Mouthing Off Behind The Bosses' Backs

Does the U.S. Military have a culture of criticism

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Afghan Sgt. Maj. of the Army Safi Roshan, left, talks with 205th Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Steven Merkel. (U.S. Army/flickr)

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?

For an insider’s perspective we talk again with Mike Scotti, a former first lieutenant in the Marines who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and documented his Iraq deployment in the movie “Severe Clear: Uncertainty, Chaos, Disorder, This is War.”

Also joining us again is Matt Gallagher, a former U.S. Army captain in Iraq who knows firsthand what it is like to find yourself in hot water after criticizing your superiors in the military. He is author of the book “Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War.”

Guests:

Matt Gallagher and Mike Scotti

Produced by:

Karin Kamp

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