Tuesday, June 22, 2010

General McChrystal tells the truth

I actually know someone who has a friend who has had real conversations with a number of US Preidents including President Bush George W. Bush. This person described Bush as thoughtful and engaged. President Bush seemed like he had run an organization before and knew how to be a chief executive. This person found bo disengaged and his head in the clouds. It was obvious he had never run an organization before.

General McChrystal maybe right, but bo has every right to fire him. The military must obey their commander in chief. McChrystal voted for bo, so I must question his judgement. He does seem sorry that he did. He has apologized for his comments, but I'm not sure that's enough. President Bush would have fired him, but I doubt bo will. Who knows where the buck stops with bo. If President Bush had been in power, the left would have been cheering on General McChrystal.

When Barack Obama entered the Oval Office, he immediately set out to deliver on his most important campaign promise on foreign policy: to refocus the war in Afghanistan on what led us to invade in the first place. "I want the American people to understand," he announced in March 2009. "We have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan." He ordered another 21,000 troops to Kabul, the largest increase since the war began in 2001. Taking the advice of both the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he also fired Gen. David McKiernan – then the U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan – and replaced him with a man he didn't know and had met only briefly: Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It was the first time a top general had been relieved from duty during wartime in more than 50 years, since Harry Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur at the height of the Korean War.

Even though he had voted for Obama, McChrystal and his new commander in chief failed from the outset to connect. 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 fucking war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed."


Anonymous said...

you need to correct your spelling before I keep reading.

Anonymous said...

spelling aside, sometimes you just have to call a spade a spade even if it gets you fired. been there done that. no regrets.

AtlanticJim said...

Don't fire him, don't accept an apology.

Court martial him.

Honey Pot said...

I am hoping that McChrystal did the right thing pointing out that Obama is a pussy who can't focus. I am quite sure the world leaders were all thinking that anyway, but having it pointed out publicly by the guy who we are all counting on, sealed it. He knew what he was doing, and he knew it was the only way.

I believe he did it for the troops, to get them to hell out of there. Unless you are an Obama imbecile, you realize that Israel has to nuke Iran's nuclear facilities in the near future.

Sure, later the soldiers can go back over and do the humanitarian aid thing, rebuild Iran and all that jazz, but they shouldn't be there when that happens.

I hope Obama has enough balls to court martial him so he can get his troops to hell out of that shithole.

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