Retired General John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, was basically fired by CBS because of critical remarks he made about President Bush. Batiste appeared in a TV ad for the Democrats in which he said, “Mr. President, you did not listen. You continue to pursue a failed strategy that is breaking our great Army and Marine Corps. Mr. President, you have placed the nation in peril.”
The dismissal is not shocking or surprising because it simply is another manifestation on the part of television corporate leaders to avoid angering the Bush administration. The airwaves are filled with right wing nuts saying vicious lies about leading Democrats, but nothing is ever done to silence them. And this blog does not believe they should be silenced. Batiste acted in the manner of a professional soldier. A soldier has no right while on active duty to make critical remarks about the commander-in-chief. He chose the professional and honorable road of resigning in order to take his views to the American public. The tragedy is that dozens of other high ranking officers share his views, but prefer remaining in the service. A soldier’s first duty is to nation, not to self.
Information from Stars & Stripes