Mark this day on your calendar because here is the moment that I admit that #BarackObama
did something right. He fired Army General #StanleyMcChrystal
Now, I would have fired him well before for failing to win the #Afghanistan
War. In World War II, which America incidentally won, we fired lots of #generals
for failing to win. It was nothing personal. You aren’t winning, so “Next!” Obama did (gently) fire McChrystal’s predecessor for failing to win; he was a good officer who, by coincidence, was literally onstage talking to my Army War College class the moment #Obama’s
firing of McChrystal was announced. But that’s about the only big-name general fired for not winning since the not-coincidentally Endless War on Terror™ began.
Anyway, Obama fired #McChrystal
because McChrystal surrounded himself with a staff that included petulant and childish folks who decided it was a smart idea to run down the commander-in-chief and Veep #JoeBiden
to a Rolling Stone reporter, who published it.
Look, I am second to none in my love of mocking the proud papa of unproud papa Hoover Biden, noted dope-huffing loser and Ukrainian gas industry expert, but when you are a general, you can’t disrespect the CinC or CinC, Jr. That doesn’t work. Similarly, President #DonaldTrump
needs to relieve the commander of the #NavalSpecialForcesCommand
. And then he needs to relieve that guy’s boss for failing to relieve his subordinate. Oh, and he also needs to relieve the chief of information, or whatever they call the head public affairs guy for the #Navy
, for allowing his command to issue passive aggressive statements disrespectful of the #President
And the garbage #Secretary-of-the-Navy
, who allegedly told “the #WhiteHouse
that a tweet is not an official order and if the president is ordering the Navy to end the #Trident
Review Board of #Gallagher
, he needs to do so in writing.” Can him.
The Brits know – well, knew – a bit about how to have a winning Navy and about properly orienting their admirals toward victory. After all, the purpose of a Navy is victory; the rum, sodomy and the lash parts are just fringe benefits.
In 1757, some effete British admiral named John Byng was ordered to hold Minorca and he didn’t. He "failed to do his utmost," so the Admiralty hauled him out onto the deck of a warship and shot him. #Voltaire
wrote about this uncompromising leadership technique in Candide and commented, “Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres,”
which essentially translates as “shoot an admiral every once in a while to encourage the others.”
Time to figuratively shoot some admirals.
Here’s what happened. The president used his constitutional prerogative to #pardon
or otherwise #restore
the rank of three accused military personnel, which some of us in the military community had…https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2019/11/25/fire-the-admirals-to-encourage-the-others---p--n2556977?pid=a1c192ab-9d37-4e31-945f-978c3d450921
Mark this day on your calendar because here is thetownhall.com