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Obama Grants McChrystal 4-Star Pension

From relieved Reuters:

Obama to guarantee McChrystal a 4-star pension

Tue Jun 29, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will guarantee former Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal a four-star pension despite firing him last week over comments disparaging civilian leaders.

McChrystal was sacked about a year after receiving his fourth star — half the time normally necessary to qualify for a four-star general’s retirement income of $12,475 per month, before taxes, according to Pentagon estimates based on his 34 years of service.

"We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that he, somebody who has served the country as ably as he has, can retire at a four-star level," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.

It was unclear whether Obama might need to issue a waiver.

McChrystal informed the Army of his planned retirement on Monday, a widely expected move after he and his aides enraged the White House by mocking the president and top civilian advisers in an article in Rolling Stone magazine…

Had Obama not been willing to assist McChrystal, he would have retired on a three star general’s salary of $11,736 per month, before taxes, according to Pentagon estimates, taking into consideration McChrystal’s time in the military.

Obama named General David Petraeus to replace McChrystal. During his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee on Tuesday, Petraeus played down hopes for a swift turnaround after nine years of war.

So, thanks to Mr. Obama, General McChrystal is going to retire at age 55 on $149,700 a year. Isn’t it wonderful that we have such a benevolent king?

We hadn’t even realized that four star army generals had a union. Though, come to think of it, General McChrystal did vote for Mr. Obama. Which is probably even better.

By the way, weren’t many of the questions by the Senate committee yesterday aimed at getting General Petraeus to say almost precisely the things that McChrystal and his staff allegedly said about Obama’s Afghan strategy? Questions about the withdrawal timeline and the Rules Of Engagement?

Were the Senators trying to get Petraeus fired?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Grants McChrystal 4-Star Pension”

  1. $149K a year to STFU I’ll bet..

    • JohnMG says:

      More likely to sing Obama’s praises.

      He will become part of the propaganda machine either way. Keeping silent would be tantamount to tacit approval.

      We’re not on our way to third-world status–we’ve arrived.

  2. proreason says:

    He has time to micro-manage the pension of a guy who will make millions a year, but no time to send skimmers to the Gulf.

    Is he managing the white house tennis court signup list as well?

  3. bobbys says:

    Im willing to Q Obama and will settle for a F troop or Hogans Heros Corporals retirement pay.

  4. U NO HOO says:

    Obama is evil.


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