General Stanley McChrystal is a warrior's warrior, a man largely at war for the past 9 years, and a man deeply schooled in the dark arts of special operating forces (SOF). He has earned our thanks and he has earned our admiration for his dedication to mission and to country. But he has also earned his ticket home.
I am not a big fan of this President; I am however, a fan of The Presidency, and Barack Obama fairly won the right to exercise the duties of the office. One of the duties of the office is to protect its prerogatives and its powers, chief among which is the power of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. General McChrystal's comments to a Rolling Stone reporter do not rise to the level of a UCMJ violation. They do however, rise to the level of a firing offense. No General in the field can conduct himself openly with the press the way McChyrstal did, and from the lax standards that seemed to have been enforced on his staff, it does not seem that McChrystal paid any particular attention to maintaining an appropriate level of discipline in others.
McChrystal spent almost his entire career in the secretive and cloistered world of SOF. That he was elevated to command of a Field Army was rare for a man not of the infantry, the armor, or the artillery. It does not appear to me that McChrystal's time in the shadows has served him well in the blinding light of field army command. Perhaps his miscues at the start of his tour there were--as the Obama team surmised then--a sign that he just wasn't for prime time.
Barack Obama must ask for his resignation; if he does not get it, he must fire him.
There are no indispensable Generals--but there is one indispensable office.