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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sirota: Rogues gone wild - The Denver Post

Sirota: Rogues gone wild - The Denver Post

"I am in control here in the White House."

— Secretary of State Alexander Haig, 1981

Ah, the good old days when even a big shot like Gen. Al Haig could get in trouble for such mavericky declarations that defy basic constitutional precedents.

In the 21st century, that's ancient history. We've so idealized cowboy-style rebellion in matters of war and law enforcement that "going Haig" is today honored as "going rogue." Defiance, irreverence, contempt — these are the moment's most venerated postures, no matter how destructive or lawless.

The Bush administration's illegal wiretapping and torture sessions were the most obvious examples of the rogue sensibility. Then came McCain-Palin, a presidential ticket predicated on the rogue brand. And now, even in the Obama era, that brand pervades.

It began re-emerging in September with Gen. Stanley McChrystal's Afghan escalation plan. McChrystal didn't just ask President Obama for more troops. He went rogue, pre-emptively leaking his request to the media, then delivering a public address telling Obama to follow his orders.

Incredibly, few politicians or pundits raised objections to McChrystal's behavior. Worse, Obama meekly agreed to his demands, letting Americans know that when it comes to foreign policy, the rogue general — not the president — is in control in the White House.

Of course, while McChrystal's insubordination was extra-constitutional in spirit, he at least made the effort to obtain approval. The same cannot be said for the rogues inside Obama's Drug Enforcement Agency.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This article just reminds me that its time for all of us to wake up and join the Constitution Party. That seems to be our only hope.