Seeing Is Believing

As we speak, General Stanley McChrystal has had his 30 minute face-to-face with President Obama and has departed the White House.  No word yet on the outcome of that meeting.

There is mixed public opinion on this fracas whereby McChrystal dissed the Obama administration, their policies in Afghanistan and their diplomatic corps.  Certainly one would think that McChrystal would watch his four-star mouth when a reporter is right in front of him with recorder and pen and pad, even though he directed his thoughts to an aide, rather than the reporter.  McChrystal’s rogue nature is at best, an example of gossiping and ego-fulfillment.  At worst, his behavior is blatant insubordination.

Nevertheless, there are many who believe that the General’s military experience, doggedness to fight until victory is attained and knowledge of Afghanistan is worth any amount of public derision of the administration by the General.  They insist the war must be won (Ha!) and McChrystal is the man to do that.

I beg to differ.  McChrystal should resign effective immediately.  The first time my hackles were raised at his professional behavior was during the Pat Tillman fiasco.  Tillman gave up a lucrative career in professional football to join our armed forces and  serve his country.  He was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.  Friendly fire is a known and too often, frequent aspect of war.  McChrystal knew from the get-go that Tillman was thus killed, but withheld that information from Tillman’s distraught family.  In effect, McChrystal choreographed this cover-up to avoid any blame falling on the U.S. military for Tillman’s death.  Right then and there I knew there was some unethical, fatal flaw in the person of Stanley McChrystal, and I winced when President Obama made him our top military man in Afghanistan.

Now McChrystal has gone rogue again, by publicly criticizing his boss.  Does this need of McChrystal to override the chain of command for his own self-validation violate his professional obligations?  You betcha.  He needs to go.  Regardless of whether or not he is as skilled a wartime General as some say, the fact that he spoke against his Commander-in Chief’s policies is a complete infraction against Rule Number One in the military: obey your superiors.  Some of McChrystal’s spoken blunders might very well be correct.  However, he does not have the option of his opinions as long as he is employed by the United States Armed Forces.

Finally, in relation to this McChrystal incident, where in the world is General Petraeus and why hasn’t he taken control of this turn of events?  Seems to me that Petraeus should get his four-star tush in gear and step up to the plate of hiring and firing.

Similarly, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman of New Orleans has issued a ruling blocking President Obama’s six month deep water drilling moratorium.  The Judge stated that the economic survival of the area (and of the oil companies, no?) is more important than the health of its people and environment.  The deep oil rigs in question have been inspected and declared safe.  Didn’t we hear that before?  However, let us suppose that the regulatory agencies are correct and that these wells are indeed safe.  The real problem is that should there be an “unforseen” accident (remember that issue of good old “human error”), there are still no contingency plans to contain and clean up the subsequent mess.  How can this Judge Feldman make such a ruling when the solutions to righting any disasters are still not yet devised?

You should know that this Judge Feldman  had and still has investments in eight major oil companies.  Has he never heard of the term “recusal”?  Where are his professional ethics?  They are probably in the same gutter as General McChrystal’s.

McChrystal and Feldman both have acted in their professional capacity poorly and, in the end, for their own well-being and profit.  We have seen such behavior before from the likes of Enron, health care insurance companies, Wall Street, Madoff and now BP.  When will this devotion to profits over well-being end?

Hard to believe, but this was a BP advertisement just a few short years ago in 1999.  Actions speak louder than words and perhaps, we should be much more savvy in believing what we are seeing.

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2 Responses to “Seeing Is Believing”

  1. NatalieR Says:

    Correct on EVERY count! When oh when will ethics win out over profits? Some may say when hell freezes over. Well, all I have to say to them is WE and those who come after us MUST change their tune. A vote for ethics these dumb as&*Oles have not figured out yet is a vote for THEIR F*&^%ing profits…those IDIOTS. So saving 100 million by having a relief well ALREADY on standby thinking they can cut corners is IDIOCY and may put BP out of business or file bankruptcy. The judge’s unethical decision tainted by his oil puke investments I HOPE will get him impeached on conflict of interest charges, then prosecuted for corrupt actions and sent to jail. That miserable F*&^ it is UNBELIEVABLE how STUPID does he think we are..that imbecile.

    I always wonder: I saw a great documentary called GASLAND on HBO you can rent it. It is chilling about what these companies are doing ALL throughout PA and the south and Midwest when they drill for natural gas..it’s called fracting and it involves PUTRID chemicals which leach out into HUNDREDS of drinking wells and their water polluting everything they reach. Some of the hundreds of chemicals are KNOWN carcinogens and to smell this water smell like turpentine. You can ACTUALLY SET YOUR WATER ON FIRE AS IT COMES OUT OF THE TAP!

    Watch this documentary it will chill you. IF ANYONE from any company whatsoever wants to offer you $100,000 for the rights to drill on your land the answer is NO NO NO and NO again. The water becomes putrid and when it does your body will become putrid and your kids bodies will become putrid. Moreover, you will have to go from here to Timbuktu to get reimbursed for horrendous damages to EVERYTHING, you, your children, your pets (whose hair falls out), etc. If you ever say yes, all I can say is LAWYER UP!

    Do these CEO’s who make these horrendous decisions have children or grandchildren who have bought property in states like Wyoming, Arkansas or Pennsylvania and even up state NY? Where are these people’s consciences…UP THEIR WAZOO. They ultimately will be sued (HOPEFULLY) within an inch of their life. Just like Enron who if they had conducted themselves ethically thing would still be in business today. Instead they ruined hundreds and thousands of lives and put people in jail. It probably gave Kenny boy Lay a heart attack and killed him! (GOOD)

    Ethical conduct is PRICELESS if only these moronic big corporate interests would see that. Maybe some do but we just do NOT hear about them!

  2. NatalieR Says:

    As for McCrystal, after Tillman as well as his implication in torture, and other unethical and crass comments he got what he deserved — the boot. No one but NO ONE is irreplaceable.

    If he did this deliberately to get Obama and his administration I call that TREASON of the highest order. Actually what he did IS prosecutable under the Military Code…but will Obama do that? No way, we have to move always forward don’t you know! I say arrest him and charge him with treason. No more compromising with people who want to defeat you because in the end that is exactly what they will do!

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