Moments ago, it was announced by President Obama General Stanley McChrystal was fired. He said he "accepted his resignation." He was fired. The spinsters say he didn't make a rash decision and gave McChrystal a "fair hearing." General McChrystal was immediately recalled to Washington when the article in question came out and was inside the White House for 20 minutes, including the security checks and walks through the halls. He wasn't in a lengthy conversation, if it was any more than a monologue.
And the article was not an attack on the administration. It was an attack on General McChrystal.
The Administration claims the American People need to be able to trust the Commanders in Charge. The one man that is in the best position to know if the CinC is trustworthy is General McChrystal and his staff clearly evokes an atmosphere of mistrust of the Politician in charge.
I said it when this administration fired General McKiernan: his replacement was the one I felt for, General McChrystal. It was only 3 years ago Senator Obama was dishonoring General Petraeus and now President Obama is demoting him to a position over which he commands now. It was only 3 years ago, Senator Obama was claiming that the Petraeus Plan could never work in Iraq, not in 1 year, not in 1 decade, not with 30,000 Troops not with 300,000 Troops.
Obama said it wasn't personal. Afterall, General McChrystal voted for him. But there was no insubordination printed in the article. The article was character assassination. Subordinates of General McChrystal expressed frustration with the politicians over them. This was personal.
No, those things should not have been said in front of a reporter. It was wrong. "Nothing is ever 'off the record,' when said to a journalist." Soldiers are warned of that. But the decision was not made because General McChrystal was failing in his role, but because his subordinates said unkind things about Obama and his senior advisors.
Translation: Obama will not tolerate a General or other underling that does not parrot his dictates.
Next move: A soon to be retired General will be unmuzzled to speak freely about the missteps of a politician who thinks he's a general.