Posted by Warren Peterson on June 29, 2010
The hoopla over the Rolling Stone article on General Stanley McCrystal has just about run its course. After the disparaging remarks about Obama and members of his administration from members of McCrystal’s staff and by implication, the General himself, were published, Obama had no choice but to fire him. The President had to uphold the principle of civilian control of the military especially considering his less than warm relations with all thing military. Had Obama let the General stay, he would have been seen as a weak Commander-in-Chief. This was not a Truman fires Macarthur; no speech before a joint session of Congress, no ticker tape parade for McCrystal.
Fortunately for Obama, the nation had General David Petraeus to fall back on allowing a change in command with minimal disruption to the Afghanistan war effort. Once denigrated by Democrats, Petraeus is now the great hope, a hero, a true patriot, because he saluted smartly and said, “Yes sir.” when asked to take on another high risk assignment.
McCrystal was not well served by his staff that let a young reporter from a left-wing magazine embed without guidelines for the reporter or staff personnel. On the other hand, the General tolerated an atmosphere of disrespect for senior officials.
While the story will soon blow over, there is one tidbit from the Rolling Stone article with longer legs. Longer legs if for no other reason than Rush Limbaugh is using it on his 600 plus station talk show; the perfect moniker for Vice President Joe Biden – Joe Bite Me.
Cross posted on Sound Politics