The US commander in Afghanistan essentially dismissed one White House option as 'short-sighted.' Does civilian control of the military mean McChrystal should keep his mouth shut?
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Now Washington is asking him to button it, raising questions about just how far the military should go in pressing its view.
On Monday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said civilian and military advisers should keep their advice private.
"In this process it is imperative that all of us taking part in these deliberation – civilian and military alike – provide our best advice to the president, candidly but privately," Mr. Gates said at a speech before an Army convention in Washington.
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