Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"public rebuke that sent a shiver through the officer corps"

The firing of General Stanley McChrystal?


Time magazine asserts this was the chilling treatment accorded dissenting four star general Eric Shinseki when Bush administration officials sacked him didn't attend his retirement ceremony.
"'Beware a 12-division strategy for a 10-division Army,' Shinkseki (sic) warned at his retirement ceremony, an event attended by neither Rumsfeld [Secretary of Defense] nor Wolfowitz [Deputy Secretary of Defense]. It was a public rebuke that sent a shiver through the officer corps, and made clear that professional dissent — however carefully considered and delivered by a top officer with 38 years in uniform — could derail an exemplary career. (Contrary to public perception, however, Shinseki was not fired by Rumsfeld. He served out his term as Army chief of staff, although Rumsfeld's allies had already hacked away at Shinseki's influence by proclaiming him a lame duck during his final year, even before his controversial testimony.)"
Any bets that Time will worry over the effects of the firing of Gen. McChrystal?

It's only chilling when people you support are ousted snubbed.

P.S. Interesting that McChrystal is pro-Hillary Clinton--apparently like a majority of Americans.
"Only Hillary Clinton receives good reviews from McChrystal's inner circle. 'Hillary had Stan's back during the strategic review,' says an adviser. 'She said, 'If Stan wants it, give him what he needs.''"
H/T Newsbusters

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