bring the troops home. Let the Islamofascist slaughter each other.
Ding ding ding!! What do we have for him, Johnny?
Hoo-boy, talk about isolated from reality....
Amen to that!
Telling the truth in today’s U.S. military is a career-ending move.
Read some history books on General Patton who the media at the time vilified him over his remarks too.
The government should ban interviews with these muck-raking publications like Rolling Stone and Politico. They hate the military and want to injure it. Meenwhile Obama orders them to give free access to these “journolists”. The huge cost in training and in human knowledge and experience whenever they topple a General is mindblowing. McCrystal should have told them to stop doing this crap. But Obama cannot be dissed, in any way, shape or form. Off with their heads!! He cries. And so it goes.
A vacation for two with Gen. McChrystal?
What do we have to show for ten years, hundreds of billions, and the priceless lives of our warriors.
Poppy production is up and aided by U.S. advisors, distribution controlled as a political-military tool.
Ahmed Wali Karzai accused of being a CIA tool and a druglord and defended by plagiarist putz Posner--then murdered to clean up the mess.
Petraeus shifted to DCI as Panetta is SecDef.
Gays in the military but truthtellers beware.
When the "nation" you saved from the (Pakistan-created) Taliban makes a statement of treachery such as the article references, you're on the wrong trail.
Meanwhile in Iraq the mystery man Hussein announces all U.S. troops out by end of year.
A gift for Iran.
Who is shocked.
I believe Gen. Fuller wants to be done serving this administration and purposely wanted these comments to end his career.
General, I salute you, Sir. Enjoy your retirement.
THe latest revolt in the military. Glad to see that this time it was an Army general. The Marines have been far out front on challenging Obama’s destructive policies. The Navy has been the most gutless.
Air Force leader are still up in the air over whether to oppose Obie except for their statement the other day about losing in the future.
Send him an email of support firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m old enough to remember this happening to a couple of other wartime generals. In both of those cases history proved them correct...
God love those who are willing to put their careers on the line for those who they command on the field.
That’s what it is...he is protecting his troops.
Two words...Allen West.
I hate to think what the military will become, especially if the Super Duper committee doesn’t reach an agreement.
I hate to think what will become of all of us if they do...
I am an Engineer officer with 17 years of service currently deployed in Afghanistan. My mission here is to construct infrastructure for the Afghan Army and police. MG Fuller wasn’t in my chain of command, but he did control the program (meaning money and policy implementation) that I work and I have spent time with him. I can state unequivocally that everything he said in his interview is true. I am outraged that he was fired for his comments. It seriously has me questioning whether I can continue to serve.
I expect politicians to act the way GEN Allen did, but not my generals. Candor is a key trait of being a good officer and MG Fuller expressed candor without embellishment. MG Fuller is the most thoughtful general officer I have ever had the pleasure of serving with. He doesn’t open his mouth until he knows what he is speaking about. He may have spoken out of turn, but it wasn’t a firing offense. If the administration and GEN Allen had any sense, they would have turned it into an opportunity to put the heat on Karzai, otherwise known as “The Mayor of Kabul”, which in turn would have allowed me to turn up the heat on the local Afghan commanders. Firing him sends entirely the wrong message to these people.
For a good idea of what is really happening over here with our tax dollars, visit http://afghanright.wordpress.com. It is a blog maintained by a good friend and one of the officers I work with here.
We are wasting our treasure in Afghanistan on people who don’t appreciate it and only want to get as much as they can from us before we take our toys and go home. They destroy everything we give them and then come back and ask for more. Most times I am forced to give it to them. It’s wrong and the American people need to know.
I would very much like to see public backlash for this decision, but I am not in a position to lead such a charge. Although I never post, I have visited this site often since my uncle told me about it in 2004 when he posted a letter I wrote to him from Iraq. This has compelled me to post.
My request to the Freepers from a career American Soldier is that one or more of you go after this and make it an issue.
Good to hear from someone who knows the situation.
Thank you for your service. Your thoughts are welcomed.
How is it that we’ve allowed ourselves to be turned into a politically correct state where diplomats and leadership feel compelled to fire competent military officers for accurate statements about the failures of leaders of other nations, but they don’t fire those who failed to competently react and defend us on 9-11.
Major heads should have rolled on 9-12 and beyond because of the abject failure of many in government to do their job and defend the nation, and that then resulted in multiple wars and loss of our liberties. Nobody paid then. Why is Fuller paying now?