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Posted on 06/23/2010 2:59:14 AM PDT by Scanian
WASHINGTON -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal's comments about President Obama and other administration officials went off like a roadside bomb at the highest levels of Washington yesterday.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates blasted the general for "poor judgment" and ordered him to return immediately to Washington to discuss the matter face-to-face today.
Gates said McChrystal had apologized to him and others named in the Rolling Stone article -- but Gates declined to let him off the hook.
"I believe that General McChrystal made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment in this case," he said in a statement.
Wisconsin Democrat Rep. David Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, called for McChrystal to resign.
"If he actually said half of what is being reported, he shouldn't be in the position he is in," Obey said.
"In apologizing . . . McChrystal said his comments were 'a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened.' I couldn't have said it better myself. Anybody, including a US Army general, is entitled to making a damn fool of themselves once. But General McChrystal hasn't appeared to learn from his mistakes."
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The general and his staff were stupid for letting the reporter around the inner circle. I wouldn’t give them too many plus-points in this case. They might have spoken the truth...but they weren’t bright in how they handle their comments. Besides...what if the reporter fed everything that they said...to the Russians or Ossama himself?
How dare he speak his mind (and I daresay, the truth). The narcissist-in-chief won't let him get by with it.
i believe this professional military man and seasoned gen feels the pospotus is incompetent and doesn’t have a clue,hates the military.I hope after his resignation tells everyone at a press conference zacly what he thinks.
Both should resign.
That would help.
and i hope he writes a book and tells it ALL
Some here in FR have posted that General M has bragged that he is an Obama voter and an Obama supporter. Is that true?
One administration official described Mr. Obama as being particularly furious at a McChrystal aides characterization of him as not seeming very engaged during their first White House meeting.Translation: Someone told the truth about Obama and it cut him to the bone!
Interesting to compare Gates blasting of McCrystal noting unacceptablew judgement fromt he general and Ken Salazar’s fraud over the scientific report going unmentioned by the adminstration. The admins. had-picked expert scientists have complained about the Secretary’s fraud...and nothing....
Because the regime is run by small little people with small little minds who work for a very, very small little president.
Carl-Henric Svanberg’s “small people” was very apt in describing the Obamanistas, if nothing else.
Funny he wasn’t able to figure that out before the election.
McChrystal is a little like the flaming liberal who gets mugged in the street and suddenly sees the world like a law-and-order conservative.
Better late than never...but it may be too late for the General.
It was reported in the news that McChrystal said he voted for Obama in ‘08.
Maybe it would be helpful to read “The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire” about now.
Mchrystal is giving himself cover to get out of Afghanistan.
First of all, he is a general and KNOWS that he has violated article 88 of the UCMJ and will be prosecuted unless he resigns. He may be an a##hole for voting for the douche bag in chief but he put in the current ROEs and has to live with what he is doing to our men or resign.
I think this is his way to get out of this mess with some semblance of honor. He isnt going to make a mistake and isnt stupid enough to think a Rolling Stone reporter is his friend. He wanted to get sh@t canned and this was a way to make the mess in Afghanistan all Obongos and his fellow pussies fault.
It is like breaking up with a girlfriend by getting her to dump you bcause you don’t want to be seen as mean.
He has to resign or face charges. There are no other options. Id like to know what the legal eagles of FReepers think.
I agree. He KNEW that this would get him out of Afghanistan and all the blame will be on the Obangoids.
When the Confederate General John Bell Hood ordered the suicidal attack on Franklin, Tennessee, in late 1864, his subordinate generals obeyed and marched their troops into a massive slaughter.
God help the military man who puts his troops first.
You can't argue this general has hurt the war effort.
The war is obviously not being waged to win.
If we had experienced this kind of military leadership courage in the late nineteen sixties, we might not have a black wall with more than 50,000 names engraved upon it.
We have people regularly posting here who place a man's military career and retirement benefits above doing the right thing for the troops under his command.
Who but a top general would understand failed leadership in an incompetent president?
We have a completely incompetent president, who never ran a hot dog stand, in charge of every young life at risk in the military.
Blind obedience, my ass!
Are there any direct quotes of Mc Chrystal stating he voted for Dear Leader?
My career Navy father always said to only believe half of what you see and NONE of what you hear.
No one has questioned the truthfulness of his remarks.
1) It took Obama 2 months to meet with the heads of BP, but 1 days to call in the general because his whiney bitch feelings were hurt.
2) Obama can't make the time to read the AZ SB1070 immigration law which is 10 pages, but has unlimited hours to read "Rolling Stone Magazine". Does he keep it next to his copy of "Great American Glory Holes" I wonder?
The entire WOT has become a farce...and it's NOT the doing of decent men like the General.
McChrystal has gone native ...
Colonel Lucas: Your mission is to proceed up the Nung River in a Navy patrol boat. Pick up Colonel Kurtz’s path at Nu Mung Ba, follow it and learn what you can along the way. When you find the Colonel, infiltrate his team by whatever means available and terminate the Colonel’s command.
Willard: Terminate the Colonel?
General Corman: He’s out there operating without any decent restraint, totally beyond the pale of any acceptable human conduct. And he is still in the field commanding troops.
Civilian: Terminate with extreme prejudice.
Colonel Lucas: You understand, Captain, that this mission does not exist, nor will it ever exist...
General McChrystal went to the White House today... to face President Obama after the General's "Rolling Stone" article.
Reportedly, the President... laid down the law and kicked some ass!
Afterward, the President told reporters, "I said, 'General, how dare you... tell me about waging war-- I've was a Chicago Community Organizer, you know!'"
The President then was so overcome by emotion... he had to be comforted by Ben Affleck.
General McChrystal said later, "See, I told you... the guy was a total wimpy putz!"
Film... at 11!
Life imitating the Simpsons - maybe you can do a South Park version as well? Very nice job.
That is damn funny and all too true.
I have to say, this whole thing reads to me like a career soldier being hung out to dry by our incompetent treasonous marxist in chief.