Top Democrat Obey wants McChrystal canned

The head of the House Appropriations Committee wants Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, fired for criticizing the administration. 

McChrystal and his aides were quoted in a Rolling Stone article making critical remarks about President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other top administration officials who deal with Afghanistan. 

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Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.), whose committee oversees funding for the military, said that McChrystal needs to go for violating the chain-of-command and challenging civilian control of the military. 

“In recent history — which runs from General MacArthur, to General LeMay, to General McChrystal, we have seen a long list of reckless, renegade generals who haven’t seemed to understand that their role is to implement policy, not design it," Obey said in a statement. "General McChrystal’s comments are not the first time we’ve seen a General contemptuous of his civilian superiors. It isn’t even the first time we’ve seen this General be contemptuous. But his comments, and those of his subordinates ... suggests that General McChrystal is locked into an ‘everybody is wrong but me’ approach to the world."

Most lawmakers have criticized McChrystal but have deferred to the White House on what should be done about McChrystal's future as Afghan commander. 

But the war-critic Obey, who took office in 1969, said that McChrystal has publicly challenged the administration's handling of the war one too many times to be left in his post. 

He referenced comments the general made at a conference in London last year, when he revealed a CIA plan that would have turned the country into "Chaosistan." 

“Anybody, including a U.S. Army General, is entitled to making a damn fool of themselves once. But General McChrystal hasn’t appeared to learn from his mistakes," he said. “His repeated contempt for the civilian chain of command demonstrates a bull headed refusal to take other people’s judgments into consideration. That is damn dangerous in somebody whose decisions determine life and death for American troops and others in the region."