General McCrystal is the Commander, International Security
Assistance Force
(ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A).[3]
He previously served as Director, Joint Staff from August 2008
to June 2009 and as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command
from 2003 to 2008, where he was credited with the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al-Qaeda
in Iraq
, but also criticized for his alleged role in the cover-up of the Pat
Tillman friendly fire incident
McChrystal has a reputation for saying and thinking what other military leaders
are afraid to, one of the reasons cited for his current appointment, which he
assumed on June 15, 2009.[5]
Following unflattering remarks about the vice president and other
administration officials attributed to McChrystal's aides in a Rolling Stone
article, McChrystal has been summoned to Washington, D.C. and has reportedly
offered his resignation to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.[6]

Recently he had an embed reporter from “Rolling Stone”
Magazine  (Michael Hastings) who did a
20,000 foot eval on the General and his action/relationships with both American
and Afghanistan leaders. The reporter, like many will attach themselves to you
and record everything. Nothing is off the record, nothing.  We had some very interesting situations
during this last deployment similar to what the General is going through…but that’s
another story.

Gen McCrystal is currently being eyed for his comments
within the article relating to the President of the United States ( POTUS). It
will be interesting to see how this is handled. I know in (Marineistan- as many
officials are calling Afghanistan because of the great success the USMC is
having in its areas of operations) that although the Marine corps is doing
well, its mission isn’t to hold positions for a long period of time (That’s the
Army’s job-Marine Corps is in fast, kill bad guys, and move onto next hot spot-“Expeditionary”)
but the small units are mastering the counter insurgency operation very, very
well, with very few civilian casualties. The other forces are trying to figure
out how the USMC can do this, but they can’t (again, another story) .

Depending on what will be the “next step” for POTUS, there
are two US Marine Corps General eyed for the job and to replace Gen McCrystal is that is what POTUS does. The two Marine Generals qued up are Gen Mattis and Gen
Allen. MTF

Read the article from Rolling Stone here


  1. I agree with Andy I’d buy the General a case of his Bud Light Lime for speaking his mind. You are dead on about the marines that do what they do very well. I think that a Marine Gen. would have done good in McChrystal’s spot. Nice blog you have here I’ll keep checking in.

  2. For General McCrystal and his band of brothers….
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d, And rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall live this day, and see old age, Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian.’ Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars, And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.’
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot, But he’ll remember, with advantages, What feats he did that day.
    Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words-Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
    Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
    This story shall the good man teach his son; And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered- We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
    Henry V
    Act I
    Scene three the English camp

  3. A friend is worrying, no matter how hard the change, in truth, Regardless of how busy work, often in regards, Whatever the horizon or zhichi, let blessing in! Today, tomorrow, let us every day! The new week! Wish you happy everyday friends, healthy body, all the best!

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