General McChrystal Just Said What Americans Think about Obama on Other Issues, too

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by the Left Coast Rebel

The beltway is all a'twitter over a Rolling Stone (of all places) interview with Obama top general, the guy appointed by Obama to run the war in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal. Of course it's a breach of 'protocol' and all of that. Here's an excerpt from the first page (of six) from the Rolling Stone article:

The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked "uncomfortable and intimidated" by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn't go much better. "It was a 10-minute photo op," says an adviser to McChrystal. "Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was. Here's the guy who's going to run his f*cking war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed."
And for those that could care less about the McChrystal/DC chatter, perhaps take note of these excerpts:
Even those who support McChrystal and his strategy of counterinsurgency know that whatever the general manages to accomplish in Afghanistan, it's going to look more like Vietnam than Desert Storm. "It's not going to look like a win, smell like a win or taste like a win," says Maj. Gen. Bill Mayville, who serves as chief of operations for McChrystal. "This is going to end in an argument."

But however strategic they may be, McChrystal's new marching orders have
caused an intense backlash among his own troops. Being told to hold their fire,
soldiers complain, puts them in greater danger. "Bottom line?" says a former Special
Forces operator who has spent years in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I would love
to kick McChrystal in the nuts. His rules of engagement put soldiers' lives in even
greater danger. Every real soldier will tell you the same thing."

I'll summarize the McChrystal affair for you.

According to General McChrystal, Obama is disengaged and incompetent and intimidated by military brass.

'Success' in Afghanistan will look like Vietnam (which surely is a terrible thing).

McChrystal's breach of protocol hearkens to a general that is burned out, ham-strung, frustrated and most likely wants to be fired but probably won't be (if he does, he went out with a bang).

The rules of engagement in Afghanistan are limiting and constricting and even worse, put troop's lives at risk (perhaps the best case for withdrawal I can think of).

Judging by the White House reaction, McChrystal probably hit close to the mark. On queue, Robert Gibbs this morning hinted at McChrystal may not being 'capable and mature' enough for his position.

Can you hear the ghosts of Vietnam? I can.

Read the entire Rolling Stone article and tell me what you think we should do with troops on the ground.

UPDATED: Oh, yah - CBS has an article up today that shows that broad swaths of the American public have about as much faith and trust in Obama's leadership on domestic issues as McChrystal does in Afghanistan. Oh my.

6 comments:

  1. I reposted the whole article over at Koo...I mean ALN. I think McChrystal stepped way over the line as far as military protocol goes but I believe every word of the article.

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  2. What does Gibbs know about 'capable and mature'? Or is he referring to his boss?

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  3. We shouldn't withdraw because the ROE are bad!
    We should change the ROE, the general and the mission which is to defeat the Taliban, not "nation build" in Afghanistan.

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  4. Yeah Chicago Boys! It's not the state of IL any more; it's all of America and we're going to kick you Home Boy Asses all to hell. Just waitin for the click! And the Click is just startin... gotta it?
    It's goina happen to all of you! you'll see

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  5. My main question is how McChrysstal could talk to Rolling Stone

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  6. It may be intolerable, but a tough and intelligent soldier who regards his political leadership with such obvious disdain, says much about the political leadership.
    The weakness, indecision and foolishness that characterize much of the Obama administration's dealing with militant Islam is also evident to soldiers like McCrystal, who clearly dont suffer fools gladly.

    Generals McArthur and Patton both had skirmishes with the slimy media and know-nothing political bureaucrats... I say McChrystal is in great company.

    Obama's bad temper is always reserved toward America's patriots and allies, his immaturity, incompetence, arrogance, lack of testosterone and lack of patriotism would make any battle-tempered warrior sick. McChrystal is the man for the job, victory in Afghanistan is more important that Obama's pathetically bruised little ego based on a more than questionable article from an anti-military leftist rag.

    Respect is earned. Obama is beyond contempt... and if anyone deserves to be sacked, it is Obama and the Democrat leadership.

    The problem with the military leadership is that there's a conflict between their oath to protect and defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and this un-American and anti-American administration of far-left radicals who find themselves infiltrated in the Oval Office. What happens when the Commander-in-Chief is the domestic enemy who undermines the US Constitution and the long-term best interests of the nation? Mutiny.

    Obama has only as much power as we let him have. The emperor has no clothes, Obama exudes only weakness, lack of patriotism, arrogance, contempt and immaturity... how can a man who sets himself against so many Americans consider himself to be credible or deserving of respect? Obama sure is thin-skinned spoiled-rotten brat, a little baby tyrant with a hissy fit who is causing much pain and suffering in the real world

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