War Hawk General Must Go

Robert Greenwald

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

Posted: June 22, 2010 11:30 AM

McChrystal Must Resign

For insubordination, for disrespecting the Office of the President of the United States and for allowing derision of the White House among his staff, General Stanley McChrystal must resign.

McChrystal has been summoned from Afghanistan to explain derisive comments and insubordination detailed in a new Rolling Stone article by Michael Hastings. As detailed in the article, the general and his staff were clearly disrespectful of the office of the president, as well as contemptuous of the civilian leadership of our country. McChrystal’s behavior and his toleration of similar behavior from his staff breeds an attitude of contempt for civilian leadership among his officers, and no Commander-in-Chief should tolerate it. McChrystal should resign, and the president should accept his resignation.

In the article, McChrystal and his aides heap derision on National Security Advisor Jim Jones (a “clown,”), Vice President Joe Biden (“Bite me,”), and the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

When shown the article prior to it’s publication, McChrystal didn’t push back:

Eric Bates, the magazine’s editor, said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that McChrystal saw the piece prior to its publication as part of Rolling Stone’s standard fact-checking process – and that the general did not object to or dispute any of the reporting.

My friend, Michael Cohen, cites the United States Code of Military Justice to show how cut-and-dry this decision should be:

Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

General McChrystal, his staff, and his friends over at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) have tried to manhandle this president from the beginning. They’ve played media games to try to force the president’s hand on the most recent troop increase in Afghanistan. Now they’ve been clearly insubordinate, clearly contemptuous of the civilian leadership of this country. He’s corroded respect for the chain of command and for civilian control of the military. He must resign.

If the president wants to preserve a strong White House for the next president, he has to accept the resignation.

Sign our petition calling for McChrystal’s resignation. We’ll send it to the Pentagon and the White House when McChrystal shows up to explain himself.

Deficit Hawk Orszag Must Go

by Randy Shannon

The rumor mills in DC are spinning the story that White House Budget Director Peter Orszag will be resigning. This is welcome news. Orszag is an apostle of Robert Rubin, the Goldman Sachs executive and a key neo-liberal leader.
In the debate on healthcare and general government spending, Orszag has been the point man for the “deficit fetishists.” They say the cost of programs is more important than their beneficial social and economic effects, excluding of course BTW (Bank bailouts, Tax cuts for rich, and War).
The deficit fetishists are mobilizing their vast networks of “leaders” and media to orchestrate a campaign to convince the public that the government must renege on its obligations to payout the medicare and social security funds to beneficiaries.

They are already strong enough in the Senate to block extension of unemployment compensation, COBRA health subsidies, emergency funds to help hard hit state budgets, and maintaining Medicare doctor compensation.
This victory of the neo-liberals in the Senate, which consist of the Blue Dog Democrats and all the Republicans will have dire consequences for millions of Americans out of work or currently working as firemen, police, teachers, counselors, and in maintenance. It will also push the economy to the verge of another crisis, or double dip.
Obama must push these neoliberals out of his administration and bring in the reborn Keynesians, who believe that spending is the way out of the crisis. Americans need to get back to work. Over 15 million are jobless and producing no value to support the economy. Axing Orsag is a step in the right direction.