Off the record, dude

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Why on Earth was Gen. Stan­ley McChrys­tal talk­ing to Rolling Stone? What did he think would hap­pen next?

Let us imag­ine that an of­fi­cer un­der McChrys­tal’s com­mand made pub­lic state­ments dis­parag­ing McChrys­tal, other of­fi­cers and their com­mand of the war? What would the gen­eral do? What ex­cuse would he ac­cept?

If McChrys­tal did not know that he was end­ing his ca­reer when he granted the in­ter- view, then he lacks the nec­es­sary fore­sight to be a gen­eral.

A wise pres­i­dent would, how­ever, con­sider the gen­eral’s crit­i­cism. Im­prov­ing mil­i­tary/civil­ian co­op­er­a­tion and the ef­fi­cient con­duct of this war could only look good for Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

Jan­iCe mcWriGht

austin

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