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When not to talk to the Rolling Stone…

Good morning, Netizens...

Before I even contemplate posting David Horsey's cartoon this morning, simply out of a sense of self-preservation I am going to add a few person comments about General Stanley McChrystal who, it seems, has been called home by President Barack Obama for a little discussion about his comments made recently to a Rolling Stone journalist.

Based upon a diversity of sources as much as possible from both sides of the political aisle, it would seem a safe bet that McChrystal probably will lose his job today. President Obama referred to McChrystal's comments to Rolling Stone as being in “poor judgement”, and the usual pile of legislators and other politicians, sensing the mood, quickly piled on.

It goes without saying history is full of instances where wartime generals and their Commanders-in-Chief have had differences of opinion. Harry Truman stripped Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command more than a half-century ago after disagreements over Korean War strategy, which in their own way, were as contentious as McChrystal's control of the War in Afghanistan.

In fact, the only persons who seem to have good words for General McChrystal is Afghan President Hamid Karzai who expressed his confidence in McChrystal during a video conference Tuesday night with Obama.

As a military man, McChrystal should have known you never make negative public comments about your Commander-in-Chief, regardless of the circumstances.


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