Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"Obama Orders McChrystal to US to Explain Himself"

Keep an eye on this story. HotAir has been all over it from the beginning. The Rolling Stone 8-page article comes out on Friday.

I'm kinda sorry to hear Gen. McChrystal has already apologized. Whatever happened to saying what you mean and meaning what you say?

Update (already): The Rolling Stone article, "The Runaway General" is now online.

The Foundary at the Heritage Foundation has their own take on this story: "Time to Dump the Afghanistan Timeline." . . . "both the White House and the brass need to put this media gaff aside and focus on the real problem – destroying al Qaeda, defeating the Taliban and helping establish an Afghanistan that can govern itself."

One of the commenters at HotAir: "Can we keep McChrystal and fire Obama?" heh. Having read the article, my only comment is this: when it comes to who can kick whose ass, I know the one I'd put my money on. If O fires his general, then he's in a world of hurt in Afghanistan--but that's only assuming that the Commander in Chief is in this war to win it, and I'm not at all sure that's a given. I feel terrible for our soldiers there. If O doesn't mean to win this war, then he needs to bring them home--now.

At least Gen. McChrystal now knows how to get O's attention--public criticism and ridicule got him immediately called to the White House for a face-to-face meeting. Maybe he should have tried this months ago.

Update #2. Of course the leftist nutjobs in the Obama Lapdog Media are apoplectic over McChrystal's comments, all wanting him to be fired. I guess if you don't care how the war is fought or its outcome, then it doesn't matter what general you put in there. Or rather, if you're rooting for U.S. defeat in Afghanistan, then it's probably a good thing to get this warrior general out of there--and maybe replace him with Ashley Wilkes.

Update #3. A WSJ opinion piece by Eliot A. Cohen: "Why McChrystal Has to Go."

From The Daily Beast, by Lloyd Grove: "Karzai Loses His Only Friend."

From the Weekly Standard, by Thomas Donnelly and William Kristol: "Special Editorial: Mr. President, Don't Waste this Crisis."

From the NYT: "McChrystal's Fate in Limbo as He Prepares to Meet Obama."

From Politico: "Obama's Real McChrystal Problem: Afghanistan Plan in Trouble."

From Reuters: "Is Obama dropping 'no drama' style with U.S. general?

From Blackfive: "Stan the Man."

From the (UK) Telegraph: "General Stanley McChrystal has been stitched up by Rolling Stone."

From "The Foundary" at the Heritage Foundation: "Heritage Foundation Statement on the War in Afghanistan."

From the Washington Post: "Don't Blame McChrystal, Blame Obama."

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