Obama crit­ics over McChrys­tal

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

To those vet­er­ans who wrote protest­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ac­tions in deal­ing with Gen. Stan­ley McChrys­tal, I have two things to say:

1. Thank you for your ser­vice. You fought for my right to freely write this re­sponse.

2. My fa­ther spent 22 years in the mil­i­tary, in­clud­ing World War II and Korea. He taught me that loy­alty to your com­man­ders is tan­ta­mount and to re­spect hi­er­ar­chy.

Obama is the com­man­der-in-chief. The ac­tions of McChrys­tal were in­sub­or­di­nate and, frankly, shock­ing for a mil­i­tary of­fi­cer of his stature. I see no other choice for his su­pe­rior of­fi­cer, the pres­i­dent, but to deal de­ci­sively with those ac­tions. ch­eryl Veld­man round rock

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