June 23rd, 2010
11:25 AM ET

Who's the boss? It's not McChrystal

Paul Begala
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President Obama needs to thank Gen. Stanley McChrystal for his decades of brave and selfless service, then fire him.

The contempt the general plainly has for his civilian superiors cannot be tolerated. If a corporal spoke that way about a captain, or a captain spoke that way about a colonel, it would be curtains. The same standard must be applied to the general who is leading 94,000 American troops in combat.

By now we all know the reckless and inflammatory comments: McChrystal and his team thinks Obama is disengaged, that Vice President Joe Biden's real name is "Bite Me," and national security adviser (and retired four-star Marine general) Jim Jones is "a clown." Afghan ambassador (and retired three-star Army general) Karl Eikenberry "covers his flank for the history books [so] if we fail he can say, 'I told you so.' "

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  1. joe

    This is what Donald Trump would call
    "an easy one!"

    June 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  2. Paul Rosen

    Paul Begala is absolutely correct. He is, as usual, succint and right on with his point. McChyrstal has served the country, but he is a "loose cannon", and apparently lacks the maturity one might hope is possessed of our general officers. The war is going to go on. If Obama likes the strategy, it is his strategy, not McChrystal's. There are many generals who could do this for us. Fine men, I'm sure. Move on, Mr. Obama.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  3. Willard

    The actions Gen. McCrystal displayed regarding the Rolling Stone interview and undermining his Commander in Chief are not those of a leader. McCrystal proved his true character long ago in the way he handled the Tilden issue. Not only should he be fired, he should be demoted. That aside, here's a tip for the man; perhaps the General should eat more than one meal per day. It just might assist in fueling his brain to help him make better decisions in the future.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  4. teresa, kent, ohio

    so what... cant a dude "misspoke?" I mean how many times in the last decade have people said the wrong thing and gone about their merry way with no repurcussions?

    Dont punish the guy. What if he is RIGHT? Or that what we are really upset about? That someone we respect as a leader and have for decades has AN OPINION? If he was smart for all those years, how did he suddenly get stupid?

    he didnt. leave him alone. he's right and we all know it. we are never gonna fix this insane country until we face up to what idiots we all are.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  5. Gary Johnson

    I think McCrystal is in the right.He should be able to say how he feels because he has served in the military for along time unlike Obama who has never severed.I think it is very observe to let someone who knows only what he hears about the war tell someone who has servered most of his life in the military what he can ad cant say.Where is the freedom of speech.OH Yea we have Obama for a president we have no freedom of speech anymore.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  6. Mark H


    June 23, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  7. MA Moore

    Jo Biden cursed the "F" word on national TV and they didn't do anything. This is not right.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:43 am |

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