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  • Retired Air Force Colonel With Three Graduate Degrees Is Homeless And Sleeps In A Van

    01/06/2014 1:49:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    TEC ^ | 01/06/2014 | Michael Snyder
    What advice would you give to a retired Air Force Colonel that has three graduate degrees and that cannot even find work as a janitor? 59-year-old Robert Freniere once served as a special assistant to General Stanley McChrystal, and he has spent extensive time in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But now this man who once had an office in the heart of the Pentagon cannot find anyone who will hire him. In addition to his story, in this article you will also hear about several other middle-aged professionals that cannot find work in this economy either. Despite what 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: Hastings contacted us just before his death

    06/20/2013 6:32:59 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    The Telegraph blogs ^ | June 19, 2013 | By Tim Stanley
    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? Michael Hastings was a much admired freelance journalist who covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and helped to bring down General Stanley McChrystal. He was tragically killed this week in a car crash in Los Angeles, after his car hit a tree. Hastings is believed to have been alone in the vehicle. Hastings has certainly been in...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • McChrystal Resigns Over Critical Remarks, Obama Names Petraeus as Replacement

    06/23/2010 11:49:01 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 20 replies ^ | Published June 23, 2010
    Obama announced he has accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan ... In doing so, Obama nominated Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command and the former commanding general in Iraq, to replace him. The president stressed that while the decision was a difficult one, it does not represent a change in the course of the war. ... "I did so with considerable regret, but also with certainty that it is the right thing for our mission in Afghanistan, for our military and for our country," Obama said. "War is bigger than...
  • McChrystal 'aimed to send message to Obama'

    06/22/2010 6:00:49 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 29 replies
    General Stanley McChrystal and his staff spoke on the record and wanted to send a message to US President Barack Obama conveying their "frustration" with the Afghan war policy, the Rolling Stone article's author has said. Michael Hastings, the journalist who spent weeks with the blunt-talking commander of US forces in Afghanistan, also told ABC News it became clear during his time with McChrystal and his team that "there are serious skeptics (about the war) in the highest levels of his staff." McChrystal has been summoned to the White House on Wednesday to explain the article in which he and...
  • The Runaway General (The Articles Up!)

    06/22/2010 9:54:44 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 104 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | Jun 22, 2010 10:00 AM EDT | Michael Hastings
    'How'd I get screwed into going to this dinner?" demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It's a Thursday night in mid-April, and the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hôtel Westminster in Paris. He's in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies – to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually have allies. Since McChrystal took over a year ago, the Afghan war has become the exclusive property of the United States. Opposition to the war has already toppled the Dutch government, forced the resignation...
  • NBC's Andrea Mitchell: McChrystal Was Insubordinate And Should Be "Canned"

    06/22/2010 7:04:51 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 90 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 22, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    What Gen. McChrystal said "crosses the line of insubordination and it crosses the line of the military code of justice. He has challenged the commander-in-chief and legally, morally, ethically and professionally he ought to be canned."
  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal, top commander in Afghanistan, ordered home over Rolling Stone comments

    06/22/2010 6:08:36 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 26 replies
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER ^ | Tuesday, June 22nd 2010, 8:51 AM | BY SEAN ALFANO
    Expect violent summer in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal says... Gen. Stanley McChrystal apologized from overseas Tuesday for ripping the administration in a magazine article. Now, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan will have a chance to say sorry in person. McChyrstal has been ordered to Washington to explain why he and his staff criticized the White House in a recent Rolling Stone interview, administration officials said Tuesday. Earlier, McChrystal had attempted to defuse the backlash over his comments in the piece, titled "The Runaway General." "I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor...
  • U.S. Defense Secretary: Afghan Strategy Bears Fruit, Iraq on Track

    02/10/2010 1:27:17 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 211+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/20/2010 | Donna Miles
    Noting signs that the new strategy in Afghanistan “is beginning to bear fruit,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates also said during an interview aired last night that the effort to build up Iraq’s security forces and move forward with the U.S. drawdown plan there remains on track. The secretary noted signs of a possible turnaround in Afghanistan, as expressed last week at the NATO Ministerial in Istanbul by Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander on the ground. “He thought the situation was still serious, but no longer deteriorating,” Gates said. “I think we are beginning to...
  • McChrystal focuses on peace with Taliban: report

    01/24/2010 9:13:47 PM PST · by UAConservative · 70 replies · 2,274+ views
    Google News (AFP) ^ | January 24, 2010 | News Wire
    LONDON — The NATO commander in Afghanistan said his troop surge could lead to a negotiated peace with the Taliban, in an interview published Monday ahead of a major conference this week on the war. US General Stanley McChrystal also told the Financial Times he hopes his allies will leave Thursday's meeting in London with a "renewed commitment" to the increasingly bloody conflict. By using the 30,000-strong surge in US troops to secure territory stretching from the Taliban's southern heartlands to Kabul, the general said he aims to weaken the insurgency so much its leaders would accept a political settlement....
  • Hybrid Strategy Risky in Afghanistan

    11/04/2009 12:27:00 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 365+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 11/2/2009 | Greg Grant
    The ongoing debate over the way forward in Afghanistan has settled into the “light footprint,” counterterrorism approach, versus the “heavy footprint,” population-centric counterinsurgency approach. Reportedly, what is about to emerge from the Obama administration is a hybrid of the two, with the vast majority of troops providing security in Afghanistan’s major population centers and pulling troops out of less populated rural zones. Drone strikes and periodic raids would be employed to check the Taliban in remote areas. The danger in such an approach is that once rural villages are ceded to insurgent control, they may never be recaptured as the...
  • NATO Ministers Endorse McChrystal Approach in Afghanistan

    10/24/2009 10:48:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 340+ views
    Global Security ^ | 10/23/2009 | Al Pessin
    NATO defense ministers Friday endorsed the kind of broad counterinsurgency approach for Afghanistan that is the basis for the pending troop request by the NATO and the U.S. commander there, General Stanley McChrystal. The ministers, including U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, are meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the defense ministers have a "general shared view" that the alliance must make Afghanistan strong enough to defend itself against militant forces. And he said the ministers also agree on the approach for accomplishing that. "There is the support of this counterinsurgency strategy, which means that ministers...
  • Obama Can't Outsource Afghanistan- George Bush succeeded by talking to his generals regularly

    10/01/2009 8:14:47 AM PDT · by opentalk · 47 replies · 1,285+ views
    So our top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has told CBS's "60 Minutes" that he has spoken with President Barack Obama only once since June. This is a troubling revelation. Right now, our commander in chief is preparing to make one of the most important decisions of his presidency—whether to commit additional troops to win the war in Afghanistan. Being detached or incurious about what our commanders are experiencing makes it hard to craft a winning strategy.
  • Cross dressing taliban escape from Marines in burqas

    07/09/2009 1:14:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 1,663+ views
    SNIPPET: "CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – U.S. Marines trapped Taliban fighters in a residential compound and persuaded the insurgents to allow women and children to leave. The troops then moved in — only to discover that the militants had slipped out, dressed in women's burqa robes.[...] On Monday, images from a Predator drone showed a dozen fighters and at least 15 to 20 civilians inside a mud-brick compound in the village of Khan Neshin, about 60 miles north of the Pakistani border. Because of the civilians, the U.S. troops held their fire, and instead used a military translator and village elder...