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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+7 # Tom 2011-11-05 09:05
I hope Major General Fuller finds a nice cushy defense contractor job to retire to. His family deserves the fruits of his years of patriotic service.
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+3 # Chigger 2011-11-05 09:07
Mike,
Unfortunately the “isolated from reality pill" is issued upon arrival to the "DC Beltway" & DOD wide.
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+2 # Steve Reich 2011-11-05 09:09
The comments are here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/67653.html
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+8 # jon505 2011-11-05 09:43
At least he had the guts to speak his mind whilst in service instead of leaving and then putting it in his memoires years later. Generals who do that loose all respect. This is good guy but those in power will not see it that way. Good luck Gen.
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+10 # Mitch Rapp 2011-11-05 09:43
May the General run for the Senate or the House so we can get some honest, intelligent representation

It seems like General Allen needs an enema to clean out his fawlty reasonings that is fouling his mind
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# MBritton 2011-11-05 10:15
The truth would be twisted by someone (media, or politicians) and he would be held out of office. Too damn bad.
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+11 # Bill Fox 2011-11-05 10:12
How sad we've become. Karzai can state clearly where Afghanistan would stand in a war between the U.S. and Pakistan after all we've done for him. Our General tells the truth and the Army or DOD or whoever is behind this disembed's him in the name of PC. It's truly despicable and makes me feel ashamed for our once great Nation.
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+2 # guest 2011-11-05 10:28
Karzai's comments were intended for a domestic audience. The general should have realized that. But, General Fuller is close to the situation, and probably knows that much of what he says is true.
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+6 # J Callender 2011-11-05 10:41
If you think Karzai is out for the greater good of the world arena and his fellow Afghanis, you are the one who is isolated from reality. Kudos to MG Fuller for having the integrity to speak. I'm sure he did so knowing full well what the result would be.
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+6 # Colin 2011-11-05 10:54
I assume this action was meant to appease the Karzai government. In actuality, in the Middle East this kind of sucking up is interpreted as weakness, it will have the effect of emboldening further unhelpful actions.
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+9 # Valerie 2011-11-05 10:58
If more of our 'on the ground brass' were allowed to say the truth, we'd be far ahead of the PC crap that has been sinking our nation for the past few years. America is tired of their hard earned dollars supporting countries that have no problem making public statements about how they feel about us which is mostly negative. The Lord Bless you, MG Fuller!!
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+6 # A&N 2011-11-05 12:10
Don't be surprised about the Officers being "removed" right and left, Mike. We have our own war here in Arizona...a full fledged invasion and if we fight back we get sued, slapped and told to sit down and shut up. They prosecute our border patrol men if they stop drug cartel people and if our Sheriffs catch them the Feds turn them loose...to attack us again...with arms that the Feds have given them. You talk about betrayed...The truth is all that will counter these treasonist acts...if we have enought citizens who are willing to fight it. Not all patriots are in the Military....but you have to look hard for the civilian ones anymore. All seem brainwashed with lies and PC. Keep giving us the truth Mike...for as long as they allow you to do so. And watch you back as well as your step. There is no honor among traitors.
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+1 # jetdrvr 2011-11-06 01:02
Not all patriots are in the Military....but you have to look hard for the civilian ones anymore.

We're out here. Don't give up.
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+1 # Jeffrey Plants 2011-11-05 14:30
Mike:

Greatly enjoy your writings, sometime it seems as if you are the Lone Ranger, Eh?
Recently read a book called "Ghost Wars" that Gentleman expains where Karzai came from and who he is beholding to.
Happy Landings Airborne.

LTC J. Plants (r)
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+1 # Ted Thomas 2011-11-05 16:55
FACT: Once we retreat from Afghanistan, the Taliban will send Karzai a little note asking what time of day he would prefer to be killed-- UNLESS he convinces them he is their stooge.

In light of this, what would Gen. Fuller have had him say instead?

Truth and courage are important, and I appreciate Gen. Fuller putting his career on the line. However, the American taxpayer is clearly not willing to do what it takes to win this war. Otherwise, Pres. Hussein (that's his name) would have been howled down for his multiple retreats from battle here and in Iraq. We don't get to fight the was we wished we had, do we?... just the one we're got.
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# Steve Tew 2011-11-05 21:34
PAO is running things. Their policy is the CIC's policy. This general was sacked by Obama. It would not happen without CIC getting a whiff of it and responding with a suggestion...
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+2 # sjw54 2011-11-06 05:24
Bravo to Fuller......... ...I am totally disgusted with Karzai and those he has chosen to surround himself with. I am so offended by his attitude and lack of respect and gratitude for what we have done...his comments recently regarding Pakistan infuriated me....almost everything he says and does infuriates me...and Fuller's comment about stabbing him in the eye with a needle is spot in. They do not appreciate what we have done....though many of the Afghan people do, those who run the country do not seem to....they just take and take and take some more.
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+1 # Guest 2011-11-06 09:05
I have no sympathy for this general officer and I think this episode shows an acute lack of judgement. I am more concerned that the Army put him in this sensitive job. If you read his bio you find out he has not held an operational command since he was a company commander in 1987. He has been in esoteric research and development positions ever since. Also, in 10 years of warefare he has managed to avoid deploying. This was his first deployment in theater and it was into a job that requires much cultural sensitivity and patience which he clearly did not have.

I have worked closely with Afghan forces and found them to be very brave and loyal. Are there problems? Sure! CSTC-A/NTM-A's job is to work with them and help them fix the problems. I would expect a senior officer to do his job and know enough not to run his mouth around reporters, especially about our allies.
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# kelly 2011-11-07 13:37
I think we have to quite 'pussy-footing around' with Karzai and tell him
the American people are entitled to the kind of truth that General Fuller
wasn't affraid to say publically, which has already been understood in private circles.
Karzai is playing us, almost as much as the Pakistani's... Our precious
men and women in the armed forces mean more to us, than to waste them
on this corrupt leader, ungracious leader, whose bottom line, has very little regard for
the sacrifice American make each day (in his country).. sacrifices that keeps him in power.

Maybe... we don't wait for 2014.. and just bring home the troops. Karzai has betrayed
our trust and the respect from the American people. Who will be the next one
sacked, for stepping-up and rejecting the anti-American sentiment coming
from this leader, who takes us for granted... for our blood and billions.
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# Guest 2011-11-08 21:55
MG Fuller is telling the truth and the Army is doing a disservice by sacking him. Another dereliction of duty by the US Army. He has my full support. Karzai is nothing more than the mayor of Kabul and anything outside Kabul is beyond his control. No politicians like a general who tells the truth for his men and women serving under him or her. God Bless MG Fuller for telling the truth unlike those politicians who lied to the public.
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