MacArthur to McChrystal: History repeats itself–well, sort of

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On April 10th 1951, Douglas MacArthur, a well-known war hero to the Allies’ success in World War II, was dismissed by Harry S. Truman for his stepping beyond his authority. MacArthur criticized Truman the president’s policy on the Korean War in a letter. MacArthur thought he could do better than the president. McChrystal’s rhetoric, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, suggests that he has a better idea of how to fight this war:

“The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked ‘uncomfortable and intimidated’ by the roomful of military brass” (Source: “The Runaway General” http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/119236) Ouch. How can McChrystal say such a thing? Even if Obama did look “uncomfortable and intimidated,” is that something you should say publicly to a country that is already so torn apart over this war? Unfortunately, you’ve already said it. So let’s see you back yourself up a bit. . .

Wait a second! McChrystal has already offered both an apology and a resignation, signifying his own acknowledgment to his poor choice of words (Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-22/mcchrystal-offers-resignation-after-disparaging-remarks-on-afghanistan-war.html).  Are you kidding me? McChrystal you have already done your damage with your opinion, so now why be a coward? At least, General MacArthur–though I personally disagreed with him almost entirely–had the courage to continue to believe in what he said, and not just criticize and apologize.

 

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