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McChrystal Out, Petraeus In, Yet Buffoonish Commander-In-Chief Remains

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Posted on June 23 2010 4:30 pm

After expressing grave misgivings about his dawdling, unserious, greenhorn Commander-in-Chief’s policies, Gen. Stanley McChrystal is history.

In a sensational Rolling Stone interview appropriately titled “The Runaway General,” McChrystal and his staffers were quite right to be critical of President Obama‘s non-strategy for not winning the war in Afghanistan, but in a constitutional republic propriety requires that top generals keep their mouths (and the mouths of their aides) shut in public. Rolling Stone has a long history of blindly opposing war in general so it seems reasonable to assume the magazine went with the article in an effort to undermine America’s war effort. Longtime leftist Jann Wenner, founder of the magazine, wouldn’t have it any other way.

McChrystal’s first meeting with Obama was a disaster. Obama clearly didn’t give a farthing’s cuss about the general or about the conduct of the war. “It was a 10-minute photo op,” said a McChrystal aide. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his f***ing war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”

Last fall as McChrystal urged Obama to ramp up the Afghanistan war and send more troops Obama began a three-month review to meet with MoveOn and his paymaster George Soros re-consider his strategy for ensuring U.S. defeat in Afghanistan. “I found that time painful,” the general told Rolling Stone.

Reading the article closely, it’s not so much what the general himself said but rather what Team McChrystal said. Presumably the man surrounds himself with people who are onboard with him and who more or less reflect his views about the situation in Afghanistan.

Unless McChrystal is a complete logorrheic goober who just opens his mouth and allows his thoughts to escape Tourette’s Syndrome-style –I suspect he is not– then this must be deliberate on his part.

As Freud would say, McChrystal wanted to be fired because he didn’t want to be a part of a losing non-strategy. If so he got his wish. The general quite properly tendered his resignation to President Obama and Obama accepted it. Reports indicate Obama has selected Gen. David Petraeus to succeed McChrystal as supreme commander in the Afghanistan/Pakistan theater of war.

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