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At Frum Forum: McChrystal Did No Wrong

Posted on June 23 2010 9:00 am
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Like all good U.S. military leaders, General McChrystal has saluted his civilian leadership and carried out his orders.

John Guardiano’s latest post at FrumForum

The Left, and even some authority-loving conservatives, are calling for General Stanley McChrystal’s scalp because of remarks they say are “insubordinate.” But insubordination has a very precise meaning; and it does not involve candidly expressing mild disappointment in your superiors. Yet, that, it seems, is the only thing McChrystal did when speaking with a reporter from Rolling Stone magazine.

“I found that time [meeting with Obama for the first time last fall] painful,” McChrystal reportedly said. “I was selling an unsellable position.”

And when asked about Vice President Biden, the General said with a laugh: “Are you asking about Vice President Biden? Who’s that?”

McChrystal also expressed mild annoyance with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Indeed, according to CNN:

At one point on his trip to Paris, McChrystal checks his BlackBerry, according to the article. ‘Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke,’ he groans. ‘I don’t even want to open it.’ He clicks on the message and reads the salutation out loud, then stuffs the BlackBerry back in his pocket, not bothering to conceal his annoyance.


Of Eikenberry, who railed against McChrystal’s strategy in Afghanistan in a cable leaked to TheNew York Times in January, the General said, “‘Here’s one that covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say, ‘I told you so.’

Now, all of this may be impolitic, but it is also pretty tame. And it certainly doesn’t show insubordination. Instead, what it shows is…

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