Come to think of it, NOT ONE leftist pundit who said that McChrystal should be fired has ever contradicted anything that he, or his aides, have said. Yeah, sure they’ve all mindlessly prattled on about Obama’s supposed “brilliance” in hiring General Petraeus (probably the only general that he knows), and about how “insubordinate” McChrystal was (let this be a lesson to us all–don’t have one too many drinks at your boss’ wedding anniversary if you are within earshot of some pathetic journalistic skunk). However, no one has heard anyone say that McChrystal was wrong and that Obama showed decisive leadership with regard to the war in Afghanistan, or that the civilian leadership isn’t horribly bungling things in Afghanistan. In fact, Toby Harnden summed it up perfectly when he wrote the following–
“McChrystal and his “Team America” vented about Ambassador Karl Eikenberry betraying them with a leak; portrayed special envoy Richard Holbrooke as an egotist in fear of losing his job; joked about Vice President Joe Biden being a bit of a blowhard; and suggested James Jones, National Security Adviser, was an ineffectual relic of the Cold War.
These are hardly controversial opinions – even within the White House. Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff and a man whose salty language would make a sailor blush, probably says worse things about his colleagues to a reporter before breakfast on most days of the week.”
Furthermore, while we’re on the subject on non-controversial opinions, even liberal pundits are in agreement that Obama dithered with regard to Afghanistan, and took way too long to send McChrystal the troops that he needed. In fact, Maureen Dowd wrote the following last fall to describe President Obama’s tenure in office–
” If we could see a Reduced Shakespeare summary of Obama’s presidency so far, it would read:
Dither, dither, speech. Foreign trip, bow, reassure. Seminar, summit. Shoot a jump shot with the guys, throw out the first pitch in mom jeans. Compromise, concede, close the deal. Dither, dither, water down, news conference.”
Moreover, in his latest column, Mark Steyn (who describes the president as “unengaged”) even quoted Thomas Friedman admitting that the Obama Administration never wanted the Afghan surge in the first place–
“The ugly truth,” wrote Thomas Friedman in The New York Times, “is that no one in the Obama White House wanted this Afghan surge. The only reason they proceeded was because no one knew how to get out of it.”
Oh, and did you hear that some of McChrystal’s aides implied that Vice President Joe Biden might be a bit of a blowhard? The hell you say! Wait a second–is this the same guy who just called some manager of a custard shop a “smartass” for asking about his taxes? OK, well Biden might be a bit of a blowhard, but we never would have figured this out on our own if it weren’t for the leaks from McChrystal’s guys. (Rolls eyes.)
So basically McChrystal (a four star general) was fired because his aides let off a little steam at their boss’ 33rd wedding anniversary and uttered some things that everyone in their right mind accepts as universal truths?! Really?! Someone please stop me before my head explodes.
So, in conclusion, I just want to say to General Stanley McChrystal–on behalf of patriotic Americans everywhere–thank you. Thank you so much for for your stellar military career that spans more than three decades. Thank you for running the black ops missions in Iraq, and for hunting down and killing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Thank you for putting your life on the line everyday in that hellhole called Afghanistan, and for actually trying to win the war there (imagine that!). You will always have our deepest appreciation and gratitude. Sir, with this video below, we salute you.
PS–And to you Michael Hastings, well, let’s just say that I have a “salute” of my own that I would like to give you–but, being a Christian woman and being in polite company…it’s not gonna happen. However, I can offer you some advice. Dude, take a shower. Seriously, in every single picture, you look like you haven’t bathed in days. The troops that had to sit next to you on an airplane should get hazardous duty pay. Damn dirty hippie skunk.