President Obama yet again demonstrated how little he knows about the military and chain of command by ousting the commanding general of armed forces in Afghanistan, General McChrystal.
Why hasn’t he ousted Biden for all the times he has put his foot in his own mouth? The fact that McChrystal made some questionable comments in Rolling Stone are by no means excusable. He showed a complete lapse in judgment and should have been disciplined accordingly. But Obama it seems, took the comments personally. He took them personally enough to oust the one man who was making a difference in Afghanistan.
What message does this send to the military? It send the message that with the exception of Biden and Obama themselves, the chain of command means absolutely nothing to them. It sends the message that the men and women in Afghanistan who are dying and have served this country with honor and distinction cannot feel free to speak their minds about a man who has never served in uniform in any capacity, loathes the military like Bill Clinton did, and with his socialist agenda, has the audacity to say that these comments undermine democracy in our country. What!?
Obama has never consulted or acted in the interests of the American people on any front. He stuck us with the bill on the bailouts, he has stuck us with the failure to cap the BP oil spill, but yet and still he can find time to react to an article that a man who in a time of war, has led his men into battle, chose to allow to be written while exercising his first amendment rights.
It is ridiculous to think that on any level, this man’s career is not ruined. Obama, who has served his country poorly in the Senate, and now poorly as president, has single handedly destroyed a career that it took this man 30 plus years to build, while absolutely demoralizing all the men and women of the military. He has also stifled them from sharing public opinion of how they really feel about him. No one will dare speak up for fear of Court Martial. This is the true mark of a socialist, and a dictator.
If Obama has his way, no one will be able to comment negatively on him or Biden while in government service. Obama fails to realize the military did not vote him in. They didn’t want him.
The Utah News, quoting retired brigadier general David Irvine stated it clearly.
“Obama’s swift replacement of McChrystal with a general of unquestionable gravitas will help soldiers return their attention to the mission at hand in Afghanistan, Irvine said.
“This is a sergeant’s war, it is a lieutenant’s war, and as far as those individuals are concerned, they’re going to continue to give it their all,” said Irvine, former deputy commander of the Utah-based 96th Regional Readiness Command. “They will quickly transfer their loyalty and commitment to their new commander and faithfully discharge the orders of those over them.”
Irvine said McChrystal’s comments demonstrated “a fundamental lapse in judgment” and left Obama little choice but to remove the general from command.
National Security expert Amos Guiora, who lectures at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, agreed with Irvine’s assessment of McChrystal’s mistakes. He also agreed that U.S. troops would continue to do their best to execute the orders they are given. But he was less confident that the ripples of the scandal would not affect good order, discipline and morale among troops in Afghanistan.
“The timing of this is terrible” said Guiora, a former officer in the Israeli Defense Forces, noting the grave challenges the U.S. faces in Afghanistan at this time. “This is really going to affect how the U.S. goes forward in Afghanistan.”
While saying that McChrystal demonstrated “terrible judgment,” Guiora wondered if the general’s remarks were not symptomatic of frustration with a lack of clarity about the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
While bringing in General Petreus was a good move to save face, it is clear that Obama has no clue about his strategy in Afghanistan, and is not fit to lead our efforts there.
History will be written that many brave men and women went on to fight the war to it’s inevitable end, but the fact of the matter is, when it is all said and done, Obama cannot credit for any of it. His domestic polices have failed, his foreign policy has failed, and all the tough talk seems like it is directed more at the American people than any one else. BP has learned a valuable lesson from Wall Street, just laugh and ignore him and he will go away.
I am sure that on this day, the Taliban are thinking the very same thing.