Monday, October 05, 2009

Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan - Telegraph

Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan - Telegraph: "In London, Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against al-Qaeda.

He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe Biden, would lead to 'Chaos-istan'. When asked whether he would support it, he said: 'The short answer is: No.' He went on to say: 'Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely, and nor will public support.'

The remarks have been seen by some in the Obama administration as a barbed reference to the slow pace of debate within the White House."

So then Obama and McChrystal had their little tete-a-tete in Copenhagen, and now the White House is leaking these items about how they are unhappy with his rhetoric. And over the weekend the Taliban made headlines with an attack that killed ten Americans.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

“Relations between the general and the White House began to sour when his report, which painted a grim picture of the allied mission in Afghanistan, was leaked. White House aides have since briefed against the general's recommendations.”

General McChrystal, a 34 year career Army professional (Airborne Ranger Special Forces) and a 1976 graduate of the Untied States Military Academy, holds a bachelor degree in science from West Point, a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College and a master of science degree from Salve Regina University.

General McChrystal was promoted to General (four stars) and approved to take command in Afghanistan on June 10, 2009 by the United States Senate. McChrystal then assumed command of NATO operations commencing Operation Khanjar, the largest offensive operation for NATO forces since 2001.

In the spirit of openness and transparency, should Americans know something about the military qualifications of unnamed White House aides that disagree with General McChrystal’s recommendations? Recommendations requested by the president and submitted on August 31, 2009 still waiting comment by the Obama administration. What are the president’s military qualifications?

“Bruce Ackerman, an expert on constitutional law at Yale University, said in the Washington Post: ‘As commanding general, McChrystal has no business making such public pronouncements’.”

Democrats in Congress, liberal political pundits and the Obama administration seem to believe if American do not agree with their policies and conduct, they must be “un-American” and/or, in the extreme, “racists.”

If the “shock and anger” experienced by the president and his advisors provokes the left, center or right to label General McChrystal “un-America” or a “racists,” perhaps he will deliver Col. Nathan R. Jessep’s (A Few Good Men) message to those angered by the general’s bluntness, “I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post” or deliver David Allen Coe’s lyrics, “Take this job and shove it,” sung by Johnny Paycheck.