Before you comment, you need to read the article in Rolling Stone. It is long and peppered with the “f” word but this is the military and it is Rolling Stone not the Wall Street Journal.
When I first heard this story I thought, this guy needs to go. Then I thought more about it, and more about it, and I have now come to the conclusion that he made a mistake and a bad choice of words but should he be fired for it, no. It is being compared to Truman V MacArthur during the Korean Conflict. This situation was completely different.
Gen. MacArthur was relived of command for failure to follow the orders of the President. One of those I believe was to not speak with the press. Orders are orders and all of the folks in the military need to obey them no matter what your rank.
That is not the case in this situation. Again, read the article before you comment. He speaks frankly about the President, who I have heard him say he voted for, and the Vice President. He speaks about personal meetings they had when he said Obama looked “uncomfortable” in the room with all the brass. I am sure many would in the same situation. He did not do anything against policy or disobey any orders. He did not make his boss look great, but is that a crime, no. Was it a mistake, yes.
Deacon Michael Hyatt has some interesting observations on this issue on his wonderful blog. Deacon Michael is the President and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing and writes on leadership topics.
Should he resign, no. Should he be fired, no. Should he have a stern taking too, yes. Then get back to work and wrap this thing up. This war has been dragging on long enough, let’s get down to business and get it over with and bring everyone home.