Kucinich: Fire Gen. McChrystal and Others Who Spoke Publicly for Afghan Surge

December 27, 2009

(ChattahBox)— The outspoken Democrat from Ohio, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who ran in the 2008 presidential primary, gave an interview to Russia Today to talk about restoring the power to declare war to congressional lawmakers. During the interview, he chastised President Obama’s military commanders, who publicly spoke out demanding additional troops for the war in Afghanistan, before Obama and his team had made their decision concerning the future strategy of our military presence in the region. Kucinich told Russia Today, that those generals who publicly pressured Obama for additional troops should be fired. General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan was the most vocal general, advocating a surge.

Raw Story notes that the anti-war lawmaker, believes the Obama administration was pressured by his generals to deploy an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. There is “no question” that Obama was pressured said Kucinich.

Kucinich then suggested that Generals who go rogue should be fired, because the President as Commander-in-Chief has the final say on military matters, and not his generals:

“Some of [Obama's] generals made remarks publicly, which is unheard of. Generals are subordinate to the Commander-in-Chief. When generals start trying to suggest publicly what the president should do, they shouldn’t be generals anymore. That’s the way it works. And frankly, President Obama, who is a good man, has given his generals a little too much leeway.”

Kucinich also wants to grab back some of the war powers from the executive branch:

“We’ve had a series of presidents who have basically taken the initiative to go to war and hadn’t really checked with Congress,” Kucinich said. “Richard Nixon prolonged a war in Vietnam and he did so when many efforts were made by members of congress to cut off funds.”

See the Raw Story for more.


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