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President Obama chose General Stanley McChrystal as commander in Afghanistan. There can be little doubt that Obama knew that McChrystal voted for him.
Now, McChrystal and staff let the cat out of the bag, that everyone watching knew already: President Obama, VP Joe Biden, National Security Council head Jim Jones, Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, have been actively undermining the war effort through timidity, illusions and interfering with McChrystal, the only proven warrior and COIN expert in the bunch and the only one respected by the Afghanis.
General David Petraeus will now fill in, downgrading Petraeus from chief at CENTCOM with wider responsibilities for the tinderboxes in the Middle East and South Asia. That is a big hole to fill in dangerous times.Petraeus is not holding it against Obama that Obama joined in the liberal Democrats’ defeatism in Iraq when Petraeus then proceeded with President Bush’s firm and brave support to save the bacon. Petraeus is, after all, a bigger and real man.
And, once again Obama has chosen his personal agenda and ego above military effectiveness. Obama just appointed a new Commandant for the Marine Corps, seemingly largely based on the appointee’s agreement with gays openly serving, over the true proven warrior in the missions faced, General James Mattis, who with Petraeus co-authored military COIN doctrine.
General Mattis could have been chosen to replace McChrystal.But, he wasn’t. There’s no doubt that Petraeus will do an excellent job, but Mattis would also, and wouldn't have left a gaping hole at CENTCOM. However, Mattis is also known as a no nonsense commander, who is famous for saying in Iraq that Marines will kill if attacked (though the Left ignores that Mattis is also an advocate of “soft-power” COIN so that is less necessary).
Straight talk is not to be had when Obama’s ignorant ideology and thin ego are exposed to challenge by straight talk. Petraeus is less likely to be as blunt to Obama and the US public, whose sons and daughters’ lives are at stake on the front lines.
At least three senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have it straight:
The resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal should lead the Obama administration to re-evaluate their civilian Afghanistan team as well, three members of the Armed Services Committee said Wednesday.
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said the controversy surrounding the Rolling Stone profile of McChrystal revealed problems beyond the comments of McChrystal and his team.
"The civilian side, in my view, is completely dysfunctional," said Graham.
One can hope against experience with Obama that this fracas will lead him to get more firmly behind the – at his insistence undermanned vs the military’s recommendation – troops, and make clear that there is no deadline on our commitment. The New York Times' headline, however, reports "Obama Says Afghan Policy Won't Change."
Or, one can hope against experience that Obama will feel so boxed in and revealed by his own fecklessness, especially in expectation of the drubbing coming in November, that he will straighten up, himself and his ideological coterie who are undermining the Afghanis and Americans. I have a bridge to sell you if you believe that.
Or, one can hope that even without a worthwhile Commander in Chief that General Petraeus can perform miracles.
The lives of our troops, and of civilians here in the US, depends upon one man, and that man is not President Obama.
P.S.: Henry Kissinger says of Obama's course, "Neither the premise nor the deadline is realistic," in saying "America needs an Afghan strategy, not an alibi." Read it all.
Lives of our troops depends on all right thinking folks in USA.
Betrayus is gonna do what?
What he is told by a Muhammadan tyrant.
Brother Jon get's it right on;
"The opposition will continue their tactics, they will lie and plant their own bullies amongst us. Everyone must pay close attention to who stands next to them. We can weed out the liars and agitators. Let us all stand in God's light. Let no man put asunder. We can and will prevail. God bless us all."
As usual, an incoherent Leag.
And you dare repeat the calumny of MoveOn.org "General Betrayus", which even they have taken down from their website in deference to their kindred spirit Obama who railed against General Petraeus, who despite them turned around our mission in Iraq from losing to winning.
Then yall rail at what yall cohere in me post, though mistaken.
Yall aren't aka Buddy, perhaps.
Him do that, too.
Methinks, it is the Muhammadan tyrant regime, specifically his Secretary of State who precipitated the General BetrayUS monicker yall rightly assail for calumny when she essentially called General Petraeus a liar.
However, yall miss the subtlety that el presidente is appointing same loser to secure the left's jones in Afghanistan.
All hypocrites are not leftists but irony cuts all hypocrites.
Oh, while yall are dealing with the incomprehensible, what exactly do yall consider was won in Iraq, Msr. Kessler?
Perhaps, Tyrant supporter Kissinger speaks for yall.
Quagmire is victory.
McChrystal extricated himself from this junkie's boondoggle, el presidente right war.
Hopefully he will lead American's in extricating his remaining comrades in arms.
Yall bullies and defeatists stand over with Kissinger bunch, please.
At this point Petraeus can get whatever he wants. He can get more troops and get more time past July of next year. If he isn't given these items he can simply resign and retire. Now THAT will look really shitty for Obama. That will keep him on the Golf (or Gulf) course all day long whinning and moaning about Bush's fault.