Skip to comments.The curious sacking of Gen McKiernan
Posted on 05/12/2009 10:07:49 PM PDT by garyhope
It seems harsh to suggest the Pentagon top brass don't know what they're doing. But those who care to read the transcript of the press conference at which the sacking of the top American general in Afghanistan was announced may find that conclusion hard to resist. "In some ways we're learning as we go here," said Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs. It was not a reassuring admission.
The public defenestration of General David McKiernan, a distinguished career officer who took command in Kabul less than one year ago, was brutal in that cold, callous way peculiar to American officialdom. More to the point, it remains largely unexplained. "We can and must do better ... We have a new policy set by our president, a new strategy, a new mission ... I believe new military leadership is also needed," said Robert Gates, the defence secretary.
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Krauthammer spoke highly of his replacement McCrystal on Fox today, FWIW.
Is Afghanistan going to be ZERO’s Vietnam?
A lot of freepers have too on other threads.
Do we know this FOR A FACT or is the Boston Globe just making it up?!
there is a crucial caveat that Gates and President Obama need to keep in mind as they evaluate the new commanders and their new strategy. McChrystal and the new number two commander in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General David Rodriguez, must make one tenet in their guerrilla warfare playbook an absolute priority: protection of the civilian population.
The Taliban are reaping benefits from a dynamic that should be familiar from other guerrilla wars. When Taliban fighters stage an ambush, US forces frequently feel compelled to call in air strikes or artillery fire. And all too often, as happened last week, innocent Afghan villagers are hurt or killed.
The inevitable outcome is widespread anger against the foreign army. This is what Afghan President Hamid Karzai lamented again and again last week during a visit to Washington. He begged Americans to stop killing Afghan civilians.
not knowing jack about this but hearing that the new brass is a former spec ops guy and that Gates suggested this I think this may be the rare instance maybe Teleprompter in Chief got it right
or didn’t get in the way
somebody correct me please if i’m wrong
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US forces frequently feel compelled to call in air strikes or artillery fire
That the way we wage war. I’m sure the Afghan Prez would rather have us use tasers and kid gloves and lose 10,000 troops but that ain’t the way we do it.
We should have someone comment on how many civilians the talis kill every stinking month.
So does that mean that American casualties will now go up? If so, that should please the Left.
>>Is Afghanistan going to be ZEROs Vietnam?<<
The danger is that its going to be OUR next Vietnam. This is one of those situations where we can’t afford to have a President from the other party fail.
[ Is Afghanistan going to be ZEROs Vietnam? ]
Kingfish Stevens(Zero) running the Afganistan war is what we have..
i.e. Amos N’Andy
Unfortunately, the war-fighting record of Democrat presidents isn't terribly encouraging.
Sounds to me that the General in Afghanistan probably disagreed with Obama’s plans for more troops, and probably for suggesting going into Pakistan like Obama said he wanted to do in his campaign... I don’t know anything about the former commander in that area, all I know is that Obama can’t really stand being told he’s wrong — he believes he knows best, even if the commanders on the ground are telling him they firmly disagree. I would imagine that would get someone “sacked” in a hurry in Obama’s military...
All just my armchair opinion...
Well, that’s a good thing at least...
Honestly, I think Obama is planning on turning Afghanistan into the “Pakistan War” and putting our troops in the mountains like he spoke of during the campaign...
THAT would be Zero’s Vietnam, IMHO.
Worse. Its going to turn into some UN style political correct clusterf@@k getting alot of US and our allies soliders coming home in bodybags. All in the name of “making sure the taliban feelings don’t get hurt” and Obama maintains his poll numbers with the upper eastside manhattan liberals and SF moonbats.
I suspect this general refused to publicly condemn “don’t ask, don’t tell” and wouldn’t get on board Zero’s desire to appease his sodomite constituency by repealing the policy. That’s my guess.
Let’s see what happens over the next couple of months.
You’re right sir.
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