Gen. McChrystal is out, and Gen Petraeus is in.

There has been a lot of buzz and chatter on this story since it broke. I find all of the opinions as to what should have been done, what will be done and so on very fascinating.

However, the question I have is this: is McChrystal’s resignation/firing because of what he said (Obama is not doing that great of a job at commander in chief) or that he said it, breaking the tradition of keeping your mouth shut in the military? Is this resignation/firing enough? I’ve heard some suggest that he should be charged with some sort of treason as well, or should he be allowed to ride peacefully off into the sunset?

What say you Derby fans?


  • boru

    This is just a PR move to help launch McChrystal’s political career.

  • David Kaiser, Editor

    Has anyone noticed that in the two most famous firings of generals by Presidents, the terminated generals also had last names that began with “Mc” or “Mac?”

    Stanley McChrystal joins George McClelland and Douglas MacArthur.

    I guess I’m just a history dork.

    • East of Eden

      Welcome to the Dork table. Where strange bits o’trivia and knowing all the answers on Jepoardy is ok.

  • Troy La Mana

    We’ll see him on Fox as a contributor next week. Then he’ll be able to tell the truth about operations over there without restraint.

    The biggest question I think he’ll be dealing with for the rest of his life is, “Why did I allow that hatchet job reporter into my inner-circle?”

    • Sartho

      The “without restraint” part worries me a little. My eyes started to bleed after reading the article in Rolling Stone. :)

      • Troy La Mana

        I’ve read the entire article, and in truth, I thought there really wasn’t anything to get that upset over.

        At most, I thought Obama would rip him a new arse and send him back to fight the war. McChrystal is the only one who really understands COIN and can implement it properly. The article clearly shows that others in the chain of command have a hard time understanding the concepts behind COIN and that could be a reason why there isn’t further progress.

        Also, if I was Petraeus, I would be very upset as being forced to take a demotion.

  • Whodat

    Changing one for the other is like changing deck chairs on the Titanic – makes no difference.

    “W” in his collective stupidity, and O-bomb, too, fail to accept, as the Russians finally did, that you cannot do anything with people who are still mentally in the 5th century.

    Let’s leave em today. Leave all our weapons so they can just kill each other. Leave ‘em a toll-free number in case they run short of ammo.

    As we leave, lets tell em that we can come back if they get outside their border – and, with nuclear weapons.

    But, trying to teach democracy or anything to those folks is hopeless.

  • Alaina

    Hypocrite? Yes. Worst President ever? Quite possibly.

    However, we have to give credit where credit is due. For the first time in his Presdency, he was not only quick and decisive, but he made the right decision.

    As for McChrystal, saying something negative about someone is not treason. That said, it was definitely a fireable offense, but he is a military hero and should be treated with the utmost respect. Although I can empathize with him, Obama made the right decision in firing him.

  • Gil Rice

    I fully understand military protocol, but it’s a sad day when you can’t speak the truth sometimes. I just hope the title Vice Pres “just bite me” sticks with Biden tho.

  • Neil Braithwaite

    Didn’t Obama inherit Petraeus from Bush?

    This same Obama? This same Petraeus?

    Hypocrite in Chief!

  • Gary Russell


    Oh, wait…were you asking about McChrystal, not Obama?
    Nah, give the General an “F” for tact, but an “A+” for honesty, and a medal for his service.

  • David Kaiser, Editor

    Anyone who suggested he should be charged with anything should have their head examined.

    That said, he had no choice to resign. Even if what he said was completely valid, it never should have came out in a Rolling Stone expose story.

    This whole situation was a mess, but I have to give a small amount of credit to Obama, the immediate announcement that Gen. Petraeus would take over was a smart decision, both militarily and politically.

    I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

    • East of Eden

      Good points David. :)

      I felt if he was that unhappy, he should have resigned so he could speak freely. I do however, understand his frustration with Obama. I wouldn’t want to be in his position.