The Day Ahead: October 8th
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This is exactly right, Jim, and your analysis of both MacArthur’s military brilliance and Truman’s correct decision to fire him is spot on.
If a soldier is given a legal order, he is obliged to obey it. Period.
I lost count of the number of stupid orders I had to follow after my first week of basic training. When I became a Warrant Officer later in my career and had to implement the nonsensical orders of 21-year-old 2LT’s, often over my privately stated objections, I learned a hard lesson in tongue-biting, but I never undermined my commander and always presented a unified front to my troops. McChrystal is not doing this, and–as much as I loathe Obama–McChrystal is wrong.
I am really surprised that people who purport to have military experience actually think that soldiers should have the right to question legal orders. This is profoundly dangerous line of thinking, and one that disturbs me greatly.
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