Commander in Chief Rules!

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By Bob Steiner
Having served on the staff of some four General officers during my twenty years active duty with the U.S. Army, I have had exposure to rules and regulations as they apply to the military. With regard to questions dealing with politics, it’s simple.  Such issues should not be raised.   Further,  under our form of government, the military is sub-servient to  a civilian, our president. I personally did not vote for him and dislike many things he has done. Still,   he is the “Commander in Chief”! He is in charge!

History has shown us that many gifted leaders have  not always respected this arrangement. In most instances this occurred when they voiced personal opinions or strategy to the press without  obtaining clearance from the executive branch to do so.  During World War II,  George S. Patton was admonished  several times for  forgetting this point. He had repeatedly  criticized the conduct of the war by our British allies.   Douglas Mac Arthur, regarded as an untouchable  war hero was relieved from his position as the Supeme Allied Commander in Korea because he openly advocated bombing Chinese territory.

Now we come to the case at hand, General Stanley McChrystal. This is a leader who was probably in line to be the Army Chief of Staff at some future date (I’ll be surprised if he  makes it now).  When he announced to the press that he needed 40,000 more troops to win the war in Afghanistan, he had apparently not checked with  the President.  While this troop increase is still being considered by the President and the Defense Department,  General McChrystal  may not have committed an actual security violation, still he has given the enemy an insight into potential future operations. In this case they could be better prepared to fight our troops  and cause us to incur  more casualties.  Incidentally, why did he insist upon asking for U.S. troops?  This is supposedly an allied effort.  Maybe we should insist upon our allies pulling a greater share of the load?

NOTE:  According to the online Telegraph.co.uk of October 15th, President Sarkozy of France stated that his country would not send even one additional soldier to Afghanistan.  He strongly indicated that he believed  the Afghans, themselves, should shoulder more responsibility for the war effort.  France presently has some 3,000 soldiers in the country.

PREDICTION:  Look for the status quo to continue for a few months with no apparent personnel changes being implemented.  Then, since the General has more than forty years active service, he will be quietly retired.

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Down That Road We Go

Aftermath of the September 11 attacks
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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009).

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When the military leaders start expressing that they are fearful that the American public is growing less supportive of the war in Afghanistan, it is time for those who believe that it is important to defeat Al-Queda and their sisters, the Taliban, to start turning the political screws. Remember, it was the Taliban that refused to force Osama bin Laden out of Pakistan after September 11, 2001.

Those of us who are old enough to remember that the politicians snatched “defeat from the jaws of victory” in Viet Nam will not want to see the same ugly picture show its face in Afghanistan. We, as a nation and a people, are not in a position to drop our guard and our commitment to defeat Al-Queda and anyone who stands in our way or by Al-Queda’s side.

We have paid a price beyond the wildest imagination of any perceived by thinking Americans and it is time to up the ante and increase troop and equipment levels to that needed to lay to rest as many terrorist operatives as is humanly, not necessarily humanely, possible . No that’s right, war itself is not humane, but it is justified and will be so until the animals are caged or annihilated.

We should all pray that our politicians and military leaders will have the courage to finish this war and others we enter with a defeat of the enemy and a victory which would cause the enemy to “study war no more.” We have to remember, that we didn’t “study” this war into existance, but we do have to pass the test of it. Otherwise, we will be fighting it and others until all of our resolve is wasted.

Some are asking if Afghanistan will be Obama’s Viet Nam.  It can, but only if he is too weak to bring solid victory without flim-flam and bull butter.

Real Victory and real soon.

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