TOOTAl2 asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Why could the generals talk about Afghanistan when bush was in office but 0bama wont let them talk about it?

Obama has stop his generals from talking about Afghanistan. but they did all the time when bush was in office.

Is the 0bama a control freak?

15 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best answer

    Actually no he's not, but he is leaning on an old precedent that got General Douglas MacArthur fired.

    It was James Jones, the national security advisor, who first criticized General McCrystal for not following protocol, by talking to the press instead of to his immediate superior, as expected.

    In this White House, protocol is a little uncertain. There seems to be a lot of doted lines, many that go directly to the president. General McCrystal did talk with 0bama, at least once, about troop strength. it was 0bama who has done nothing in response to the generals request, so maybe he wasn't as far out of line as Jones claims.

    This response is so typical of this White House. It creates little obstacles to draw attention away from the more serious issue, capitulating to the Taliban.

    I thought General Jones response was a little disingenuous, he knowing the problem General McCrystal is having with this president who cannot make decisions. It would be a major disappointment for me and a myriad of present and former Marines, to think that it's former Commandant was now a lackey for this most incompetent president.

  • cantcu
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I believe Generals were allowed to talk under Bush only if authorized. Bush fired more Generals and covered up more lies than any president I know of in my lifetime, including Nixon and Reagan.

    Generals are under a Chain-of-Command of which the President of the United States is the Commander in Chief. You don't go around your commanders and that did not start with Obama. Selective leaks are unacceptable as they could risk lives.

    If you were ever in the military you would know that. If anyone has put a muzzle on them it is the Secretary of the Defense, Robert Gates!

    Bush was a control freak...and a fascist!

  • 1 decade ago

    There you go again rewriting history to expunge Bush II's record of intolerance of internal debate, deceit and incompetence. Bush II reassigned or fired the generals who told him to finish what he started in Afghanistan rather than split the military resources between Afghanistan and Iraq and likely lose both wars. Those are the facts. So far, Obama is listening to all sides in the debate rather than exiling everybody who doesn't agree with him to Siberia.

  • 1 decade ago

    Just piling on here.

    Bush fired the generals who disagreed with him.

    Obama is not censoring any generals. McChrystal is getting some pushback for announcing that a certain policy will not work, even though it had not even been proposed.

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  • guru
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Disobedience (insurbordination) of a superior officer including the Commander-in-Chief is often a court martial offense under the US Military Code of Justice.

    People are free to resign their commissions if they do not feel they can live up to the job that they signed on for.

    PS. If you work, insubordination is often grounds for termination as well.

    Welcome to society.

  • 1 decade ago

    I see. Was it the generals who told Bush to abandon Afghanistan and start a pointless illegal war in Iraq?

  • 3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i'd like to add that the other night i saw a recently retired general being interviewed. he had met with obama a couple times, and reported that obama was serious, courteous, and seemed genuinely interested in what he had to say, UNLIKE the previous president.

    bush fired or reassigned every general who privately disagreed with him, including a former general who was his first secretary of state. i notice that even though mcchrystal spoke publicly, HE still has his job.

  • 1 decade ago

    No. Because they are breaking the chain of command and it's inappropriate to do so. The fact that the incompetent Bush allowed it doesn't make it right.

    And, Bush did let them speak...then FIRED them when they disagreed.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because they are telling the truth and it is making Obama look like the incompetent boob that he really is

    The more time he takes making his decision as CIC it will cost more troops their lives

    Stop worrying about your approval ratings and do you god damn job

    Source(s): USMC 1989-1993
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