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  •  and macarthur (5+ / 0-)

    was at least a competent commander.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 01:04:44 PM PDT

    •  If I had been Obama, I would have fired the (2+ / 0-)
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      gogol, wsexson

      whole lot of them, Petreus included.  He has been stabbed in the back by all the Bush holdovers, one way or another.  They should all be gone.

      Petreus is actually considering mounting a run for the presidency in 2012.  If that is true, why should Obama think that he or his subordinates are working in the best interest of the country and/or the current administration?

      The military is becoming increasingly evangelized and they now think that they are on a crusade rather than a war for oil.  

      Obama doesn't want to go head to head with anyone, Truman did what he thought was the right thing and then lived with the consequences, Obama will not do that.

      •  Evidence doesn't support this statement (3+ / 0-)
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        Delilah, ETF, OldLady in BC

        Obama doesn't want to go head to head with anyone, Truman did what he thought was the right thing and then lived with the consequences, Obama will not do that.

        Obama went "head to head" with military brass during the planning meetings on Af/Pak. See my comment upthread.

        President Obama believes no one is indispensible. Color McChrystal gone.

        Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person. -Jan Edwards

        by SoCalSal on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 01:33:40 PM PDT

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        •  He may go at it with them in private, but (1+ / 0-)
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          he is not prepared to do a public hanging.  Until he is prepared to pull these guys up by the short hairs in front of god and the American people, they will continue to dump on him IN PUBLIC.  

          When the military is so bold as to publicly question civilian authority over the military, or to make fun of those supposedly in charge, there is a big problem.

          •  How Taliban-like (0+ / 0-)

            "Public hanging"? No thanks!! Not even as metaphor.

            he is not prepared to do a public hanging.  Until he is prepared to pull these guys up by the short hairs in front of god and the American people, they will continue to dump on him IN PUBLIC.  

            Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person. -Jan Edwards

            by SoCalSal on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 01:59:37 PM PDT

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    •  MacArthur (3+ / 0-)
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      gogol, vcmvo2, Laurence Lewis

      MacArthur showed brilliance at Inchon but then lost it in Korea. He was certainly one of our greatest soldiers ever, but he became too assured of himself and ignored the threat of Chinese intervention with disastrous results. It is so important for the civilian government to remain superior to the military.

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