At NewsBusters, Lachlan Markay points out how differently our news media reacted to criticism of President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld by military officers, compared to the media’s reaction to the McChrystal episode. To be sure, no two incidents are precisely parallel. On the whole, though, Glenn Reynolds’ summary appears fair:
Under a Republican President, it’s listen to the generals. Under a Democratic President, it’s all about civilian control of the military.