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So why was that General fired?

Explain it to me like i'm five. Because the news confuses me.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:06 AM on Jun. 24, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (19)
  • Because he was a naughty boy and said things he shouldn't have said. Sort of like when you hear your parents making funny noises in their room after dark, you aren't supposed to make those noises in public while telling people that those are the noises mommy and daddy make after dark. Or when you hear an adult say a bad word, you don't repeat it.

    There, is that simple enough?


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:11 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • Because he said things about the president that he shouldn't have said.

    Answer by christaberk at 10:12 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • Okay what did he say?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:14 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • He was talking smack about his boss and the democratically elected civilian leadership of our country. I don't disagree with what he said specifically, but he should have known better than to say what he did. Personally, I think with the ninny rules of engagement that have been set by our current administration have effectively tied our military personnel's hands and there really is no way to win. Obama has never served int he military and he doesn't understand the task at hand and what it will take to end this whole thing. His policies regarding the wars will just make them endless until we get strong leadership back in the WH that will either make the decision to go full force and end it, or pull out and end it. Either way, end the damned wars.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:21 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • He was being himself and being honest. They fired the man who was most needed and they fired him because he said things others thought but were too afraid to say out loud. He was a four star general but he was not afraid to be down with his men. Men like him are needed .

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 10:30 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • The comments were made during an interview for the Rolling Stone Magazine that isn't even available to the public yet. It goes on sale on Friday. Not only that but the SOME remarks are NOT going to be published in the magazine, because they were "off the record". The comments that were published are things like: McChrystal thought Obama looked "uncomfortable and intimidated" by the roomful of military brass.  Rolling Stone has the article posted on their site.  Basicly He felt that the Obama White House doesn't have a clue on what they are doing!


    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 10:41 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • The bigger question is why? Did he want out of the entire situation, and made the remarks to force Obama's hand?


    Answer by Sisteract at 10:46 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • pinkdragon -

    Generals who can't follow the UCMJ and set a bad example for their men (and it is a bad example - if his men did it, they'd be punished in a worse fashion) are....needed?

    Answer by DusterMommy at 11:00 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • sisteract - You could be right, everyone in the military knows you are not to say anything against a higher ranked officer and as much as it pains me to say, Obama is his commanding officer.

    Answer by shanlaree at 11:18 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • He broke the military code of ethics. You do not disrespect the Commander in Chief, not in public anyway. He chose to breach his contract with the military and our government and therefore was asked to resign. He got what he deserved. He will keep his rank and pension so really how bad is it? He can write a book in a few months, make a few bucks and all his accomplishments won't be wiped from our military records as some ladies were saying yesterday. He was not fired afterall, he was asked to resign.

    Answer by parrishsky at 11:23 AM on Jun. 24, 2010

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