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McChrystal will be allowed to retire as a 4 Star General


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I think this is a pretty decent thing to do. Not heroic mind you, but decent. Do any of the conservatives or Tea Party members here have an objection to allowing the man to have lifetime benefits at a higher level than he is rightfully qualified to? Just asking, not hating. B)

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/06/29/obama.mcchrystal.retirement/?hpt=T2&fbid=fK0cXxKNlGE

White House to let McChrystal retire with 4 stars

By the CNN Wire Staff

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

President Obama will do "whatever necessary," spokesman says

Gen. Stanley McChrystal was two years short of full retirement

McChrystal resigned after Rolling Stone profile

Washington (CNN) -- President Obama has agreed to waive a Pentagon rule and let outgoing Gen. Stanley McChrystal retire at his full four-star rank, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.

While the general is short of the time needed to retire at his current pay grade, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama would ensure he keeps his rank as he steps down.

"The president believes and has talked with Secretary Gates about this, and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure he, somebody who has served the country as he has, can retire at a four-star level," Gibbs told reporters.

McChrystal resigned as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan last week after he and his staff were quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine article criticizing and mocking key administration officials, and he announced Monday that he would retire from the Army.

A senior Pentagon official told CNN that he would have to have held his rank for three years before qualifying for full retirement benefits -- but Obama is waiving that requirement because of McChrystal's many years of "honorable service," the official said.

McChrystal was promoted to four-star rank and assigned to command of the Afghan war in June 2009. Before that, he led U.S. military counterterrorism operations as chief of the Pentagon's joint Special Operations Command.

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My grandfather retired at 18 years of dedication and honorable service to our military because of bureaucracy, and did he get a full 20 years worth of life benefits? No. Did he complain about it? No.

I don't see what this guy has done to deserve full benefits. Yes, at least he served some and that's a lot more than most and I'm very thankful for his dedication and services to the country, but what has he done to deserve full benefits? If Obama is congratulating one of the members of our armed forces, you know something's fishy about it.

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