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General McChrystal's Bad Remarks

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The TOP US general in Afghanistan has made "inflammatory" comments towards the Obama Administration officials and the war during a Rolling Stones Interview. General Stanley McChrystal has been ordered to returned to the White House and explain himself. President Obama is pissed! Wonder what reprimand McChrystal will get??

There's no question as to which story is dominating the news cycle today.

That would be Rolling Stone's bombshell profile of Stanley McChrystal, in which the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan derides President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and other White House officials.

Obama is reportedly fuming over the piece and has summoned McChrystal back to Washington so he can deal with him face to face. And the press aide who facilitated Rolling Stone writer Michael Hastings' unprecedented access in reporting the story has resigned.

But here's the media angle—can magazine's any longer afford to hold their explosive stories as print-exclusives? Link

Who cares about the media angle and who had published it. The Rolling Stones (Michael Hastings) interviewed the general and this story has become explosive. Maybe if this was a major news organization that had access to McChrystal, the General may not have released how he really felt about his President and this war he is in command. Yet I am so perturb that an experienced, seasoned military officer in a high ranking position would know the skills of diplomacy when talking to a reporter - any reporter.

Here is a snippet from the Rolling Stone article: The Runaway General:

Even though he had voted for Obama, McChrystal and his new commander in chief failed from the outset to connect. The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked "uncomfortable and intimidated" by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn't go much better. "It was a 10-minute photo op," says an adviser to McChrystal. "Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was. Here's the guy who's going to run his fucking war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed."

Last fall, with his top general calling for more troops, Obama launched a three-month review to re-evaluate the strategy in Afghanistan. "I found that time painful," McChrystal tells me in one of several lengthy interviews. "I was selling an unsellable position." For the general, it was a crash course in Beltway politics – a battle that pitted him against experienced Washington insiders like Vice President Biden, who argued that a prolonged counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan would plunge America into a military quagmire without weakening international terrorist networks. "The entire COIN strategy is a fraud perpetuated on the American people," says Douglas Macgregor, a retired colonel and leading critic of counterinsurgency who attended West Point with McChrystal. "The idea that we are going to spend a trillion dollars to reshape the culture of the Islamic world is utter nonsense.


Damn - is this going Rogue????

Such bitter views resulting in a defeatist attitude. Not a good thing for a Top General running a current and active war! If "being gay in the military" would bring down the morale of fellow soldiers (resulting in a discharge), this harsh criticism from McChrystal would equal to a Court Martial!

The General may be honest with his thoughts and words - but honesty does not mix well with politics!

President Obama will be on a thin line with his decision on how he will reprimand the General.

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