When President Obama relieved General Stanley McChrystal of command in Afghanistan because of comments critical of his administration, there was a lot of debate about the wisdom of such a move. But although General McChrystal is a proven superior military leader, the President definitely made the correct move. And here's why:
In any organization, success depends upon every member of the team being dedicated completely to the group mission. While differences of opinion should be freely aired and considered within the group, once the person in charge makes a final decision as to policy, there's no place for public dissension. Especially in the military, where public criticism of the Commander-in-Chief exposes fault lines in the overall effort that could prove advantageous to the enemy.
While there's no dishonor in honest disagreement with the administration, if you're a part of it, you have to be in all the way. If you can't be, the proper solution is an amicable parting of the ways – not a public airing of dirty laundry.
I have no doubt General McChrystal is a good man and an outstanding military tactician. But President Obama requires and deserves the unqualified support of everyone under his command. And since General McChrystal was unable to subordinate his personal views to the larger mission, President Obama made the right decision.
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.