The Decider

President Obama finally acted like a commander-in-chief Wednesday with his handling of the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the now former U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Obama pulled no punches and didn’t sound too apologetic in his Rose Garden speech explaining to the American people the tough decision he had to make.

The president channeled another commander-in-chief, Harry Truman, who had a similar decision to make with renegade General Douglas MacArthur, whom he fired.

Truman’s popularity plummeted after that and he never regained it during his presidency. But history hasshown that Truman may have been the best president of the 20th century. Republicans even like him.

McChrystal is no MacArthur and Obama is no Truman. The circumstances, though, with a military leader snubbing his nose at his commanderwas cause for dismissal.

The general tendering his resignation made it possible to save a little face. Like a good soldier, he took his punishment like a man.

Having served in the military, I can tell you that the code of conduct is serious business. McChrystal went against that code and he deserve to lose his command.

Obama left no doubt who’s in charge here. He not only stepped up to the plate, he knocked one out of the park.

It shows you how tough this or any other president can be when he has to make swift decisions on circumstances that are not beyond his control.

Unlike the Gulf oil spill, which is beyond anyone’s control.

Obama gave McChrystal the usual thanks for your service send-off — the whole nation owes you a debt of gratitude for your distinguished service thing, which he deserved.

This wasn’t a “Seven Days in May” scenario where a renegade decorated military commander took steps to take over the government because he and his cohorts thought the president was weak. McChrystal isn’t that messianic. But the fact there are some people in America who think that of the president and would like to see the military take over.

Paging Rush Limbaugh, leader of the lunatic right wing fringe of the Republican party.

Idea for a screenplay: “Two Days in June.” A blowhard minority-hating radio meglomaniac named Lush Rumba takes total control of every radio station in America for two days. Until his fathead explodes.

One would think Limbaugh and Hannity and Beckerwood are working overtime to try to put a spin on the Obama-McChrystal main event by painting Obama as the villain.

But Obama has the better of them on this one. And he succeeded at that by doing something no one in the Brainy Beltway saw coming: He replaced McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus — you know, the Iraq War surge commando that Hannity, Limbaugh and Fox News thought walked on water.

Brilliant strategy on Obama’s part.

Your move, bozos.

They’ll have no choice but to pivot back to the Gulf oil crisis, and how Obama goes golfing on Father’s Day when tar balls are creeping up on Florida shores.

These guys don’t have the stones to take McChrystal’s side anymore now that Petraeus is running the whole show.

They could always try the selective amnesia bit — you know, not remembering anything that went down the toilet during the Bushy war years.

Speaking of Foxholes, last night they were ripping on Rolling Stone magazine —- you know, blame the liberal media for reporting news that Fox doesn’t think they should report and you should decide.

Rolling Stone, that hippie, commie, left wing-nut, fetus killing, same-sex lovin,’ go green, baby, green, global warming doomsayers of a rag.

“What was McChrystal thinking?” one Foxhole chortled. “It’s Rolling Stone. Hello!”

That’s right, don’t blame McChrystal or his band of brothers for trash-talking their civilian bosses —- for publication, no less.

Blame the rag for the actual reporting.

Maybe you can use the excuse that McChrystal’s buddies didn’t think anyone would read the article because they wouldn’t get past the cover that features a nearly nekkid Lady Gaga.

Worse —- Rolling Stone is print media. You know, the extinct journalism.

Minor league to the electonic media major league.

Yes, once again it was print journalism that broke a big story that had major repurcussions.

With all its bells and whistles of the latest in modern technology, the electronic media couldn’t break this one either. They had to do follow-ups.

Echoes of a print publication of even lesser credibility than Rolling Stone —- the National Inquirer — breaking another big story (albeit salacious) about golf great Tiger Woods’ harem. It was the tabloids —- holy William Randolph Hurst! —- that forced the electronic media to devote wall-to-wall coverage of the bawdy details.

Tiger hasn’t been the same — on the links, anyway —- ever since.

McChrystal will be alright. He’ll probably end up being a Fox News contributor and they’ll treat him like the guy who got railroaded by President Jesus Hater.

Obama may not be feeling so good about himself for the speech he had to make to, in effect, fire one of his wartime generals.

But that doesn’t mean some of us who were waiting for him to finally show some spine can’t feel a little better about him.

Especially that bombshell naming Petraeus to replace McChrystal.

That had to have Limbaugh reaching for the oxycontin bottle.

One would like to think that when Obama spoke in private to the general, he told him something like, “You’re out as top commander in Afghanistan. Now go plug that damn hole in the Gulf!”

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