A former Fort Benning commander said Tuesday he believes Gen. Stanley McChrystal was wrong in candidly blasting President Barack Obama and top administration officials involved in Afghan policy in a Rolling Stone magazine article.
I think the basic is a golden rule with general officers and that is you dont criticize your superiors, said retired Lt. Gen. Carmen Cavezza. And if he said those things, then he violated the golden rule.
McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has been summoned to the White House to explain derogatory comments he and his staff made about the commander in chief, Vice President Joe Biden and other administration officials. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday in a White House news briefing that Obama was angry about the critical comments McChrystal made in the magazine profile, titled The Runaway General. Gibbs also said the president has not ruled out the option of firing the four-star general.
Well, certainly thats his prerogative, said Cavezza, when asked whether he thought Obama should dismiss McChrystal. Hes the commander in chief. I think McChrystal has done a great job over there. I think hes the man for the job and hes the man that can do it right. Thats not to say there arent other generals that cant fill in. But thats something obviously the commander in chief has got to make a decision on.
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