What’s written below my comments is from an article in the Atlantic Wire. General McCrystal did an interview in the Rolling Stone entitled “Runaway General” , in which he’s portrayed as not very supportive of Obama and his administration.
This is a very touchy situation. Some of the worst things said were by members of McCrystal’s staff, but that doesn’t remove the responsibility from the general. He is in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and has committed an offense that is clearly punishable. The text of Article 88 states that
“Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”
But, we are about a year out from the projected withdrawal from Afghanistan, and we’re right in the middle of a time of uncertainty there, stirred up by the recent revelations about mineral resources there, and what that means about our mission there.
He’s being summoned to the White House today. Do you think he should be fired?
Here’s the excerpt…
• Will McChrystal Be Fired?
The Washington Independent's Spencer Ackerman doubts it. "It's perilous for Obama to fire McChrystal now, with only a year remaining before the July 2011 date for beginning to transition to Afghan security responsibilities and consequently beginning troop reductions. But it's going to be on McChrystal to repair the trust with the White House this profile has clearly damaged. If McChrystal keeps his command, that Rolling Stone reporter got the general's last big interview."
• ...He Should Be
Central Asia expert Joshua Foust writes, "Basically, either Obama or McChrystal are going down over this. It should be McChrystal - he broke the law. Obama needs to fire him. The issue is a uniformed general mocking the vice president. That is a direct violation of Article 88 of the UCMJ. He should not be allowed to continue to serve after that lapse of judgment/insubordination. Kandahar or no, if McChrystal gets to keep his job after publicly mocking the VP, he has shown he is untouchable."