When the President accepted General Stanley McChrystal's resignation over a Rolling Stone magazine story in which the most damaging thing the General said, when asked about Joe Biden, said "Who's that"? How does this rise to the level of insubordination?
Reading through the article, I was more taken with the statements of the General's subordinates. They are pretty much the same things I am hearing from my active duty friends, as well as those who have chosen to get out of the military. As I read the story, I couldn't help but wonder if the story the media should be covering is: Have Our Men & Women Of The Military Lost Confidence In Their Commander In Chief? To be fair to the President, his decision was pre-ordained by the ginned-up media firestorm. But that also goes to how weakened this Presidency has become, when the media can take a fairly innocuous statement, and essentially force a President into a position of ending a General's career. In the same breath, they say what a brilliant move it is to replace him with General Petraeus, a man that they had once labeled "Betray Us", and whom this President failed to defend while he was a Senator. The truth, in my opinion, is that this was a convenient way to get rid of a guy that the President did not like to begin with, and the media gave him political cover to get rid of him. So now it is up to General Petraeus to win the war in Afghanistan, another General that the President is not fond of. I hope General Petraeus has somebody to watch his flank, or he may be the next McChrystal.