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BLITZER'S BLOG: Fired for telling the truth
November 7th, 2011
01:24 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Fired for telling the truth

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller has served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years. He rose through the ranks to become a two-star general. He often risked his life in battle for the United States. Most recently, he’s been in the war zone, serving as the deputy commander of the American-led NATO mission to train and equip Afghan forces. In short, he’s a real military hero.

But it deeply saddens me to learn that Gen. John Allen, the U.S. commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, has effectively fired Fuller for telling the American people the truth.

In an interview the other day with Politico, Fuller called key elements of the Afghan government “isolated from reality,” which is true.

He said that many of the Afghan leaders don’t appreciate America’s sacrifice for their nation, which is also true.

And referring to Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent statement that he would side with Pakistan if there were ever a war between Pakistan and the United States, Fuller said Karzai’s comments were “erratic.”

Fuller said: “Why don’t you just poke me in the eye with a needle! You’ve got to be kidding me. … I’m sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion, and now you’re telling me, ‘I don’t really care’?”

In announcing that Fuller has been relieved of his duties, Allen said: “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 added: “The Afghan people are an honorable people, and comments such as these will not keep us from accomplishing our most critical and shared mission: bringing about a stable, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.”

Fuller’s comments were clearly undiplomatic and blunt, but they were true.

For more than 10 years, the U.S. has sacrificed blood and treasure to liberate Afghanistan from the Taliban and al Qaeda. But Karzai has often made erratic statements that seem so out of touch with reality.

U.S. taxpayers are still spending roughly $2 billion a week to maintain 100,000 troops in Afghanistan for at least another three years. That’s more than $100 billion a year – money that could be used to reduce America’s deficit or for other purposes at home.

The fact that an American war hero is fired for telling the truth to the American people is shocking.

I know that Allen is an honorable man. He made a major mistake and should move quickly to fix it.

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  1. ken

    No Democrat, no news journalist will ever accept the truth! It is a firing offense. Grin! Heck, my grown kids were taught in grade school to never cite the news media to support a fact. Democrats are born incompetents or they just lie!

    November 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  2. ChrkeePrde

    Our nation needs to get a better grip on reality. Long term troubles are looming on the near-term frontier and the best thing for us to do is to choose honest, head-on-shoulders law makers who are willing to face the problems and act quickly. It seems to me this guy was down-to-earth. The people have the power to choose their leaders in this country and their decision is based on the truth. The truth must not me covered up, lest it come back with whip and knife.
    That was very un-American of John Allen... he must reconsider. He has to tell the truth to the eventual decision-maker: the American Citizen.

    November 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  3. conoclast

    The military operates under a totally different legal environment than do civilians; insubordination is simply - and rightly
    - not tolerated at any level. Fuller shoots his mouth off; he gets his wrists slapped: that's the UCMJ way. Personally I'm glad he spoke out; his military peers, not-so-much.

    November 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  4. Doug

    Our military leaders are not allowed to be the warriors they are trained to be. They have to be political, and vocalize the party-line. We are not fighting a war to be won militarily. Our military is having their hands tied by the Washington elite...most of whom have never worn a military uniform, or lost a son or daughter to war. Send all 535 members of the House and Senate, and let them fight the war the way they have allowed our troops to fight. None of them would survive a minute.

    November 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  5. Bobby

    Why is war hippocritical? Because of this. Had the man made the same comments about Iraq, he would receive a medal of honor. This is Obama's war, so everything is perfect just like Bush's war. Politics over the lives of US military personnel. All a buch of hippocrits.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  6. Don Baltimore

    MG Fuller probably should run for Congress. Washington could use more people with some backbone. Our military should not be used as diplomats. It is all well and good for soldiers to be kind to the people whenever possible, but soldiers are trained to kick ass while diplomats are trained to kiss ass! Getting these abilities crossed can be hazardous to one's career.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  7. Dave

    Wolf, you're dead wrong on this and should know better! I bet if one of your staffers publicly criticized your show or CNN's objectivity, they'd be gone in a heartbeat. General Fuller is a soldier and his brief does not include criticizing other nations - that's what diplomats do. It's sad when a dedicated soldier steps in it, but he's been in the military long enough – and wears enough stars – to know the consequences of what he said.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  8. mdcambridge

    My brother was a West Pointer and knew most of the generals of today. He said that it is not the place of the military to affect policy but to obey. The way I read this is that since Fuller is not an elected official, the democratic process requires that we elect officials to set policy and the unelected military should follow the orders of the elected officials, barring outright violation of the law. Otherwise, you have anarchy with a powerful unelected military body.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  9. Billy Bob

    For those that can't comprehend the words you read, I'll try to use small words so you can understand. Omaba did not fire Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller. Gen. John R. Allen, the NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan, did. Allen answers to NATO and Afghan President Karzai. Fuller made statements that are untrue. Afghanistan will NOT aid Pakistan if attacked by the United States.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  10. Edski675

    Gen Fuller is a brave man and he has my utmost respect for telling the truth that Obama and Cameron don't want people to hear. I live in the United Kingdom by the way... I am totally fed up with this endless and unwinnable war, for the sacrifice of so many of our country's finest young men and women for an ungrateful snake oil salesman. All is not well in Afghanistan. We have made major advances, but it will take years more hard sacrifice. Gen Fuller told it like it is and I'm severely diisappointed that Obama sacked him.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  11. MyOpinion

    The Erratic comments from Karzai suggest that Afghanistan is prepared to bite the hand (of America) that feeds it.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  12. Alex Gessong

    General Fuller is a professional soldier. He knows how to fight and win battles. He's not a professional diplomat. Professional diplomats know what not to say. He's not the first general to speak his mind and reap the consequences, and he won't be the last. This kind of thing has happened for centuries. Sometimes the best comments is "I can't comment on that. I'm a soldier, not a diplomat."

    November 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  13. Matthew Harris

    Congratulations, 1 million plus murdered and the Afghan govt finally admits to them not caring about a measly 11.6 billion which the homeless and economically hurt here in America so desperately need. Get out of the middle east, get out of the 100+ countries our military is in. Take care of home!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  14. Mike Surgenor

    Gen. Fuller must have known his comments would stir a hornet's nest and in the end, his candor would cost his job. At least he can go with his head held high for speaking the truth and Gen. Allen or someone else in the administration needs to yank Mr. Karzai's chain immediately. If he cannot feign appreciation for what the American government and people have sacrificed for his country then perhaps we should leave him to Pakistan, the Taliban or the next in line to fill the vacuum. After all, that will be the final result.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  15. XandrdC

    Sorry, Wolfie, but generals are not there to "tell the truth" or delve into political matters. They sole job, er mission, is to execute the orders of the President of the United States. The minute that an officer in a command position begins to ramble about non-operational, political matters, it's time for a reassignment. There is a reason why there is civilian command over military operations, and the instance the military (or one of its commanders) starts to take a political position, this safety mechanism becomes endangered.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  16. Nuts

    Gen Allen, you have no backbone, how about supporting a soldier who has the guts to speak the truth! You pathetic coward, why don't you go and support the Pakis. As a former US Army officer, I was trained to serve with honor and to speak the truth which Gen Fuller did...he should be commended for having the balls to say what we all know is true.. How was Karzai's comment misunderstood and Gen Fuller's comment resulted in you firing him. Do the honorable thing and pull the trigger.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  17. ppas

    Wolf, are you kidding me? This guy should have been fired. If you don't think so, then trying telling the truth about the internal workings of CNN and see how long you would last.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  18. Gene Cole

    It sounds like he deserved to be fired. He should have had more sense than to say what he did. He would not have had to lie; no comment works just fine.

    And, military people can be fired for telling various truths. For instance, if a general was asked what he thought of President Obama, he could truthfully reply that the President is a leftist freak who should never had been elected. However, any military person who says that to the press would and should be fired (and courts-martialed, too.).

    November 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • Jeff

      The General was right in telling the people what is really going on with their monies. He works for us too. I worked with a Middle Eastern country that thought the same way. They wanted all the pretty toys to show off, but when the crap hits the fan, the soldiers disappeared and expected some else will fight it. Never mind the fact that no Middle Eastern country wants Americans in their region. It is a necessary evil.

      The average Middle Eastern is more loyal to their tribe than their country. So as soon as we are not, watch what each tribe does and not the country as a whole. They were throwing rocks at each other a thousand years ago, and will continue after we are gone. Only the rocks are bigger.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Keyser

      You ask a military man a question and he is going to give it to you straight with no sugar-coating... We now live in the bizzaro world where right is wrong and however much you can steal, lie of cheat is the message of the day...

      November 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • squalie2

      Why is it that we can sit here and exercise the right of free speech protected by the men and women of the military, but they cannot exercise that same right? Seems to me that the government is more than hypocritical. The right to challenge our leaders as an American citizen should not be infringed upon because one serves in the military. They are American citizens first and foremost. It's a disgrace.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • john smith

      In all actuality, it is a sad thing for an honest speaking Maj General to be fired resulting the truth on the subject. Our American government pumps so much money into Afghanistan, (not including Billions to Pakistan) annually that it is amazing more results have not been seen as of lately to the counties infrastructure and well being. America is in for a rough ride as long as the corporate government puppets continue to deny the facts and not deal with the reality of the situation

      November 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  19. MIke RT

    Standing up for what you believe is good. This man did a great and honorable thing. He told the truth.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Steve

      You obviously do not understand the politics, protocol, and responsibilities of being a senior military officer.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • dieshard

      HE told the truth and got canned. This soldier can can look in the mirror with PRIDE HE was Honest and I believe willing to take the heat. God Bless You Sir!!!!!

      November 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • The Mendicant Bias

      He jeopardized the military mission. He is not a talk-radio host, he is a military man and should've behaved as such.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  20. Dr.Dr.

    Come on, Wolf, we've not sacrificed our "blood and treasure" in Afghanistan to help out the Afghanis, we've done it because we concluded that some terrorists who were living in Afghanistan attacked our country, and we don't want them to do it again. Our interests are not theirs, we've simply acted to protect our own interests. We've brought war to Afghanistan – and that's where the majority of our money has gone. To somehow expect that the Afghani people must like us, and hate the Pakistanis, is simply out of touch with reality.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • wtfoid

      Allen should be fired, Fuller should be reinstated to lead the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • tom

      Wolf should not be calling this general a "hero". The last moment in history when generals fought alongside the troops was on D-Day (Gen. T. Roosevelt).

      Generals are high enough that they need to have some common sense about speaking out. It has always been that way. This is nothing new. Read about all the trouble George Patton got into.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  21. Ronnie Harper

    I guess it wasn't his job to tell the truth.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • tom

      I wonder how many soldiers gave him a little truth of thier own? You think they were reprimanded, or discharged?

      November 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Brooks, T.A.

      I have been there, and Iraq. Both peoples are the same. They don't apprcieate what is being done for them and would rather us just leave them alone. The General tells the truth about an Afghan puppet put into place by the US Govt. and gets in trouble. General I will stand with you and follow you anywhere Sir.
      Retired First Sergeant Brooks

      November 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Occam Razor

      His job was to follow orders, that is his duty. If he wants to give up policy then leave the military and run for office.

      November 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  22. Jesse

    As long as we are pouring billions of dollars into these countries, they will be our allies. We have been there way too long. I served 4 tours in Afghanistan and never felt really comfortable working with them. As long as we were giving them supplies, money, medicines and support we were good. We need to quit spending soo much money in countries sooo far away and concentrate on our country and our borders. I would rather have troops on the mexican border and helping mexico rid itself from the cartel with troops becuase that is our back door. Mexicans are not the only ones crossing the border illegally. There are plenty coming over who want to harm our country from the middle east

    November 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Mary

      Thank you for serving our country. You are right there are a lot of people coming to the USA who want to harm us and we need to clean up our own country now

      November 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • Jersey3038

      You are so right. The military industrial complex sold us that BS "we need to fight them over there so we don't have to fight'em over here" Well I'd much rather fight them here then there. We shoulkdn't be involved with any of these countries. Nothing in any of those countries is worth one single american soldiers life. Not all the lithium in the world, nor all the no-bid Haliburton contracts. Greed disguised as patriotism.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • jalendui

      Thanks for serving our country. I couldn't agree more. The main goal was to get Bin Ladin and kill as many of the terrorists as we could after 9/11. It would be great if we can kill Al-Zawahiri before getting out but most people are satisfied with the punishment we layed on them. When Karzai told the world that he would fight against us if push came to shove with the Pakistanis...I think it was the last straw for the General...and he couldn't hold his tongue any longer. I'm glad he told the truth....and the people want us out of Afghanistan NOW. You listening Obama?

      November 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  23. Jon

    Even though I think Blitzer is right in his conclusions about Karzai and the Afghan people, I think it was appropriate for the general to be relieved of his duties, or at the very least reprimanded. The reason being that just because something is the truth doesn't mean that it should be said. This is especially true in the predicament that our military is in when we are occupying another country and are expecting their support. Let's put it this way: would say a staff sgt. in the field tell an Afghan he is working with that he doesn't trust him, even though it's the truth? Of course he wouldn't.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • jojo

      Nixon would of been proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Paul

      Jon, I couldn't disagree more with you on that. The reason we are in most of these messes is that NO ONE is telling the truth! Everything you see and read on MSM is being spoon fed to us to keep us quiet. If the truth were every told on NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN, people would likely be rioting in the streets demanding their country back!

      November 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  24. JOEL

    Yet another General fired for telling the truth. Not a first. General McChrystal, a 4 star was the first to be fired by the Obama admin for comments on what he thought. He led JSOC for 5 years and won the war in Iraq and this was the thanks he got. Obama sure knows how to show gratitude to our best men in uniform.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • tom

      Yea, telling the truth. How about being proffesional? Is that too much to ask for from your Generals? If I had an employee that spoke his mind to someone he was not authorized to speak to that way. Guess what? Truth or not the employee would be fired!

      November 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
      • Gerry

        A 2-star general as deputy commander of Nato Forces Afgh is in both a political and warrior position and has some discretion with regards to comments made during press appearances. It's hard to tell if the comments made were outside or within his discretionary limits. I was reassigned as a military area expert after making totally ligitimate and necessary comments during a congressional cabinet meeting. And, the command staff who releived me had no other choice because thier orders came down through civilian governmental control authorities. The decision to effectively end General Fuller's carrier may not have been the desire of General Allen either. All I know is both General Fuller and Allen deserve our respect and it is way out of line for us arm chair generals to make judgements regarding our warriors' carriers or performance. Thank you General Fuller may there be honor in your departure from your command position with Nato Forces Afgh.

        November 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
      • squalie2

        Speaking the truth and telling your leaders and the American people the realities is not only professional, it is a duty. Do you really want a bunch of "yes" men leading our troops in battle? No one knows better the situation than the feet on the ground and it is a General's duty to give an honest, true assessment when asked.

        November 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • rick

      General of the Army (5b star) Douglas MacArthur was fired by President Truman for about the same thing. In this nation military do not impose policy, civilian elected government do. Any general knows or should know not to make any comment on the country's policy.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • DaProfessor

      Obama fired NO ONE.
      Your lies are all-to-typical right wing extremist nonsense.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • Dennis

      Check your history. During wartime presidents have fired generals. Dick Cheney fired generals and secretarys of services. Stop using the hero crap as they know what and when to make comments. That is the military and hasn't changed under Obama.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  25. homosapien sapien

    Firing Gen Allen should be the next priority.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  26. Dr. Mark D. Lurie

    Tell the people what they need to hear, not what they want to – get fired... get punished... get muzzled... But it doesn't change the fact that Fuller spoke the truth!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • tom

      Have you always spoke your mind? No matter who it was and the negative consequences that may come from doing so, Did you always speak your mind? Most people would be very selective. I know most soldiers would never speak thier mind to thier superiors.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  27. Alaskan

    If your wife asks you if the new pants she has on makes her butt look big, you know what your answer had better be. Telling the truth is not always the best option or even an option at all. The General was speaking the truth as he saw it, but not necessarily saying what was best for our country.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • jojo

      So, the truth isn't good for our country???? You must be a republican. Idiot.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  28. John Nunn

    Our politicians cannot stand the truth to be told. To fire an american hero for truthful comments shows the despair of our country. God Bless you and your family General Fuller. My father, too, served this country in a time of war, and spent 22 years as a US Marine. God rest his soul, and God bless those service men and women and their families who have lost their lives, or fortunes due to our sorry politicians not supporting the truth and reality of situations of war. We have become a nation of political correctness and it is damaging our country, our beliefs, our political system and our rights under the US Constitution. What a shame, what a shame....

    November 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  29. Ken Rumore

    What an outrage! And as far as the Afghan president, I'm just sorry Fuller couldn't walk right up to him and punch him square in the face. For Karzai to make such (erratic to say the least) remarks is a slap in the face to the United States. As an American soldier, patriot, and hero, I would expect nothing less from Fuller than to give a piece of his mind on that topic. I think he demonstrated restraint for not saying more, and furthermore it's clear that his release had nothing to do with poor conduct but with walking on political eggshells for a hostile and ungrateful nation.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Ken Rumore

      that is to say: Fuller being a soldier, patriot, and hero.
      Not myself, in case my grammar was unclear.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  30. jbm

    First of all the government doesn't really like any of its people making their own decisions or thinking for themselves, hence the lack of referendums and any encouragement for public forums and TRUE democracy, and it seems most people are ok with that. The one thing the government will not tolerate is, a military man speaking his mind. This would look too much like the master losing the grip on the dog’s leash. He didn't get 2 stars by having any public disclosures in the past no matter how well he may have been connected.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  31. Michele

    Allen said: “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.”

    Sorry Gen. Allen, but the comments DO reflect the opinion of THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ! The Afghans are backward, racist, misogynist cavemen, victims of their own home-grown religious right. The day OBL died should have been the last day any American foot trod within their boundaries. And had he been hunted down when we first had the opportunity instead of turning the job over to his sympathizers, countless American lives would have been saved.
    General Fuller for head of the Joint Chiefs!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Bob

      Fuller made a mistake but Allen lied and there is way too much of that coming from our government whether military politicians or government politicians. If he had said "Afghanistan is great, etc." nothing would have happened! Why wouldn't making a comment like that be BAD also?
      Too many lies coming out of Washington. In fact, one is too many. The Political Correctness bunch wins again. That's the shame. Yep, Fuller overstepped "military duty" but this is no way to treat him either.

      November 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  32. phil

    Wolf, I usually think your points are valid but you are flat wrong on this one. While we can all agree that Fuller was correct in his assessment of the Afghan situation it was not his job to voice his opinions. He is a general in the US Army and not a politician. As anyone in the service can tell you the only duty while in uniform is to receive and follow orders. Plain and simple. I don't think there is a clause in the code of conduct that says "voice your opinion whenever you feel the urge." He should have waited until he retired.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Ken Rumore

      ...and you think an appropriate procedural response was his termination?

      November 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • Gene Cole

      You are correct. General Allan was right to do what he did.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  33. Goddess Priest

    It's about time someone of higher rank start telling the truth. All we are told are lies. Especially by our government. There is no such thing as freedom of press either. It is only what washington will allow to be posted online and on the news. If it is something that might attack them then it is forbidden. So I Applaude him for speaking the truth. If getting fired for telling the truth is what is to happen then more people should tell the truth. Eventually there will be no workers in the military or other government agencies.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • tom

      Give me a break. Do you really think it's a good idea for our soldiers to start venting to sources that our goverment orders them not to?

      November 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  34. john smith

    If General Fuller's statements were the right thing to do, then Bradley Manning and Julian Assange also did the right thing. To say that his firing is shocking from someone who has been around as much as Wolf Blitzer seems like selective and effected naivete.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  35. a

    Bring back the Monroe Doctrine as far as land troops. Only Naval personnel, marines, and special forces should be on ships in the Eastern Hemisphere equipped with drones ready to strike. I would keep our land forces in the west. Afghanistan is bad for any country that enters it. Let the Afghans live with themselves. What a mess.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  36. james

    Our mission in afghanistan was to capture or kill Osama and cripple Al Queda – we have done both – bring our boys home and let the armpit of the world go back to chasing their camels.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  37. AKknight

    The truth will set you FREE!!! I know of not one single war......fought and won in Afghanistan. The terrain, the populations ability to adapt and fight with little or no supplies...and the porous borders make winning a war impossible. Add to that the fact we are not fighting a country...or even an army,.....but an Islamic IDEAL. It feels like the type of situation whereby each time a soldier kills an insurgent....2 more find reason to join their ranks. There was a reason we were there...but Bin Laden has been There are other things.....we are NOT told....which FAR outweigh the simplistic reasons we are told. My fear is it all relates to money....not the spoken dream of a stable and prosperous Afghanistan, because THAT aint happenin. This general...not only spoke the truth...he spoke with intelligence...aimed at saving a war....that has served it's purpose and should be done. Now it is time to set a timetable...let the people there know in advance...and begin to safely withdraw our armies.....and allow the inevitable settling of dust that will take place now...or ten years from now....after we are gone. We will NOT set up some puppet government...and find some new ally.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  38. Brad

    It's the military. You're not allowed to have an opinion. Right or wrong, he was wrong to have talked.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  39. Brian

    I haven' agreed with anything Wolf Blitzer has said since his coverage of Desert Storm, until now that is. I served for 26 years and retired in 1992 AND had hoped that by now the truth could be told. We need more Generals willing to tell the truth, without fear of being relieved of duty. He just stated what any American who pays minimal attention to world events already knows.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  40. db

    It sounds to me like they fired the wrong person, it should have been Gen. John Allen for making such a stupid decision. To fire a General that tells the truth is totally wrong, is he suppose to lie? Who said anyone from the military has to be diplomatic, they are taught to know the truth, act on correct data, and respond appropriately. If someone slaps you in the face you respond with not the other cheek, you respond with WTF.
    Perhaps this is one of the things that is wrong with this country anymore, we let the tail wag the dog. There really are losers, there really are people out there that will hurt us, there really are people out there that would just as soon stick a knife in our backs as look at us. Why do we support these kinds of people, for political reasons? That is the reason we are so far indebt today, we support all the idiologies across the globe with aid. In fact we send money and good to every country in the world except two, what other country does that, or even just half that. It has to be4 stopped, let them fail, let them get taken over, strengthen our doors, the borders and reject people that want to hurt us. PROFILE: Who in the last 20 years have killed more Americans and others than any one else, YOUNG, MALE, MUSLUM, RADICALS. Go after them, not an honest Amercican professional and distinguishted soldier with 30 years of service. Are the polititions trying to run the miltary again, they do such a great job of screwing it and the country up.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • Dennis

      not his place to make those comments. UCMJ

      November 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  41. USNRET

    This is BS! I have same issue while serving in US Navy, majorities of the troops are scare to speak the truth because of retribution.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  42. sam

    Wow... people are finally figuring out that it doesn't matter if we spent $1 trillion dollars in Afghanistan. They don't want us there. Period. The approval rating of the USA in Afghanistan is the lowest its ever been. They don't care that we have spilled blood of thousands of our soldiers. They have 10 times as many casualties of civilians. Are they better than they were 10 years ago. No, Afghans themselves have said so, speaking of the things that they used to have, and don't any more.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  43. Timoney

    Why can't the powers that be be allowed to speak the truth..The American public are and have been played for fools to insure the United State"s military rule in the world. It's getting harder by the day to be a proud American when the very Government punishes those that speak the truth.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  44. ynotsayit

    The unfortunate reality is war is a pursuit of political goals by other means, to paraphrase von Clausewitz. Generals are allowed their opinions, but they must remain privately held regardless of their veracity. it seems ridiculous that donning the uniform requires surrendering your right to free speech, but is preferable to a military dictatorship where only the generalissimo has that rgiht.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  45. Steve

    Teling the truth in the Unted States about the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, or 9/11 has gotten many people fired in NSA, CIA and the military. You either go with the Oil-AIPAC story line or find yourself out of a job.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  46. the fair 88

    Your comment is more than right. The US Govt should stop wasting money in Afghanistan. It is a lost cause.It reminds us the Vietnam war where the South Vietnamese Govt with over 1 million soldiers and 500,000 US soldiers lost the war : nothing to be done with the courage of our soldiers .We have lost the war because the South Vietnamese Govt was so corrupt . The same situation happens with Cambodia where the Govt is so corrupt.The United Nations has wasted so many funds and after nearly 20 years: the country does not have democracy and it is runned by a ultra corrupt dictatorship. Without cleaning Afghanistan of his corrupt political structure , it is a lost war and a waste of money

    November 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  47. Andrew

    Who am I supposed to believe? Our government who is how many thousands of miles from Afghanistan? Or the General who is on the front? I 'll trust the General thank you very much.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  48. vern123

    I have friends in the military (high ups officer and enlisted) and civil service people who have all served many years in this conflict. They all return from Afghanistan wondering why we are there, how can our elected public officials be so dense and obtuse over this issue. The Afghan people themselves do not appreciate our being there. Sure they like our money and donations to their country, but they don't have the wherewithall to stand up for themselves. We need to get out of there SOON! Less than a year preferrably. What a waste!!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  49. 8conor8

    Isn't this the way of our modern system and political leaders? We are a country that emulates the proverbial ostrich, and avoids hard truths by burying our collective heads in the sand. Our politicians, all of them, are more concerned with abiding by asinine party lines than in looking at things logically and critically and coming to conclusions that may necessitate the need for compromise and actual attempts at understanding beyond simple partisan affiliation and corporate influence. This in turn leads to a military that doesn't know what its true objectives are, that are given unrealistic objectives, or that needs to hide what is really going on to meet the unreasonable and unrealistic demands of politicians. We can win battles, but I'm not to sure about wars anymore.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • liberty5

      Yup, that's about right.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  50. Dan in Seattle

    I agree totally. A little truth never hurt anything.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  51. Paul McGriff

    Do you think Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller would be interested in running for President. It's about time we had someone in the White House that would tell the American people the truth regardless of the consequences.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  52. infonomics

    And referring to Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent statement that he would side with Pakistan if there were ever a war between Pakistan and the United States, Fuller said Karzai’s comments were “erratic.”

    Fuller said: “Why don’t you just poke me in the eye with a needle! You’ve got to be kidding me. … I’m sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion, and now you’re telling me, ‘I don’t really care’?”

    Thank you General Fuller for telling the truth. But where is the surprise? The far right in this country actually thought that fighting Muslims for Muslims would win Muslims.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  53. nick

    Pathetic that you'd fire someone for telling the truth, that being're in the military, you don't have the freedom of speech.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Barry G.

      You made a good point, but you failed to mention that there's no place for the truth in politics.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Bill

      No, he doesn't have freedom of speech. But he is a flag officer, and as such, is called upon from time to time to make statements, some of which are political. I guarantee you the interview with Politico didn't happen on the street in front of a McDonalds... it was planned, vetted, and approved by the military. The General told the truth... and it's not even eye-opening – we pretty much suspected, if not already knew this... and I'd rather hear this than the diplomat's "oh, everything is fine" crap.

      If a guy like this can't tell the truth to the American people... who can?!?

      November 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  54. Howard in Allexandria, VA

    I've said it before. We are literally squandering our national treasure on a nation that will, in the end, be no different than it was for most of its past. The British couldn't make a silk purse out of the sow's ear of Afghanistan, the Russians couldn't do it, and no one has yet offered a demonstrable reason to believe the U.S. will succeed where they failed.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      The U.S. sometimes does succeed at things that other nations don't. For example, every human being who has ever walked on the Moon has been an American. Be that as it may, unlike previous attempt in Afghanistan, we're not trying to merge it into our empire. Our goal at this point is to help it achieve long term stability. There's no reason why that should be an impossible task.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  55. Stef

    I've thought for a very long time political correctness has gone WAAAAY too far. I agree that the truth can no longer be spoken by those who know. When did it happen that Americans developed such a need to be protected. like we're infants? It's disgusting and tiring and most of all, non-productive.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Bill

      Make no mistake – they aren't upset that he told the truth because they want to protect the American people – they are upset that he's messed up their political lies to Afghanistan.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  56. B D

    War is a lot like the economy, telling the truth at the wrong time can be more destructive than the worst lie. That said, this is one of those things that everyone knows but can't acknowledge because both Pakistan and Afghanistan are run by people of questionable intellect who are racist, bigots with no motivation beyond personal enrichment and maintaining their pride (which no good Arab leader can do if they side too openly with the United States, even if its against their stated enemies).

    Why? Because the entire hard-line muslin world views anything remotely western as morally corrupt and imperialist. They also don't seem to be willing to shed this view under any circumstances. Money, peace, co-operation mean nothing to these goverments if the person presenting them is non-arab or non-muslim (they consider it tolerant to require a person to only be 1 of the 2, provided you weren't a muslim that denounced their fate, for that they sentence you to death in most of the region).

    November 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  57. Andrew thorby

    I agree completely. It is utterly unacceptable to fire a senior military commander for telling the truth in a case like this. Allen made an enormous mistake and also gave the impression that if telling the truth is not OK then lying probably is.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  58. John

    My father spent just under thirty years in the US Army, in combat operations starting with the shores of Okinawa and going all the way to the jungles of Vietnam. He went in as a buck private and came out a light colonel. I've never met a greater patriot, yet he once told me that after achieving a certain rank, service in the military becomes more and more political. Because his views differed from the top brass later in his career, he said he was drummed out and had to retire a decade before he wanted. So, this story doesn't shock me, but it still saddens me. Thank you for your service, General Fuller.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  59. Bill -----

    I am a retired Army Officer and could not agree more with this article. Fuller should be promoted and Allen should be demoted/"fired". Shaded of what they did to Wes Clark !

    November 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  60. Pete W

    it is said ,that truth will set you free,so congratulations General you are now in position ,to after 30 years of service to this country to reignand write a Book and speak your mind.the people of this country need to know that we have good officers thst are not a fraid to step up and tell a man like Karzai ,what you think,if he don't like it ,and your troops know you and respect you tell Mr Karzai to Kiss your Royal caboose. Thank you sir ,for you contrbution to the USA

    November 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  61. SmallMindedTeaPartier

    Wolf, Americans will leave. Afghans have to live and survive with Pakistan. You used Pakistan to arm, train and finance Jihadists during the Reagan administration and abandoned them when Russians withdrew. You bear the moral responsibility for the chaos it caused. Soviets would have been so far better than the backward Taleban and Islamic zealots including Bin Laden we fostered and hoisted on them. Afghans need to survive with their own kith and kin when the white folks leave. Get real. You talk about 11Billion, but you spent over 5billion of our tax payer money to arm the Jihadists and Islamists to fight the soviets and then you left.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  62. Barry G.

    Gen. Fuller should have known that there is no place for the truth in politics.

    The General has my admiration and respect, however.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • liberty5

      I think he has the admiration and respect of most of the Americans who are paying attention.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  63. Mike

    Wolf, i agree with you that he made an actual and true statement, however it is not his place to make that type of statement.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Barry G.

      Could you imagine what the world would be like, if people actually went around speaking the truth!

      Why for one, they'd never get to be an elected official; two, they'd never get rich; three....

      As Christ said: All who came before me were thieves and robbers....

      (The Fourth Gospel, also known as the Gospel of John)

      If Christ said this today, I think he'd still be right.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Bill

      If a decorated flag officer with over 30 years of experience can't tell the truth... UNCLASSIFIED truth... to the American people... tell me, who can? And who will?

      November 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  64. Chuck Newton

    I would side with General Fuller's comments though they are not "politically correct" they need to be stated, and the American people need to better understand the depth of sacrifices being made by our young men and women in uniform. Speaking as a combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict, I believe the Vietnamese were much more appreciative of the U.S. efforts than is the Afghan ruling coalition. To continue to support that extremely costly war effort is simply a travesty on the part of our own government, and an injustice to the American and Afghan people.

    We would be far better off taking our money from "guns" and appropriating the same amounts to "butter" in this uncertain economic period at home. Afghanistan is clearly a "no-win" situation, now and it will remain so three years from now. The precious sacrifices of our military families need to come to an end. The defense sector can quickly enough turn its swords into plowshares as far as replacement business is concerned.


    November 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  65. Dan

    Gen. Patton was one of the greatest commanders in US history He also told the truth. He paid the price as well. That being said, when you join the military you give up many of your rights, including the right to free speech. You do what you are told, when you are told, and the way you are told. If you don't then, from the lowest private to the most senior General, there will be a price that must be paid. It may be extra PT, a stint in the brig, dishonorable discharge, or the loss of a commission. I'm sure Gen. Fuller knew that there could be a price for the truth. He was probably fed up and decided that someone had to speak no matter what the cost. However, sometimes the truth can harm your objective. It can get your forces killed. Also, the US military works for the elected government. They are politicians. They make decisions for political reasons. But that's the way it has to be, otherwise we risk becoming a military dictatorship.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  66. Mark McKee

    At least he didn't tell the big truth; that we're really there for Afghanistan's supply of lithium, the largest in the world, and the only freedom we're fighting for over there, is the freedom to exploit their vast supply of minerals. How stupid do they think we are? Apparently very stupid. They may be right, you know.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  67. Polecat

    It's not about the truth! The truth does not matter in the great old USA! It's all about PC. God forbid we speak the truth if it offends others. To hell in a handbasket. That's where we are going if the trend continues. The media, the Gov't, the Corporations and the Lobbyists are destroying what was once a great nation. Sad but true!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  68. megadeth666

    These dimwits in DC know nothing about war. Diplomacy my a$$. Kudos to the General for calling a spade a spade.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  69. Brett

    He's a General, not the Secretary of State. He should not be speaking for the United States.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  70. Joe Here in Colorado

    Our government, our military, our police, our corporations.... these groups view "the truth" as something vile, and something to be avoided at all costs.

    Wikileaks is enemy number one because it published "the truth".

    Prison inmates on death row are denied DNA tests because it might bring out "the truth".

    I hate this world in which we live.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  71. Don

    Looks to me like the wrong people got canned! If we were to worry more about telling the truth and letting chips fall where they may, maybe we could make some progress! Why aren't we turning up the heat on Karzai after his statement about Pakistan? Why aren't we cutting assistance to Afghanistan. At the end, we couldn't keep troops in Iraq because they wouldn't guarantee protection for our troops regarding violation of Iraq law. Hey, I've also read where Iraq is going to surpass Saudia Arabia as the biggest producer of oil. We going to get any money back from financing their war? Of course not!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  72. Jimmy J

    So he got fired for "telling the truth." That wasn't his job. I wonder if someone on Wolf's staff gave an national interview and said Wolf was an idiot, would they get fired? If they did, would they have been fired for telling the" truth"?

    November 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  73. Pro Obama

    i think obama would support the firing. it is reasonable for americans to want a war with pakistan and for afghanistan to side with pakistan. people who don't want that should be fired.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  74. Paul Lindblad

    Wolf, your right on. When I read about it Sunday I was amazed someone in the government had the !!!! to tell it as it is!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  75. Mike

    George S. Patton would have said much worse, and probably wouldn't have been punished for it. Holding generals to today's political correctness is nonsense. I don't have any solutions to this, there is very little you can say these days without igniting a firestorm on controversy. Personally, I think he was right on and at most should have been told to tone it down from now on.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  76. Brian Dodge

    He wasn't fired for telling the truth. He was fired for not knowing when to tell the truth, and when to diplomatically avoid answering the question. Like when your spouse asks, "do I look fat?" Do you throw a monkey wrench into your relationship by being brutally truthful, or offer offer support and evade the question. Are YOU married or divorced?

    November 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  77. Chris

    I am sure that the order to fire him came from the White House. This was probably out of General Allen's hands.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  78. TonyH

    Come on now, Wolf – you have certainly been in this game long enough to know that when you start getting stars on your collar, you also start having to practice diplomacy, both internally and externally. General Fuller is certainly worthy of respect on many grounds – bur if MacArthur could be fired, then of course Fuller can be!

    It's unfortunate that we can't always be both completely forthcoming and at the same time courteous, but when you are in a war you don't publicly criticize allies (at least if you're in the military). That is a matter for the politicians.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  79. Mark Bunch

    No, Blitzer you are very wrong. This is not a policy maker, this is a soldier. He has NO right to publicly state his opinions that might affect diplomatic relations. This is for a very good reason. He knew better and should be disciplined as such. You also are a newsman and perhaps should stick to doing just that and not pretending to be a pundit. As bad as CNN has become, do not contribute to it's more and more celebrity and "bleed it leads stories", and get back to just reporting news, not making it. Thanks

    November 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  80. Tom Evans

    When I read about this travesty over the weekend I was outraged and wrote an op-ed piece to the local paper that contained a somewhat "harsher" reaction than Wolf's!! That Karzai would even utter a statement such as "Side with Pakistan in a war with the USA" sums up for me just how corrupt and backward the entire Afghanistan "nation" really is. In short Fuller is a hero on so many levels not just for speaking truth that he deserves way better than he's getting – when will Washington wake up and live in the 21st century??

    We should immediately abandon this worthless piece of geography, get our guys and gals out of there and leave them to fend for themselves. I wonder just how much help they'd get from their "buds" over in Pakistan??

    November 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Bill

      Yes, I agree. Leave them to their own devices. Do we really think that staying in Afghanistan any longer is going to do anything? They will go back to their antiquated tribal ways the moment we leave, so why even stay? Everybody we want to kill is in Pakistan, anyway 😉

      November 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  81. Richard L. Rice

    General Fuller should immediately retire and run for President of the United States. We have waited far too long to have a man like him in the White house---or even in Congress for that matter. We should thank him profusly for speaking what needs to be said.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  82. Oldie in TampaBay

    it would seem that in this day and age you are damned if you tell the truth & damned if you don't ...

    November 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  83. Texana

    I totally agree with Wolf Blitzer, and it is refreshing to read the truth in an honest statement, which is so often lacking in mainstream media reports. Firing a US military hero for telling the truth is absurd, as if the people in the US are not able to figure out the position of Karzai and the leadership in Pakistan as well. Reading and hearing double-speak from our own leaders is unacceptable, and it is undermining the confidence that US citizens have in the US government and the military leaders. I hope that Blitzer's reporting represents a trend at CNN to report more honestly and openly about issues.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  84. steve

    Back in 1980 as an enlisted member of the Army, I flipped off three soviet military officers for taking my picture in Frankfurt Germany, they were diplomat's.I could have flipped off many American Officers because they were awful as the General that fired someone that stood up and told the truth. This is a ignorant Commander that fires another American because he bad mouthed a corrupt foreign politician.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  85. Keith

    I think this shows, quite obviously, that we need to pull out of Afghanistan. Were are not now and never welcome in that country and need to focus on the disaster that is happening at home instead of half way around the world.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • a

      Yes, it is well past time to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans and Pakis and whoever else, but not us...

      November 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  86. oldesalt

    Let this be a lesson for all those smug folks who are fortunate enough to have a good paying job but criticize the OWS protesters that can't find a job as being lazy. When you no longer serve the goals of your employer, you too will be dropped like a hot potatoe no matter what your past performance or loyalty has been. The only thing that matters to big business and big government is their goals.,, not the people who put them there.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  87. chris

    what a joke. the us government is a joke. he states the obvious and they fire him. anthony wiener lied.. and they didnt force him to leave. every politician on that hill including the president lies.. and none of them are risking their life. so they should take the PC crap elsewhere and stop punishing an american hero. nothing he said was an indictment of the "proud" (cough cough) people of afghanistan. he said their president was talking out of both sides of his mouth something our politicians know so much about.

    pull all our troops and cash out... oh and vote every single member of congress out of office. they are not serving the american people.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  88. Bill

    The general deserves another star, he said what we the tax payers express daily what we think of Karzai and Afghanistan.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  89. SofGangsta

    Wolf, the truth isn't good for the military industrial complex and what are our politicians but officials who secure contracts for business?

    November 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  90. nathaniel

    Exactly my retort/comment to this when I first saw it. Now the truth doesn't matter? So why task him then. He who fired should be fired. Poor management/leadership.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  91. Aacon

    In dealing with national leaders who would side against those who give them the very power and freedom they have you have to consider what kind of people the leaders are.They are leaders who will betray the very ones who help them & even protect their very lives.Such people are untrustworthy.This man spoke the truth and is being held quite because of just how loose a relationship the U.S.A. has with the leaders of Pakistan & Afghanistan.It should show how quickly the U.S.A. needs to act against the Taliban in every region of the world no matter what the country who protects such evil people threaten or actually do. If they protect them then they are part of them as in any case.By taking the man out of the field of battle it may as well serve to say the U.S.A. will deal with hostile countries letting them stab the U.S.A. in the back after all the help that has been given.It must be what it takes to deal with such backward leaders to have to take a truthful man out leaving liars & back stabbers in .In the end it will only lead to everything accomplished done in vain.If the U.S.A. has to fight Pakistan and Afghanistan to rid the world of the Taliban so be it.The people of both countries and actually all countries would be better off with the backwards backstabbing government leaders ousted,dead and replaced with the Taliban and al Qaeda totally defeated in every nation on Earth. In short they need to take out the backwards back stabbing leaders not the man who just told the truth.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  92. ListenUp

    I back Obama and his administration most of the time.. but this is a terrible injustice. Diplomacy is a two way street and the leader of Afganistan is nothing but a crook who will say anything to get more money from us. I say pull out all the american troops and this character will find himself running from the Taliban.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  93. b0bc4t

    He diregarded the direct order of saying "all is Well in Afghanistan" and there are consequences to that when the commander in chief is looking to be more deity than detractor. A general must toe the company line if he is to survive the political battle, rather than just the military one. Karzai is playing the pakistani handbook, play nice when america has a handful of cash, side with your neighbor when it suits you, for local support. Anywhere else in the world, there are consequences for biting the hand that feeds you. America is being eaten alive in the world theatre, and stays at the table like a pig at a feast.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  94. Whatajoke

    The man told the truth. About the only thing he didn't do right was being insubordinate to his superior and that's one thing the Miltary doesn't take kindly to. You either walk the political line at that level or you get canned.

    In this case though, the truth is so right it should be the other way around.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • liberty5

      Agree. What he said was such basic common sense that no one, aside from an apologist, would argue the point. Karzai needs to hear the truth. Fuller esentially sacrificed himself and his career. He deserves thanks.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  95. tom

    Glad to see someone speak the truth. Wolf, good job on calling them out on this.
    This should more coverage than the Jackson trail or the Cain fiasco. I am sure we won't hear much more on this from the news agencies.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  96. atroy

    It doesn't matter if what he said is true.....we don't need military personnel speaking for the US government on international political matters: didn't we learn that from McAurthur?

    November 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  97. lili nyc

    Firsty =D
    You know the world is going downhill when people are fired for telling the truth. Sad =/

    November 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  98. azRose

    He should not have been fired, our government should have stood up for him. I think Karzai should lick the Generals boots and be grateful for what our military has done for his country. We need to get out of there now.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  99. Lacywood

    Sorry but you're wrong Wolf. Karsai knows the US will leave eventually and he will have to deal with Pakistan as either a friend or an enemy. And Pakistan is essentially for him a "superpower" next door with a porous border. His statement was understandable. But for a US General to undermine the objective with naive and simplistic whining is a big no-no going back long before Douglas MacArthur.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  100. RobGR

    Gen. John Allen probably believes the ISI and Pakistan have nothing to do with the insurgency Afghanistan.

    How is this "shocking", it's been happening for years now. Look at Gen. Shinseki, "retired" for his battle plan and evaluation for an attack on Iraq. And what he warned about is exactly what happened, not enough troops to contain the power vacuum once Saddam had been eliminated.

    Same story, different general/war.

    I agree with Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller and his comments, he may be blunt and forthright, but so were many of America's greatest military leaders, Patton and General Anthony "Nuts" McAuliffe for instance. Soldiers want to follow someone who tells the truth, not damned diplomatic politicians.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
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