Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) Only Lawmaker To Object To Obama Firing McChrystal
Republican Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is the only lawmaker on record as objecting to President Obama letting General Stanley McChrystal go and replacing him with General David Petraeus. Franks says a private dressing down should have been enough and, anyway, McChrystal’s criticisms were valid:
“Moreover, General McChrystal had to reconcile the nearly irreconcilable political posturing of this Administration, to the extent that it often undermined General McChrystal’s efforts on the ground in Afghanistan. First, the Administration was unable to produce a plan for the Afghanistan war for the better part of a year, and when it finally decided upon its counter-insurgency strategy, it provided fewer troops than the Generals on the ground had requested, and then imposed an arbitrary July 2011 withdrawal date. Despite these difficulties, the General persevered in executing the war plan in an unbelievably difficult situation while earning the respect of the troops under his command. Ironically, it was the unguarded conversations amongst the General and his staff, reflecting the understandable frustration with the Administration’s policies, that ultimately led to General McChrystal being relieved of command…”Click here for reuse options!
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