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  • 3 clues the White House needs to cover up Bergdahl

    06/07/2014 5:41:35 AM PDT · by GregNH · 43 replies
    Allen West Blog ^ | 6/06/2014 | Allen West
    As more revelations emerge about Bergdahl’s disappearance, it becomes clearer that the White House has something really big to hide. Here are three clues: 1. In predictable fashion, those who question the official story must be discredited. The Soldiers who are providing their own on-the-ground recollections must be “psychopaths,” as an Obama administration official at HUD referred to them. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf has attacked their integrity, and now the media has resurrected “swift-boating” — all meant to disparage, demean, and discredit these brave American Soldiers. This is what liberals do — and I speak from experience. 2. The...
  • Suspicions Growing Over Death of Journalist Probing NSA and CIA Abuses

    07/09/2013 8:32:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 132 replies
    The New American ^ | 08 July 2013 | Alex Newman
    Weeks after the fiery death of investigative journalist Michael Hastings , who was probing abuses by the CIA and NSA and had recently informed others that he was being investigated by federal authorities, suspicions about his mysterious car crash are still swirling around the Internet. While police officially ruled the death an “accident,” serious questions are still surfacing — even in the establishment media and among prominent officials. Based on e-mails Hastings sent out shortly before he died about working on a “big story” and needing to go “off the radar,” it has become clear that he was worried, too....
  • WikiLeaks says Michael Hastings contacted it just before his death

    06/20/2013 4:58:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Last updated: June 19th, 2013 | By Tim Stanley
    WikiLeaks says Michael Hastings contacted it just before his death. Are they implying he was murdered? WikiLeaks just threw some gasoline onto the conspiracy fire. On Wednesday night, they Tweeted: “Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.” What exactly are they trying to say?
  • Famed Non-Automotive Journalist Michael Hastings Turns A C250 Into A “Bomb”

    06/19/2013 4:04:13 PM PDT · by jjotto · 76 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | June 19, 2013 | Jack Baruth
    The writing-about-writing crowd is abuzz with discussion about the rather unusual death of Buzzfeed/RollingStone/Gawker writer Michael Hastings. Mr. Hastings, whose name is never mentioned in the press without the immediate mention that he was “the fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal”, died in a single-car accident in Los Angeles yesterday morning. This in and of itself is not unusual, but the circumstances of the crash and its aftermath won’t do anything to quiet the conspiracy theorists who are already claiming that the military-industrial complex found a way to cap the guy. The definitive video...
  • Michael Hastings Dead At 33

    06/19/2013 1:01:21 PM PDT · by knarf · 38 replies
    L A Times ^ | June 19, 2013 | joseph serna
    Los Angeles police said they have yet to determine the cause of a fiery solo-car crash in Hollywood that apparently killed award-winning journalist Michael Hastings. The death of the 33-year-old Hastings was announced by his employer, BuzzFeed, which said he died in a Los Angeles car accident. But the Los Angeles County coroner's office had yet to determine Wednesday whether a body recovered from a fiery car crash was that of Hastings. The body was “unrecognizable” and badly charred, police told the Los Angeles Times. The body is identified only as "John Doe 117.”
  • Journalist Michael Hastings dies at 33 in car accident

    06/19/2013 1:07:57 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    zap2it ^ | June 19, 2013
    Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings dies in a single-car accident in Los Angeles Tuesday morning (June 18). Hasting's was best-known for a profile he penned in 2010 that led to the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal, the man in charge of the US-led war effort in Afghanistan. Hasting's death was first reported by Buzzfeed and Rolling Stone, two of the many outlets he contributed to. He was also an accomplished author, with three books to his credit. The first, "I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story," tells the story of his fiancee's death in Iraq, while he was...
  • Rolling Stone Journalist, Author Believed to be Dead in Hollywood Crash

    06/18/2013 6:29:19 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 41 replies
    NBC LA ^ | Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013
    Journalist Michael Hastings, whose blunt Rolling Stone profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal led to the resignation of the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, died Tuesday in a car crash in Los Angeles, according to the magazine and a website for which he worked. Officials with the Los Angeles County coroner's office could not immediately confirm if the 33-year-old Hastings was the person who died around 4:25 a.m. when a car smashed into a tree and caught fire on Highland Avenue near Melrose Avenue in the Hancock Park area
  • Journalist Michael Hastings Died in a Car Accident(ended Gen. McChrystal's career)

    06/18/2013 6:52:56 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 55 replies
    Los Angeles Magazine ^ | June 18, 2013 | Shayna Rose Arnold
    Journalist Michael Hastings died in car accident in Los Angeles today. Details of the accident have not been released. He was 33. Best known for his 2010 profile of General Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone—it effectively ended the military career of the man who had led the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan—Hastings won the 2010 Polk award for magazine reporting and wrote a book about his experience reporting on the war, The Operators: The wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. A second book, I Lost My Love in Baghdad, details Hastings’ time as a war correspondent...
  • McChrystal: Time to think about bringing back the draft?

    01/15/2013 12:24:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 13, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    General Stanley McChrystal is still making the rounds plugging his new book, as well as talking about any old issue of the day the media cares to toss his way. He sat down on Face the Nation this morning and hit a few of the standard questions on Afghanistan, gun control and Chuck Hagel, before Bob Schieffer decided to ask him whether or not it was time to bring back the draft. (H/T NRO) When asked about his thoughts on implementing a draft on CBS’s Face the Nation, General Stanley A. McChrystal said national service would have a positive impact...
  • McChrystal backs gun restrictions

    01/08/2013 5:51:00 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 123 replies
    politico.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | KEVIN ROBILLARD
    Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal backed banning assault weapons on Tuesday, saying guns like the M4 and M16 belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets. ”I spent a career carrying typically either a M16 and later, a M4 carbine,” McChrystal said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And a M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It’s designed to do that. That’s what our soldiers ought to carry.” He added, “I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind...
  • McChrystal: Time to bring back the draft

    07/05/2012 11:51:33 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 144 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | July 3, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said this week that the United States should bring back the draft if it ever goes to war again. "I think we ought to have a draft. I think if a nation goes to war, it shouldn't be solely be represented by a professional force, because it gets to be unrepresentative of the population," McChrystal said at a late-night event June 29 at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. "I think if a nation goes to war, every town, every city needs to be at risk. You make that...
  • Siemens hires sacked US general McChrystal

    12/20/2011 12:07:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    The Local ^ | 20 Dec 11 11:18 CET
    German industrial giant Siemens has hired the American general fired for criticizing US President Barack Obama in public—to head up its attempt to get more US government contracts. General Stanley McChrystal was in charge of US troops in Afghanistan when comments he made saying the army was unprepared for the war there, were published in Rolling Stone magazine, after which he was sacked. Now he has been appointed as chairman of the board for the newly-created Siemens Government Technologies in Washington, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. The move is part of Siemens’ strategy to try to double its $1 billion a...
  • Probe: Troops left exposed in deadly Afghan attack

    06/10/2011 11:06:33 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies
    AP/google ^ | 6-10-10 | Richard Lardner
    A U.S. military investigation says command failures left American soldiers in an indefensible position without adequate support when hundreds of insurgents attacked their remote outpost in northeastern Afghanistan with rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and guns. Eight troops died. Twenty-two others were wounded during the October 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Keating, one the deadliest battles during the nearly decade-long war. The investigation released Friday by U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., recommended giving four officers letters of admonition or reprimand for putting the 53 American troops in a vulnerable position at the outpost in mountainous Nuristan province near the Pakistan border.
  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal exonerated

    04/19/2011 12:39:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/19/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    When Rolling Stone ran its story, "The Runaway General, last year on Afghanistan top commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, President Obama said that the story showed conduct that "undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core. And it erodes the trust that's necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan." Remember the calls for McChrystal's head in the wake of the story? After years of encouraging the military to deride George W. Bush, Democrats saw any military criticism of the White House as lese majeste. House Appropriations Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., summed...
  • Pentagon Inquiry Into Article Clears McChrystal and Aides

    04/18/2011 3:10:29 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    NYT ^ | April 18, 2011 | THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON — An inquiry by the Defense Department inspector general into a magazine profile that resulted in the abrupt, forced retirement of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal has cleared the general, his military aides and civilian advisers of all wrongdoing. Pentagon investigators said they were unable to confirm the events as reported in the June 2010 article in Rolling Stone, and the inquiry’s final review challenged the accuracy of the profile of General McChrystal, who was the top commander in Afghanistan. The article, headlined “The Runaway General,” quoted people identified as senior aides to the general making disparaging statements about members...
  • Pat Tillman’s mother calls for McChrystal’s removal from White House post

    04/14/2011 11:03:08 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/14/2011 | Matt DeLong
    The mother of former professional football player Pat Tillman is calling for the removal of Gen. Stanley McChrystal from his recent appointment by the White House as co-chair of a commission on military families, ABC News reports. Mary Tillman, whose son left his NFL career to become an Army Ranger and was killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire in April 2004, said McChrystal — the commander of special operations in Afghanistan at the time — was involved in the coverup of the circumstances surrounding Pat Tillman’s death and said President Obama’s appointment of the now-retired general “makes him look foolish.”...
  • Ousted Gen. McChrystal to Write Memoir (Surprise!)

    12/22/2010 7:53:47 PM PST · by Stayfrosty · 34 replies · 5+ views
    MyFoxDC ^ | Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010, 6:34 PM EST | NA
    (NewsCore) - There's no silencing Stanley McChrystal. The controversial retired general, who was infamously axed as head commander of the US mission in Afghanistan, will lay out his vision of leadership in a no-holds-barred memoir set for release next year, publisher Portfolio/Penguin announced Wednesday.
  • Obama's aide's squeals of delight for Gen. firing

    09/24/2010 11:17:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 24, 2010 | By CHARLES HURT
    WASHINGTON -- White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was delighted by the humiliating downfall of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, according to a new book by Bob Woodward. "Like a pig in s- - -" is how Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell described it to others. "Obama's Wars" chronicles widespread infighting during the Obama administration's first 19 months, especially regarding the decision to send 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan. One of the people adamantly opposed to the decision was Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who was concerned that it would imperil President Obama's aggressive domestic agenda. "Nothing would make Rahm happier than if I...
  • McChrystal Article Inquiry Leaves Questions Open (Was General's Firing a Set-Up?)

    09/23/2010 1:18:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/22/2010 | Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — An Army inquiry into a Rolling Stone magazine article about Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal has found that it was not the general or senior officers on his staff who made the most egregious comments that led to his abrupt dismissal as the top Afghan commander in June, according to Army and Pentagon officials. But the review, commissioned after an embarrassing and disruptive episode, does not wholly resolve who was responsible for the inflammatory quotations, most of which were anonymous. The Army review has been turned over to a higher-level inquiry by the Pentagon’s inspector general, because the matter...
  • McChrystal to teach at Yale in fall 2010

    08/16/2010 9:30:13 AM PDT · by Justaham · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8-16-10 | Elise Viebeck
    Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been hired by Yale University to teach a graduate course on leadership. McChrystal was ousted as commander in Afghanistan in July after derisive comments he and his staff made about their political bosses surfaced in an issue of Rolling Stone. In a statement released Monday, Yale announced that McChrystal's seminar would "examine how dramatic changes in globalization have increased the complexity of modern leadership.'' The course will be offered in fall 2010 by Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where McChrystal has been appointed a senior fellow. The former general said in an accompanying statement...
  • Pat Tillman's mother on Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal: I told you so

    08/08/2010 6:37:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 8, 2010 | Mary Tillman
    Mary Tillman speaks on Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his role in covering up the truth about her son's death.Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal was forced to retire because of remarks he made to a Rolling Stone reporter. Having read the article that led to his departure, I feel strangely validated. "The Runaway General" described by journalist Michael Hastings is exactly the arrogant individual I believed him to be.
  • Petraeus' Rules of Engagement: Tougher Than McChrystal's

    08/06/2010 11:24:55 AM PDT · by Sprite518 · 29 replies
    Time ^ | 08/06/2010 | Jason Motlagh
    The servicemen say that the strict rules put them in greater danger, even as they aim to avoid civilian casualties.
  • Army probing McChrystal staff over Rolling Stone interview

    08/04/2010 11:25:32 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 20 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 08/04/2010 | NANCY A. YOUSSEF
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army inspector general is investigating whether aides to former Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal were insubordinate when they made a series of derogatory comments about top civilian leaders to a Rolling Stone reporter, McClatchy Newspapers has learned.
  • Best quote of 2009 (Vanity)

    07/27/2010 6:42:43 PM PDT · by fuzzybutt · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Email | 7/27/2010 | Unknown
    Never Wait In Another Long Line Again!! Best quote of 2009 The General is a quick thinker.. President Obama was having that one, lone brief conversation this year with General McChrystal about Afghanistan. Things were obviously not going the way the General had hoped. Obama could sense this, and told him, "I bet when I die, you'll pee on my grave."To which General McChrystal answers, "No sir, I've always said that when I get out of the Army, I'll never again wait in another long line."
  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal retirement

    07/24/2010 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 24th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, awards the Distinguished Service Medal to U.S. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as he stands with is wife, Annie, during a retirement ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., July 23, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry D. Morrison Looks like Gen. McChrystal and his wife are really trying hard to hold the emotions inside. Awkward moment. Defense Secretary Robert Gates summed it up: We bid farewell to Stan McChrystal today with pride and sadness. Pride for his unique record as a man and soldier; sadness that our comrade...
  • Can General McCrystal’s Firing be a Teachable Moment?

    07/11/2010 4:04:35 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-11-10 | Brother Bob
    I know that this is somewhat old news by now. I meant to get this post up last week, but a few personal items kept me from finishing writing until now... Like many others, I'm not too happy about how things went down with General McCrystal. While I don't like the actions of the General or the President, I can understand why both sides did what they did. This post isn't to debate what both sides did or why they did it, but to look at an important lesson that we can take from it. After the story broke, Obama...
  • What America Lost with McChrystal's Resignation

    07/08/2010 4:00:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 08, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    As is often the case with military topics, major elements of the McChrystal story have been overlooked. Virtually everyone involved, from Obama on down to the myriad media commentators (not excluding Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone writer who started it all), has disregarded one of the basic features of military command: personal leadership. Personal leadership is a topic that has received particular attention from the new military historians who have replaced the traditional tactics-and-strategy boys over the past two decades. It has been discussed in detail by Victor Davis Hanson in works as various as The Western Way of War...
  • Marine Is Gates’s Choice to Replace Petraeus

    07/08/2010 12:31:41 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has been picked to take over U.S. Central Command, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Mattis would replace Gen. David Petraeus, who is now in Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO's top military officer there. The shake-up comes as the American public questions whether the fight in Afghanistan can be won, and the Defense Department is reeling from losing its top war commander -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
  • The Petraeus challenge

    07/01/2010 2:36:51 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 1, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    We're failing in Afghanistan. Con firmed yesterday as our new com mander there, Gen. David Petraeus has the unenviable task of producing something President Obama can call a success. If Petraeus can salvage the situation so that our minimum needs are met, he'll confirm his reputation as the greatest American soldier of our time. Should he falter, he'll go down as the general who sold the Pentagon a disastrous doctrine. Petraeus did not want this job. But our president didn't know to whom else to turn in the wake of last week's debacle with Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Petraeus did his...
  • Obama's Rules of Engagement, Not McChrystal's

    06/30/2010 6:09:58 PM PDT · by Anselma · 55 replies
    private email | June 24, 2010 | withheld
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The General and the Community Organizer By [author’s name withheld by Anselma] June 24, 2010 Channel-surfing from ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN through MSNBC and Fox News, the inside-the-beltway pundits had a field day trying to get Inside the heads of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, General Stanley McChrystal, and McChrystal's top aides. The one thing common to all Of the analyses, by the most famous and highly-paid talking heads in The Western World, was that they are all wrong. Dead wrong. What is Certain is that they all owe General McChrystal and his senior aides An apology for assuming...
  • Two Down And A Petraeus To Go

    06/30/2010 12:25:46 PM PDT · by MTank50 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    CROSSHAIRS - Opinions & Commentary ^ | 06-30-10 | Michael Tank
    It has been eighteen months since Obama was sworn in as the new Commander In Chief and he is now on his third Commanding General in Afghanistan. Does anyone want to place any bets that within six to eight months there will be a forth?
  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal Will Retire With Four Stars, White House Says

    06/29/2010 3:41:18 PM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 83 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | June 29, 2010 | by David Gura
    As we reported earlier, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to confirm Gen. David Petraeus as Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
  • Gen. Petraeus' nomination puts some Democrats in awkward spot

    06/29/2010 11:20:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2010 | Alexader Bolton
    President Barack Obama’s nomination of Gen. David Petraeus has put some Democrats in a politically awkward position. While Senate Democrats are expected to rally behind Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top commander in Afghanistan, they must also ask tough questions about when the U.S. will withdraw troops from the war-torn country. Many on the left are impatient with the Afghanistan war, and some Democrats are nervous much of their base may not show up to vote in this year’s midterm elections. Meanwhile, Republicans who are looking to drive a wedge between Democratic leaders and the liberal base...
  • Who Betrays Us?

    06/29/2010 12:47:25 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 29, 2010 | G. Murphy Donovan
    Crystal is not glass. Strike crystal and it rings like a bell. When it breaks, crystal makes a special noise, a sound like the end of music. The other day, we heard the end of a special elegy, the 24 notes of taps, when General Stanley McChrystal furled his flag. McChrystal was no ordinary infantryman; he chose the road not taken. Rangers are a unique fraternity where only extraordinary warriors thrive. Those who rise to the top in any calling often walk a fine line between genius and eccentricity, and soldiers are no exception. General McChrystal crossed the line more...
  • But McChrystal has a point

    06/28/2010 3:23:00 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 11 replies
    The Pioneer, India ^ | June 26, 2010 | Ashok Malik
    What does one make of US President Barack Obama’s sacking of General Stanley McChrystal as Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and the United States Forces in Afghanistan? First, it would be pertinent to consider precedents.  Tensions and conflicts between military commanders and political leaders are not unknown. As far back as 1905, the tussle between George Nathaniel Curzon, then Viceroy of India, and Horatio Herbert Kitchener, then Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, became very messy. Ostensibly, the argument was over military reforms. Actually, it was a power struggle, with Kitchener wanting to concentrate more and more authority in...
  • Gen. McChrystal Tells Army He Will Retire

    06/28/2010 2:50:59 PM PDT · by BAW · 129 replies · 2+ views
    FOXnews.com ^ | June 28, 2010
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was fired last week as the top U.S. general in the stalemated Afghanistan war, has told the Army that he will retire.</p>
  • Disturbing disdain for the rule of law

    06/28/2010 2:26:02 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 27, 2010 | Michael Goodwin
    With the shock still fresh over the sacking of Gen. Stanley Mc Chrystal, it fell to Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, to put the case in perspective: "We are and must remain a neutral instrument of the state, accountable to and respectful of those leaders, no matter which party holds sway or which person holds a given office." Mullen's statement came as a defense of President's Obama decision to replace McChrystal, but it also served as a clear expression of the military's submission to civilian leaders. Sadly, the admiral's comment was necessary because of the dangerous...
  • The McChrystal Affair: The Death of Honor

    06/27/2010 9:10:14 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 31 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 06-28-10 | stolinsky
    After a 34-year military career, General Stanley McChrystal was relieved from command in Afghanistan because of reports in Rolling Stone that he and his staff made critical remarks about the administration. Islamic websites cited his removal by President Obama as proof that we are losing the war. General McChrystal was “taken out” as surely as if he had been hit by a bullet from an enemy sniper. He might even have preferred that. Opinions vary, but most describe him as a superb officer, one close to his troops. A key commander was removed at a critical time, because of remarks...
  • The 36 Hours That Shook Washington

    06/27/2010 5:57:13 AM PDT · by kbennkc · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | 27 JUN 10 | Op-Ed Columnist
    THE moment he pulled the trigger, there was near-universal agreement that President Obama had done the inevitable thing, the right thing and, best of all, the bold thing. But before we get carried away with relief and elation, let’s not forget what we saw in the tense 36 hours that fell between late Monday night, when word spread of Rolling Stone’s blockbuster article, and high noon Wednesday, when Obama MacArthured his general. That frenzied interlude revealed much about the state of Washington, the Afghanistan war and the Obama presidency — little of it cheering and none of it resolved by...
  • McChrystal Firing Underscores Afghan Strategy Concerns

    06/26/2010 9:02:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 6/24/2010 | Gary Thomas
    President Obama fired his commander in Afghanistan after the general and his staff made intemperate comments about administration officials that appeared in a magazine article. But what was behind the disparaging comments? They may be symptomatic of a deeper frustration with the conduct of the U.S. effort in Afghanistan. By themselves, the comments by General Stanley McChrystal and his aides, made in the presence of a reporter from Rolling Stone magazine, are harsh. One aide calls National Security Advisor General James Jones a clown. Another rude comment is directed at Vice President Biden. General McChrystal himself speaks disparagingly of special...
  • Military disturbed by rapid turnover at top in Afghan, Iraq wars

    06/26/2010 7:12:42 PM PDT · by Saije · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/26/2010 | Greg Jaffe
    Since 2001, a dozen commanders have cycled through the top jobs in Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S. Central Command, which oversees both wars. Three of those commanders -- including the recently dismissed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal -- have been fired or resigned under pressure. History has judged many others harshly, and only two, Gen. David H. Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno, are widely praised as having mastered the complex mixture of skills that running America's wars demands. For the military, this record of mediocrity raises a vexing question: What is wrong with the system that produces top generals?*** Explanations for...
  • Rolling Stone broke rules over Stanley McChrystal interview

    06/26/2010 3:50:06 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 51 replies · 2+ views
    London Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | June 26, 2010 | Toby Harnden
    So now we know. It is mind-bogglingly inexplicable why this is only emerging now (though I have one theory on that – see below) but it turns out that Rolling Stone did not run all its quotations past McChrystal’s staff as their editor said they did. The general’s staff now say that all the offensive quotations were clearly off the record. So far from this being “terrific journalism” as my colleague Harry Mount put it, the Rolling Stone piece now looks much more like a disgrace to the profession. I say mind-boggling because if McChrystal’s staff had come out with...
  • Petraeus Redux

    06/26/2010 12:04:52 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 3 replies
    First Things Magazine ^ | David P. Goldman
    One doesn’t get promoted at the Pentagon, or for that matter on Wall Street, by telling the boss to sacrifice this quarter’s results in order to address a looming disaster in the long term. Petraeus pulled the Bush administration’s chestnuts out of the fire, as well as the reputations of conservatives who signed on to the COIN (for “counterinsurgency”) strategy of turning the American military into a Peace Corps with guns. Afghanistan is different. Hiring the locals with bags of money is far more difficult for a number of reasons. One is that there is no clear sectarian division; the...
  • Barack Obama's firing of Stanley McChrystal showed weakness and will backfire

    06/26/2010 10:33:04 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Barack Obama's firing of Stanley McChrystal showed weakness and will backfire He may have been hailed for his decisiveness, but Barack Obama sacked the wrong man and has yet to sort out his Afghanistan policy, writes Toby Harnden in Washington Published: 4:37PM BST 26 Jun 2010 For the Washington cognoscenti, the appointment of General David Petraeus marked the crescendo of President Barack Obama's Wonderful Week. In firing General Stanley McChrystal, Obama, the ultimate cool cat, was transformed into Mr Angry. The law professor finally became commander-in-chief. Obama, so the Beltway groupthink goes, turned a lose-lose situation into a political victory...
  • An incoherent resignation

    06/26/2010 11:43:14 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 45 replies
    Financial Times ^ | June 25, 2010 | Christopher Caldwell
    A question persists in the wake of the Rolling Stone article that this week led to the forced resignation of Gen Stanley McChrystal as commander of the Isaf and US forces in Afghanistan: how could a top general be so foolish as to shoot his mouth off about his dissatisfaction with White House war policy? The answer is that he wasn’t, and he didn’t. ...Gen McChrystal’s candour often upset the White House, as when he spoke of the danger of “Chaos-istan” at a meeting in London last October. But he has never directly criticised the president’s conduct of the war,...
  • Gen. McChrystal allies, Rolling Stone disagree over article's ground rules

    06/26/2010 11:15:17 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 06/26/2010 | Karen DeYoung and Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    It was 2:30 Tuesday morning in Kabul, after a busy day of travel to Kandahar and meetings with top Afghan officials, when Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal was awakened by an aide with grim news. "There's a Rolling Stone article out," the aide told McChrystal. "It's very, very bad." Forty hours later, McChrystal had been relieved of his command, his 34-year military career in tatters. Apart from a terse apology, McChrystal has not discussed publicly the disparaging remarks that he and his aides made about administration officials and that appeared in the article. On Friday, however, officials close to McChrystal began...
  • Obama: Hostage To Petraeus

    06/26/2010 10:07:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | Andrew Sullivan
    David Petraeus is the real Pope of counter-insurgency and if he decides that he needs more troops and more time and more resources in Afghanistan next year, who is going to be able to gainsay him? That's Thomas P. Barnett's shrewd assessment. Obama's pledge to start withdrawing troops in 2011 is now kaput... It really is Vietnam -- along with the crazier and crazier rationales for continuing it. But it is now re-starting in earnest ten years in, dwarfing Vietnam in scope and longevity. One suspects there is simply no stopping this war machine, just as there is no stopping...
  • McChrystalizing Failure

    06/26/2010 1:49:02 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 6/24/2010 | Ilan Berman
    The new issue of Rolling Stone magazine has yet to hit newsstands, but its centerpiece - a devastating expose of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan - already has sent shockwaves through Washington. The article, copies of which already have found their way onto the Internet, paints an unflattering picture of a military commander at war with his own civilian leadership, replete with insults of sitting officials and serious charges of political malfeasance. Since news of the piece leaked over the weekend, Gen. McChrystal has issued repeated public mea culpas and was forced to fly...
  • Taliban leaders celebrate McChrystal's resignation

    06/26/2010 1:47:49 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies
    London Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | June 25, 2010 | Douglas Murray
    I’ve been reading the Rolling Stone magazine piece that brought down General McChrystal and feel very unnerved by it. I know that the consensus dictated that, after remarks made largely by members of McChrystal’s team, the General simply had to go. But a number of things occur to me. Firstly, is America sure it has enough top generals and is doing so well in Afghanistan and Iraq that it can simply dispose of any general tripped up in such a – pretty sneaky – way by the media? I tend not to have much sympathy for politicians caught like this....
  • General McChrystal: the fall guy for the president's failure?

    06/26/2010 1:44:54 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 1+ views
    London Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | June 26, 2010 | Con Coughlin
    Before he fired him, President Barack Obama had just two conversations of any significance with General Stanley A. McChrystal, the man he appointed to win the war in Afghanistan. The first was last October when Mr Obama summoned Gen McChrystal to an awkward face-to-face meeting on board Air Force One to reprimand him for a speech he gave at a prestigious London think-tank in which he openly called on the president to back his plans for a military surge in Afghanistan. The meeting lasted 25 minutes, during which the president made it abundantly clear to his commander that if he...