Tuesday, June 22, 2010
General McChrystal's Unproffesional Criticisms
Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months after McChrystal got the job of leading the war effort in Afghanistan. The meeting was delayed by the inept Obama administration as General McChrystal sent out his plan for Afghanistan and made a request for 40,000 additional troops to enact it. According to an advisor to General McChrystal, the first meeting with the president was “ a 10-minute photo op. Obama clearly didn't know anything about McChrystal or who he was. Here's the guy who's going to run his … war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed." Well, despite that meeting, President Obama did give McChrystal 30,000 troops and most of the support for which his plan called.
McChrystal’s criticism of President Obama, Vice President Biden, Ambassador Eikenberry, National Security Advisor Jim Jones and others might very well be accurate and just in the truthfulness of it (and from the excerpts I have seen, it is indeed apt); however, it is absolutely unconscionable that any member of the United States Armed Forces criticize his civilian chain of command in an official public capacity, let alone doing so in the capacity as the commander of the war in Afghanistan.
One of the reasons our military is held in such high honor and esteem by a vast majority of Americans is the fact that they are willing to sacrifice and do what they are called upon to do by their Commander in Chief, regardless of his political affiliation or reasoning, assuming the orders given are lawful Constitutional ones. If General McChrystal felt so strongly against the advice and orders of the civilian chain of command with which he had to interact, he should have brought those concerns immediately and directly to their attention. If the situation could not be remedied to General McChrystal’s satisfaction, then it was his duty to step down and resign his commission as an officer. As a retired officer and civilian he would enjoy every American’s right to loudly and publicly criticize the administration as he saw fit. Where he was dead wrong was his doing so publicly while still on active duty and in charge of the war.
It is NOT the military’s place to publicly question the civilian chain of command while serving under their orders. This only serves to break down the chain of command and the civilian authority of our military. Granted that the civilian chain of command of our armed forces from the Commander in Chief all the way down the civilian chain have a duty and obligation to set the overall vision, major goals, and strategic objectives to define victory for the military and should thereby listen to and pay strong heed to their commanders in theatre as to what is necessary to accomplish those objectives. The President should define the major objectives of the war and then let his armed forces achieve those objectives with as little hindrance as possible from civilian second-guessers.
All members of the United States military serve to protect and defend the United States and its Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It is their duty to follow our elected representatives accordingly. It is these elected representatives that are held accountable by We The People. Criticism of these members in a public domain in an official capacity while serving on active duty is absolutely unacceptable. General McChrystal should be fired by President Obama tomorrow accordingly.