Obama Relieves McChrystal Over Critical Remarks, Names Petraeus as Replacement
Published June 23, 2010
President Obama said Wednesday he feels no “personal insult” from Gen. Stanley McChrystal but accepted his resignation as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan because he couldn’t abide scathing comments by McChrystal and his aides that appeared in an article out this week in Rolling Stone magazine.
“The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general. It undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system. And it erodes the trust that’s necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan,” Obama said.
In Rose Garden remarks, Obama nominated Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command and the former commanding general in Iraq, to replace McChrystal. Petraeus’ confirmation hearing in the Senate could come as early as Thursday.
WOW! HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED!
Who would have thought that President Obama would need to call on the services of General David Petraeus? This is the same General Petraeus, Obama voted against as a senator and campaigned against as a presidential candidate. Obama still has not acknowledged that the Iraq Surge, which was led by Petraeus, was victorious.
Petraeus was labeled and slandered in a disrespectful ad created by MoveOn.org back in 2007, as General Betray Us.
Because the ad was so outrageous the U.S. senate voted to condemn the attack on the honor and integrity of General Petraeus. The vote was 72 – YEA and 25 – NAY with 3 NOT VOTING. Guess who 1 of the 3 not voting members was?? You’ve got it – Senator Barack Obama – and what makes you want to gag is just moments before he refused to vote ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ on the condemnation of the Petraeus ad he voted to derail it … unbelievable!