President Obama has allowed McCrystal to resign from his position as leader of the Afghan War. His replacement has been named as David Petraeus.
Some news reporters are publishing this movement as a “resignation” and others as the leader being “fired”.
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According to various reports, John McCrystal is willing to step down from his position as a leader in the Afghan War. His statements and comments, as reported by Rolling Stone Magazine, seemed to be off-the-record style with little regard for the consequences that could be linked to the public disapproval of high-ranking government officials. For that, McCrystal should be held accountable, but are the statements enough to remove a General from his position in a war that is unwinnable?
Walking a Mile in McCrystal’s Shoes
Most of us take for granted the commitment soldiers and leaders have for the United States and well-being of people living within its borders. We wake up every day and peruse the newspaper, nonchalantly making conversation about this local event or that international affair. Celebrity news tends to take up more media time than war related coverage as if the war was just a long lost memory that only surfaces occasionally.
McCrystal is clearly dedicated to his job, the United States and the success of the Afghan War. His personal views on President Obama, Vice President Biden and other government officials are probably tame compared to other officials in the United States government. The only difference is the fact that McCrystal chose to make his thoughts part of public record and knowledge.
As a citizen of the United States, I am not sure I want a leader in the Afghan War to have personal conflicts with the leader of our nation. There should be clear focus, dedication to the Presidential process, and respect for decisions made and supported by President Obama and staff. Self-preservation enables me to accept McCrystal’s resignation, but what about the person that believes in standing by what you believe in and the ability to make those beliefs known?
I have never been the person to hold my tongue no matter what the consequences of those words may be. That makes me a kindred spirit to McCrystal. Should he have said the things he was thinking in front of a Rolling Stone reporter? No, that is evident, but what right do we have to censor anyone’s thoughts or beliefs? As a professional writer, I am in a position to support McCrystal for making his feelings known. Yet, I find myself on the cusp of right and wrong.
What Will Happen to McCrystal?
If President Obama believes in McCrystal’s talent as an Afghan leader, he will pocket the letter of resignation and have a frank talk with the general about public speaking etiquette.
If there is no faith or trust left in the relationship, McCrystal should be allowed to resign for the sake of the Afghan War, the United States people, and McCrystal’s career.
What do you feel should happen to the general? Should President Obama react to personal attacks on government staff or judge McCrystal on his ability as an Afghan leader?
Hastings, Michael. “The Runaway General | Rolling Stone Politics.” Rolling Stone | Music News, Reviews, Photos, Videos, Interviews and More. 22 June 2010. Web. 23 June 2010.