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Sorry to hear about the resignation, General McChrystal. Officers do travel a hard road.
Oh, he violated the UCMJ alright, and more. His conduct afterward was becoming an officer, though, to include resignation of his post.
Humans have human failings, and many of us have yet to move past the ones that could get us into big trouble. This holds true regardless of status or position. As this situation makes all too clear, rules and codes to live by often influence us much less than inner motivations and patterns of behavior. The codes, however, are the ultimate determiners of conduct as far as the rest of the world is concerned. I can't speak to the general's motivations, of course, but I can speak to that.
Aside from all of this, I smell a book deal in the works. That may be an interesting read. And thanks to mouse for posting this. She's a sweetie.
I have to believe that there is something more to this than meets the eye. Hard to believe that the General and his staff would let down their guard infront of a reporter who was not an embed and withoutstrict guidelines from the public affairs people. Maybe we will learn the whole story after the dust settles.
Having said that it appears that based on news reports he will be retired at 4 star rank which means $150,000 +/- in pre tax pension plus any other perks that will follow whether it be book and consultant opportunities.
Oh brother give me a break. Smells of Corporate Army.
SFC Alejandro Villalva, 13BX40 said:
That is such an over simplification its insulting. Clearly shows you haven't a clue.
Andrew Lubin said:The Army Times article is rather self-serving. It does not address the quotes from Col Flynn, McC's public affairs officer, who was at the dinner, and it's curious that Flynn has yet to make any comments about his role in this mess. Seems to me that's he's totally derelict in allowing his junior-level PAO's to mouth-off in such a fashion- if in fact they did. However in typical Army style, they allow McC to retire as a 4-star, nothing happens to Flynn, and the Army blames 'unnamed junior staff' for the entire incident. That's the leadership style that brought us Jessica Lynch, Pat Tillman, Abu Gharab, Wanat, and FOB Keating - no wonder they find it difficult to recruit soldiers //