By Brigitte L. Nacos
If General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in
Afghanistan, does not resign before visiting the White House tomorrow,
President Obama must fire him right then and there—or even before that. A
commanding general who criticizes the president and his top military and
civilian national security aides publicly in the midst of a war, can no longer
be trusted to carry out the president’s war strategy that, ironically, was
mostly designed by McChrystal himself. That’s precisely what McChrystal and his
closest aides did as reported in Rolling Stone
After they expressed contempt for literally everyone
directly involved in national security matters as these relate to the conflict
In an alarming part of the Rolling Stone revelations,
McChrystal attacks the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, a retired
three-star general and fellow West Pointer, by remarking, "Here's one that
covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say, 'I told
you so.' "
So, the general who wrote the script for succeeding in
Knowing full well the content of the article (headline “Runaway General”), McChrystal must have known its explosive impact. Which leads to my guess that going rogue was his exit strategy and a pass to blame others for the problems he leaves behind.
Whatever his motives, just as insubordination cost General
Douglas MacArthur his job in 1951, when he was fired by President Truman, it
must send McChrystal into retirement.
When the certified war hero MacArthur returned from the