Hastings also rehashes old news about the conflict the military has had with Ambassador Eikenberry (himself a “leaker” of anti-McChrystal stories) and Special Representative Holbrooke. One aide says of Holbrooke; “Holbrooke keeps hearing rumors that he’s going to get fired, so that makes him dangerous. He’s a brilliant guy, but he just comes in, pulls on a lever, whatever he can grasp onto. But this is (counterinsurgency), and you can’t just have someone yanking on sh…t.”. The team apparently has only good things to say about Hillary Clinton. The Diplomats were also apparently upset that Hamid Karzai liked McChrystal better than them.
The subtitle of Hastings essay is “Stanley McChrystal… has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The Wimps is the White House”. But nothing in the essay justifies this heading as no evidence is provided he believes he has wimpy enemies in the White House (except the firing itself). We have a very sensitive set of leaders in Washington. Obama needed to show he is not a wimp, which his supporters on the Left seem to be accusing him of. McCain was surely irritated that he was criticized and he wants the whole bunch fired, Eikenberry and Holbrooke included (although he has not said this before). His 2 amigos, Lieberman and Graham have gone along for the ride.
Maybe the Afghanistan strategy is wrong; I have no idea and that is not my point. McChrystal is dynamic and charismatic, but does not strike me as a cowboy. Yes, I can see how the article can irritate “real men”. But “real men” would pick up the phone and say to the General “chill out, we need you, fix it”. The fact that McChrystal took full responsibility for this manufactured “crisis of insubordination” indicates strong character. The crocodile rage (the Left) and tears (the Right) manufactured by the media and the politicians over this article shows incredible weakness by us as a nation. Remember the “strong horse” versus “weak horse” analogy made so infamous by Osama Bin Laden? Well, our weak horses just fired our strong horse.
God help us.