- Nov 1, 2014
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Firing General McCrystal was a rare point of agreement I had with the Obama administration after his off the cuff comments during a Rolling Stones Magazine interview. I thought he was right that it undermined the chain of command.
But fate is a funny thing. General Petraeus was appointed to replace McCrystal and even now the aftermath of his far from abstemious personal life is all over the news. He went from Chief of Joint Forces to head the CIA and leaked some very sensitive information in the throes of ecstacy with some mistress; all of this made possible by being appointed McCrystal's successor.
And I'm kicking myself, knowing I should have known better. Obama has the reverse Midas touch, everything he touches turning to crap. Even this.
General McCrystal was a bit of a hot head and he blew off some steam on a Left wing tabloid, Petraeus was careless with national top secret information, carried away by some temporary dalliance. McCrystal broke protocol, Petraeus broke the law.
So my question is, is it time we revisit our policy of how quickly we sack accomplished major generals? In retrospect, a little sassiness on the side could have been taken in stride.