Former First Lieutenant in the Marines, veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom
Today the nation observes Veterans Day in honor the many men and women who have served in our nation's military during times of peace and times of War. To honor these men and women out respect for their contribution to our nation, the federal government, many schools and offices closed around the country. Today we want to pay tribute to our veterans, and hear their stories of war.
General Stanley McChrystal resigned his job as top U.S. commander in Afghanistan after disparaging remarks he made about President Obama, among others, were published in Rolling Stone magazine.
Does military culture always involve speaking out about your superiors, or was this just an unusual one-off at a very high level?
Last hour, we spoke to David Kilcullen, a former adviser to Generals McChrystal and Petreaus, about McChrystal's ouster by President Obama yesterday. This hour, we speak to Mike Scotti, a former Marine first lieutenant who has served in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. Mike knows a thing or two about insubordination—he documented his time in Iraq with a video camera that he turned into the film "Severe Clear: Uncertainty, Chaos, Disorder, This is War." We ask him for his take on McChrystal's comments to Rolling Stone; this morning's headlines.
It's been seven years since the U.S.-led "coalition of the willing" invaded Iraq. We talk with two soldiers who fought in Iraq to find out what has changed on the ground since the war began.