Michael's Dispatches

Afghanistan: Major General Disembedded from US Forces

05 November 2011

Another General has been sacked in Afghanistan.  Major General Peter Fuller will be sent packing for speaking his mind.  From what I have read, MG Fuller told the truth and nothing but the truth, but he'd need a lot more time to tell the full truth.  His remarks, as quoted, were dead on target.

This American applauds MG Peter Fuller.  He lost one job but there will be others, and he kept his integrity.

How many Generals and other senior commanders have been fired in this war?  I lost count a long time ago.  It's more than a busload.  Interestingly, MG Fuller got disembedded for the same reasons I did.  Public Affairs warned me in writing about things I was writing.  The general was fired for comments deemed inappropriate.

If this were back closer to the beginning of the war, his comments might be deemed naïve.  But today, they are probably the result of being tired of BS after a decade of blood and billions.

“Major Gen. Peter Fuller, a top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, was relieved of his duties Friday after comments he made to POLITICO disparaging Afghan President Hamid Karzai and calling the government’s leaders “isolated from reality.”

Gen. John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, ousted Fuller following what the coalition called his “inappropriate public comments.”

“These unfortunate comments are neither indicative of our current solid relationship with the government of Afghanistan, its leadership, or our joint commitment to prevail here in Afghanistan,” Allen said in a statement.

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