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.
Kucinich, who 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."
Kucinich's 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 failure."
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.
Kucinich 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.”