And not because he was particularly doing a bad job in Afghanistan, but because he and his staff were quoted in the Rolling Stones magazine as bashing the present administration.
Not really surprised. McChrystal has been known to speak his mind even when no one wants to hear it. His staff has been considered sloppy and less than effective while running a campaign. People acting surprised over this should realize that if you had researched a bit into McChrystal’s past, you might have avoided the surprise.
As a previous military member myself (who interacted with officers on a daily basis), I can say that I’m disappointed. We have a Code of Conduct that states that you respect and obey the Commander and Chief and those appointed by him above you. Some will say, “But it’s not written.” Maybe not but it is implied and reinforced in the military through the Chain of Command. You can disagree with whatever the President’s policy is – that’s not the problem. Verbally attacking the President, VP and Secretary of Defense in a public magazine is not acceptable behavior in the military. Period.
He should feel luckily that he wasn’t sacked. I mean, we’ve had Generals and less in the past fired by Presidents. At least now his benefits and military status will still be available for his family. He’ll get a proper burial in a military cemetery, pension, etc. Which he is afforded, and President Obama was kind enough to accept his resignation gracefully.
And that’s all I have to say about that. Except here comes Petraeus again. :P