Bringing Out Obama’s Inner Harry Truman
I don’t know any more about General Stanley McChrystal's comments than what this article describes.
But I do remember, from being in the Navy a long time ago, that military personnel are prohibited from making public statements for or against an ongoing war; or anything else that’s government-related. It’s one of the longstanding ironies of being in the military: The First Amendment doesn’t apply to you; you’re just risking your life so everybody else can have it.
Oh, one other little thing: disrespecting your superior is a huge No-No. And like it or not, Commander-in-Chief Obama is senior to General McChrystal.
And I don’t remember reading any exceptions to the above rules. Nowhere in the UCMJ does it say “These rules no longer apply after you’ve been a member of the service for X years” or “After you’ve reached a certain rank, you can go ahead and disregard all this drivel.”
I hate to make political hay out of a sensitive international situation, especially when I don’t even know all of the details. But this is just Tooo Good.
THIS is President Obama’s chance to dig out from under that Michael Dukakis straitjacket — all intellect, no passion or emotion; all substance and no Elvis — and start acting more like Harry Truman.
Something about General Douglas MacArthur comes to mind…
Obama also came out swinging against the health insurance oligarchs and their skanky congressional prostitutes.
You go guy.