quinta-feira, 24 de junho de 2010
BBC Blog Network "Was Obama right to fire Gen McChrystal?" - I am in no doubt he was!
President Obama, or any other under the same circumstances, was left without any option.
The key point is that military commanders - operatives no matter how high ranking - report to a civilian administration topped by the President who inherently is the supreme commander-in-chief.
They are therefore expected to show respect and exercise discretion and restraint when referring to members of the Administration.
I would have expected - at the very least - that a situation like this would never have arisen.
Not in the US armed forces who've seen most of their requests met by politicians time and again.
Also, they enjoy support and remain a major source of pride for the American people.
It is disgraceful that the media should fascinate enough that even a seasoned militaryman like Gen McChrystal could so naively fall prey to.
The US mission in Afghanistan will necessarily absorb his departure and replacement as it must.
Any war action is a collective effort by definition.
It goes well beyond single individuals no matter who or what their rank.