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Troops React to McChrystal Article

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Posted on Jun 24, 2010
U.S. Army / Spc. De'Yonte Mosley

Global Post’s Ben Gilbert reports that the Rolling Stone story “was the subject of gossip, concern, disbelief, surprise and shock from enlisted men and officers deployed in Kandahar Province.”

One soldier told Gilbert, before McChrystal resigned, that the military’s code of conduct demanded the general’s ouster.

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Soldiers knew more than anyone else what damage had been done when news broke that their commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of the U.S.-led international force’s 140,000 troops in Afghanistan, had criticized his commander in chief in an inflammatory Rolling Stone article.

They knew because they abide by the same rules McChrystal has to: the military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice. The code subjects an officer to a court martial if he uses any “contemptuous words against the President, Vice President, Congress,” and other civilian leaders in the U.S. government. Any one of the soldiers in Afghanistan would be removed from their positions, if not face a court martial, for a similar offense.

“I don’t see how Obama can’t remove him,” said one soldier before President Barack Obama announced that McChrystal had tendered his resignation. “It would mean McChrystal is above the rules if he doesn’t.”

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By mrfreeze, June 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

Old Ed of the Delta - Let’s see, you seem to need a civics lesson:

1) President = Boss
2) Military = Subordinate
3) Subordinate, Insubordinate = Fired by Boss

Got it?

As for your utterly inappropriate comment about boot polishing: seems as if your sentiment doesn’t mean shit.The Spartan Warrior still got canned. Furthermore, the notion that we civilians must somehow “prove” ourselves to the “macho/fascist” culture of the military is nothing more than a “soldier-of-fortune” jerk-off fantasy.

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By Old Ed Of The Delta, June 25, 2010 at 10:01 am Link to this comment

You don’t work your way up to the rank of a four star general in the Army being a deadhead.

Check out the insignias on McChrystal’s uniform. Ranger, Special Forces, Airborne Master Parachutist, and Expert Infantry Badge just to name a few.

It is my conclusion is that if I were McChrystal, I would not let Obama polish my boots.

We may all live to see the day when President McChrystal will be granting an Executive Pardon to Obama.

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By Peetawonkus, June 25, 2010 at 8:38 am Link to this comment

Now if only we could fire the entire Pentagon.

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By photoshock, June 25, 2010 at 6:35 am Link to this comment

Gen. William McChrystal, was and is a coward. He took the easy way out of the mess he created by voicing his opinions against the civilian leadership of the military.
He above any person, knew the risk of saying things against the chain of command.
He should not be rewarded for these or any comments and actions that he has done. His was the cowards way, rather the face of the music of a failed strategy, he chose to belittle and denigrate the military leadership and for this he should pay the price of loss of benefits and loss of pension.
In the civilian world, for the words that he had said, and the actions that he took, he would be out on his ass with nothing but the memories of working for the company. The same should happen to him now. He knew the risk that he was taking by talking to the media about his unvoiced opinions. Yet he chose to let this go ahead with the full knowledge that his words would be printed for all the world to see.
Not only should he lose all benefits and pensions that have accrued but he should be tried under the UCMJ for gross misconduct, behaviour unbecoming an officer and gross insubordination to the chain of command. He should also be tried as a war criminal for the actions of killing civilians and non-combatants in the field of operations.

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