If President Barack Obama meets his goals in Afghanistan with the surge in troops like George W. Bush did in Iraq, he will quell the critics about taking his time to make the troop decision. However, if the plan fails, his troop surge decision will be the political death blow to his presidency.
But now President Obama should fire Gen. Stanley McChrystal for publicly announcing his troop needs back last summer without approval from his boss. Clearly, General McChrystal was disrespectful, if not insubordinate, to his boss, President Obama. Mr. Obama needs to send this message to the military commanders, reminding them who they serve, and showing the American public he, and not a military general, is the commander in chief.Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace
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