Posted By Jeff Dunetz On June 22, 2010 (10:07
am) In Defense,
News,
Obama,
Politics

I
extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake
reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened. Throughout my
career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and
professional integrity. What is reflected in this article falls far
short of that standard. I have enormous respect and admiration for
President Obama and his national security team, and for the
civilian leaders and troops fighting this war and I remain committed to
ensuring its successful outcome.”
-General Stanley McChrystal,
6/22/2010

The interview of General
McChrystal and his in Rolling Stone was not an accident, it’s a perfect
 example of suicide by interview.  The General knew that
every criticism would be “on the record.”  He also knew that the
President will have no choice but to relieve the General of his command
after their meeting tomorrow. The Military Code of Justice  provides
that a General does not criticize the Commander-in-Chief publicly
however,  the General criticized  Obama in a major way and even picked
the perfect vehicle to do it in the most visible of ways.

McChrystal’s statements clearly
point to the fact that he believes the war cannot be won under the
President’s parameters, a tepid escalation to protect the president from
his political supports. McChrystal  is clearly frustrated by  Barack
Obama
and his administration and finds it necessary to protect
his men. He finds himself having to take radical steps to protect his
troops in the face of an administration trying to fight a war on a
half-assed basis.

According to Fox, Some of the highlights of the up-coming
article include:

  • Although
    McChrystal voted for Obama, the two failed to connect from the start.
    Obama called McChrystal on the carpet last fall for speaking too bluntly
    about his desire for more troops. The President did not want to hear
    his advice. “I found that time painful,” McChrystal said in the article,
    on newsstands Friday. “I was selling an unsellable position.”
  • It quoted an
    adviser to McChrystal dismissing the early meeting with Obama as a
    “10-minute photo op.Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he
    was. The boss was pretty disappointed,” the adviser told the magazine.
  • The military is
    clearly unhappy about Obama’s arbitrary deadline of July of next year.
    The White House’s troop commitment was toed a pledge to begin bringing
    them home
    in July 2011. Counterinsurgency
    strategists advising McChrystal regarded as an arbitrary deadline.
  • The article list
    of administration figures said to back McChrystal, including Gates and Secretary
    of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
    , and puts the SCHMOTUS (Schmo of
    the United States), Vice President Joe Biden at the top of
    a list of those who don’t. The article says McChrystal has seized
    control of the war “by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The
    wimps in the White House.”
  • Asked by the
    Rolling Stone reporter about what he now feels of the war strategy
    advocated by the SHMOTUS  last fall (fewer troops, more drone attacks),
    McChrystal and his aides attempted to come up with a good one-liner to
    dismiss the question. “Are you asking about Vice President Biden?”
    McChrystal  joked. “Who’s that?” “Biden?” one aide was quoted as
    saying. “Did you say: Bite me?”
  • Another aide
    called White House National Security Adviser Jim Jones, a
    retired four star general, a “clown” who was “stuck in 1985.
  • Some of the
    strongest criticism, however, was reserved for Richard Holbrooke,
    Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan
    . “The boss says he’s like a wounded animal,” one of the general’s
    aides was quoted as saying. “Holbrooke keeps hearing rumors that he’s
    going to get fired, so that makes him dangerous.”
  • If Eikenberry had
    doubts about the troop buildup, McChrystal said he never expressed them
    until a leaked internal document threw a wild card into the debate over
    whether to add more troops last November. In the document, Eikenberry
    said Afghan President Hamid Karzai was not a reliable
    partner for the counterinsurgency strategy McChrystal was hired to
    execute. McChrystal said he felt “betrayed” and accused the ambassador
    of giving himself cover. Here’s one that covers his flank for the
    history books,” McChrystal told the magazine. “Now, if we fail, they can
    say ‘I told you so.”‘

McChrystal is a Four-Star General, a position you do
not achieve by being an idiot. Today’s military leadership is well
schooled not only in war-making but in diplomacy.  He knew what the
content of the article would be. He also knew that the article would
lead his own dismissal (or the proverbial resignation letter
where he says he’s quitting to spend more time with his family).

The Rolling Stone
interview
highlights the difference in the leadership
styles
of the President and the General. When this President
faces a crisis,  he looks for someone either internally or externally to
blame. On the other hand, the General sees the War in Afghanistan
reaching a crisis point because of the way it is being waged, rather
than looking to find a scapegoat in his ranks as Obama would do,
McChrystal found a way to let the country know what is really happening,
while at the same time redirect any criticism for the war effort,
away from his men and on to his own wide shoulders.

Notice that even in his apology above,the General does
not take back the comments, he simply apologizes for making the
comments. The Military commander was sending his troops and the
administration a message.
 To the troops he was saying ” I
have your backs even to the point of hurting my own career.” The
message for the administration was, “Your way isn’t working,  let us do
what is necessary to win this war.  Even though this was a violation of
the Code of Honor, the General’s statements were a service to America
and to his men by confirming what we all suspected, the President and
his administration do not have a clue.

Comments

  1. “I have enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team, and for the civilian leaders”
    No, he doesn’t…otherwise none of this would have happened.
    Great article, best one that makes sense.

  2. God bless General McChrystal for having the courage to actually say what most in the military think. Sad to say, I doubt the chimp-in-chief “gets it”.

  3. Baloney! this guy stopped having anyone’s back about the the time he made Ltcol. You don,t become a four star caring about anyone but yourself. It’s the old power-trip thing. He got too big for his britches, I for one am glad to see him get slapped down.

  4. Well let’s just all pile on. As for me and my house we’ll wait for the General to defend his position. This county owes him that and more. I refuse to believe this man was afraid to stand up and tell it like it is to his CIC and chose to let some little pip squeak of a RS reporter carry his water for him. If the General is at fault in this particular matter it is probably one of the heart. He trusted those he loves and would die for with confidences weighing on his mind. Of course none of us would ever make that human mistake. Now would we?

  5. From the day I heard of this interview I said “thank you” at least someone is letting America know Obama doesn’t have a clue!! Having 2 Marine sons I want this war over, but I want it won and ALL of our military home safe and sound.

  6. Is there anybody who doesn’t realize that Afghanistan is a classic ‘failed state’? It is made up of numerous tribes who don’t get along with each other. In my opinion, in order to make any geographical region into a nation, you have to be able to get the players to agree on a mutual mission. These tribes won’t do that. Unfortunately, Afghanistan has elements, such as the opium merchants, who command
    power through money. How much of the opium booty has financed Al Qaeda weapons, roadside bombs and 9-11? We are in a rock-and-hard-place position with Afghanistan: We gotta do something. But, what will make us safest? That’s the rub.
    General McChrystal was handed a huge can of worms. After all the cutesy banter I’ve read about his comments, it might be time to realize that he wasn’t given a clear-cut mission.

  7. What our troops do for us is awesome…
    In appreciation for all that our troops and their families do 4 R Freedom, I have written a song to express my appreciation and gratitude.
    Please give it a listen at http://www.4R­Freedom.US
    There is also a page for our troops and their families to express the many hardships they endure while loved ones are so bravely serving this great nation.

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