President fired General Macarthur for insubordination; will President Obama do the same with McChrystal?
I think that he should. Certainly, given our present strategy, McChrystal is needed. But it is a failed strategy and should be terminated along with the General’s career. Macarthur’s strategy was unacceptable and he was confronted with the fact that he was not Commander in Chief in a way that made that unerringly clear. McChrystal, however essential he thinks he is in Afghanistan, was not elected and has taken an oath of office to serve his Commander in Chief.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice in Article 88 states: “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.” McChrystal has obviously violated that code and should either resign or be fired.
McChrystal’s apology and his firing his press aide hardly disguise his contempt for his Commander. Let him go and let go of a failed country at the same time.