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The Right Move Given the Circumstances June 23, 2010

Posted by ev0rev in Politics.
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I’m usually pretty critical of our President.  I think his policies have taken us down a very dangerous path that will ultimately lead to prolonged financial hardship for this nation.

Today, however, I have to give credit where it is due.  Namely, the President did precisely what he needed to do in an efficient and effective manner.  His decision to accept Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s resignation could not have come easily.  To his credit, President Obama recognized a change was necessary and affected that change with the least amount of disruption to the ongoing effort in Afghanistan.

As a former service member, it disturbs me that General McChrystal broke one of the fundamental laws governing our military.  Civilian control of the military is Constitutionally backed and General McChrystal’s statements conflicted with his obligation to carry out his orders to the best of his ability.

It is unfortunate, as General McChrystal was the best man for the job.  His statements, made in a moment of careless indiscretion are going to carry consequences.   I applaud President Obama for making a tough decision as quickly as he did.

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