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No, I don't think that.So then you think a retired FOGO should be prohibited from running for political office, as that would involve them embracing a certain set of political views?
I don't disagree, and am a strong proponent of the ideal that being apolitical in retirement for GOFOs strengthens the civ-mil relationship. I think we also agree that what Stan McChrystal can do, and what he should do, are not always the same thing.When a public figure like a retired GO/FO speaks in public, there are always consequences.
I saw the alert on my smartphone and just quickly typed the post - not trying to lob grenades (walking to flight line tapping out post). That said - the opportunities provided to me were a result in large part to Sec. Lehman and Sec. Webb so I have a sentimental spot for the man. Mr. Webb has demonstrated time and time again that he is an honorable man of conscience. While I don't agree with some of his positions (I'm not even sure of all of my positions now that I think about it) I do not doubt his sincerity.
That’s a pretty narrow view of the First Amendment you’ve got there.No, that's not the larger point here.
GEN (ret) McChrystal was a high-ranking member of the military. Right now he's a civilian. If he still was a high ranking officer, the comments he made would make sure that he didn't hold his position much longer.
This is why his interview was poor headwork. He knows that CNN is going to spin this as "military leadership has lost faith in Trump" that active duty military personnel are going to have to clean up. Not only that, instead of using his rank and experience to comment on something meaningful (conflict in the middle east, foreign policy, etc), he used it to hurl insults vis a vis "Trump is immoral."
I think that when you get as far as GEN McChrystal, you should be able to recognize that you shouldn't use your rank to go on CNN to disparage sitting presidents. This is especially egregious when Obama was nice enough to give him a waiver to keep his 4-star retirement the last time he had diarrhea of the mouth. My $0.02.