Obama Fires General Scandal?

Barack Obama, the US president, has fired General Stanley McChrystal, the US and Nato commander in Afghanistan.
I've been reading about it and the media is talking about disparaging comments made by the general about Obama's staff in a Rolling Stone magazine interview.
But why the scandal? Apparently the general disrespected President Obama so he deserves to be fired.
I mean, after dissing the president like this, do you still expect to keep your job? He should have resigned before getting fired.

asked by Arianna in Politics | 1706 views | 06-24-2010 at 11:31 PM

The general actually wasn't fired, he resigned.
Obama said he would not tolerate any act that could undermine civilian control of the US military.

In a press conference announcing his decision to accept McChrystal's resignation, President Obama emphasized that "this is a change in personnel, but it is not a change in policy." Centcom commander General David Petraeus will take over for McChrystal. Though Petraeus is a familiar face with an arguably proven track record, some observers are dubious of the president's claim that U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is staying the same.

The comments by General Stanley McChrystal and his aides, made in the presence of a reporter from Rolling Stone magazine, are harsh. One aide calls National Security Advisor General James Jones a clown. Another rude comment is directed at Vice President Biden. General McChrystal himself speaks disparagingly of special envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, when he bemoans the receipt of another email from the diplomat, and also makes derisive comments about U.S. Ambassador to AFghanistan Karl Eikenberry. And he says he did not connect with President Obama.

Job one for Petraeus is not coming up with a better strategy. It's getting everybody on board for the current strategy. He will undoubtedly make some changes in the way the campaign is waged, but the overall strategy of surging troops into the Taliban heartland in southern Afghanistan and beginning a handover to Afghan security forces by July 2011 remains unchanged.

The firing of McChrystal is a messy blessing if the president seizes upon it as a reason for revisiting basic questions about whether Afghanistan matters so much and what is possible there and at what cost.

answered by Antony | 06-24-2010 at 11:32 PM

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