When I heard about the Rolling Stone article in which Gen Stanley McChrystal and his staff made unbelievable remarks about the POTUS and other superiors, I was both saddened and horrified. I’ve always been a fan of this guy and and think that he is a great general with a sensible head on his shoulders and that our armed forces need more men like him.
In my view, Obama really only had one option: fire McChrystal. Anything less would be damaging to the chain of command and military discipline as a whole. Had he not been punished, it would’ve put us on a road that we do not want to find ourselves on. Having a rogue general at the head of a 100,000 strong army is not a good thing by any stretch of the imagination.
Fortunately, the President didn’t listen to talking heads like Keith Olbermann, who were calling for restraint on the grounds that the war couldn’t go on without McChrystal. Or hacks like Dana Perino, who assured us that keeping the general on wouldn’t indicate that Obama was weak (bullshit). The prez did the right thing, even though it was the hard thing.
As an added bonus, Obama’s comment on the matter was one of the best things I’ve heard come out of his mouth since he took office.