Byron York: "No doubt" that Obama would be "fully justified" in firing McChrystal
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From the Washington Examiner, published on June 22:
The former military man is under no illusions about the general nature of relations between the military and the civilian leadership. "I don't consider this an anomaly," he says. "You can find examples of this going back to the founding of the republic. Nevertheless, it is very disturbing that he would have such disdain for the civilian leadership."
Obama is in a bind with McChrystal. There's no doubt Obama would be fully justified in firing his top general. But at the same time Obama has committed himself to a rigid timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan. Changing commanders could complicate that enormously. Right now, because of his own policy decisions, the president has no good choice.
- Byron York