(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 the U.S. Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, has effectively fired Fuller for telling the American people the truth.
He probably wasn't "fired for telling the truth" so much as speaking inappropriately. The Army, like the other armed services and most organizations is based on a heirarchical chain of command, with appropriate functions at each level. Fuller should probably not have been discussing these types of political issues and judgements without first clearing his comments with the higher ups.
The act for which Fuller was fired was violating a prohibition on the military from making unauthorized comments on political matters. It is is sad when the member of the military is a time-honored hero and who speaks what we also feel is the truth. But also keep in mind that General Patton, one of our country's greatest military strategists, made the same blunder.
It was not his job to tell the American people anything. His personal opinions were his and his along. It's is not a matter of telling the truth....he was in uniform and he knew he was wrong. I hate to see him fired but he was wrong.
I doubt anyone on the planet could defend the position that Karzai has not been erratic. Fuller needs to be reinstated immediately. We dont need politics to play into this decision.
Grow up, Wolf.
Anyone who's been paying attention knows that when Bush abandoned Afghanistan to the Taliban in 2003, the outcome of the war was decided: WE LOST.
You folks in the media are hypocritical Johnnies-come-lately when it comes to Afghanistan.
And all generals have to support their commanders-in-chief, at least in public, if they want to stay in uniform.
While it is true that he should have not said anything . He should be applauded for be honest.
The first word when a person went in old army learnt! see nothing here nothing and never heard anything Bless.
Speaking as a Veteran, although I agree with Fuller's opinion, the Military is NOT a Democracy. He made unauthorized comments which is not tolerated. He was wrong