Kucinich: Generals Who Spoke Publicly on Afghan Strategy Should Lose Jobs
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) this week said that U.S. generals
who spoke publicly about the nation's Afghan strategy during the
president's deliberations should lose their jobs.
is known for his anti-war views, told Russia Today in an interview
Wednesday that Congress should be making the final decision on whether
to go to war, not the president or his generals.
"Some of his generals made remarks publicly, which is really
unheard of," he said. "You know, generals are subordinate to the
president who is the commander-in-chief. He's the boss. And when
generals start trying to suggest publicly what the president should do,
they shouldn't be generals anymore."
comments come weeks after he introduced a resolution in Congress calling
for American forces to withdraw from the war-torn country.
U.S. and NATO commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal was
known for speaking publicly about the need for more troops in
Afghanistan. The top general in the country made several media
appearances after it was reported that he requested that
President Barack Obama send 40,000 additional troops or face "mission
McChrystal's words came as Obama and
the nation's top military and diplomatic officials weighed a new
strategy behind closed doors for months. Obama announced on Dec. 1 that
30,000 additional troops will be sent to Afghanistan and U.S. forces
will begin to withdraw in July 2011.
blamed Obama for the the generals' willingness to speak out, saying that
he gave them too much leeway.
"President Obama, who is a good
man, has given his generals a little too much leeway," he said.
"Congress has the obligation under our constitution to make the decision
whether to go to war."