Conservatives who were outraged by the Dixie Chicks dissing George Bush in England seem to be just fine with General McChrystal’s more measured and damaging British disagreement with his Commander-in-Chief.
Regular readers (all 3 of you) know I’m disillusioned with Obama and might guess that I agree with McChrystal about the facts on the ground. But it’s more important to preserve the rule of law and take care of the system that provides the ring in which we jab at each other, than it is to land on any single jab.
It was obnoxious poor form for the Ditzy Chicks to air American dirty laundry on foreign ground. But they’re not sworn to the system like McChrystal is.
McChrystal taking his fight with Obama to the media isn’t just obnoxious, it’s a threat to civilian control of the military. Not a huge threat–cracks aren’t huge. But they’re dangerous, especially in an America where neither the left nor the right gives two shits about what keeps the electricity flowing while they fight over who controls the light switch.