23 June, 2010

STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL I'D LIKE TO HAVE A WORD. (But the President seems to be doing that himself.)

What the hell was he thinking?

In a Rolling Stone article General Stanley McChrystal comes across as someone who should absolutely NOT be the head of all operation in Afghanistan. Reasons:

1. His aides say some pretty nasty things about "some French minister".

2. He says that Joe Biden's plans against counterterrorism strategy were "shortsighted" and they'd end up with "Chaos-istan." He also says quote from the article:

Are you asking about Vice President Biden?" McChrystal says with a laugh. "Who's that?"

"Biden?" suggests a top adviser. "Did you say: Bite Me?"

3. One of McChrystal's advisors said after he and the President had been together:
   "It was a 10-minute photo op. Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was. Here's the guy who's going to run his f***ing war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed."

4. According to the article quote:
   "In private, Team McChrystal likes to talk sh*t about many of Obama's top people on the diplomatic side. One aide calls Jim Jones, a retired four-star general and veteran of the Cold War, a "clown" who remains "stuck in 1985." Politicians like McCain and Kerry, says another aide, "turn up, have a meeting with Karzai, criticize him at the airport press conference, then get back for the Sunday talk shows. Frankly, it's not very helpful.""

5. According to the article one his aides said that:
   "The Boss says he's like a wounded animal. Holbrooke keeps hearing rumors that he's going to get fired, so that makes him dangerous. He's a brilliant guy, but he just comes in, pulls on a lever, whatever he can grasp onto. But this is COIN [counterinsurgency], and you can't just have someone yanking on sh*t.

6. Another thing the article says quote:
   At one point on his trip to Paris, McChrystal checks his BlackBerry. "Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke," he groans. "I don't even want to open it." He clicks on the message and reads the salutation out loud, then stuffs the BlackBerry back in his pocket, not bothering to conceal his annoyance.

   "Make sure you don't get any of that on your leg," an aide jokes, referring to the e-mail.

7. Yet another quote (Eikenberry wasn't very nice, though, so both are at fault):
   "I like Karl, I've known him for years, but they'd never said anything like that to us before," says McChrystal, who adds that he felt "betrayed" by the leak. "Here's one that covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say, 'I told you so.' "

8. So he has a bad history too:
   "The son of a general, McChrystal was also a ringleader of the campus dissidents – a dual role that taught him how to thrive in a rigid, top-down environment while thumbing his nose at authority every chance he got. He accumulated more than 100 hours of demerits for drinking, partying and insubordination – a record that his classmates boasted made him a "century man." One classmate, who asked not to be named, recalls finding McChrystal passed out in the shower after downing a case of beer he had hidden under the sink. The troublemaking almost got him kicked out, and he spent hours subjected to forced marches in the Area, a paved courtyard where unruly cadets were disciplined."
9. And cruel:
"In 2006, McChrystal was tainted by a scandal involving detainee abuse and torture at Camp Nama in Iraq. According to a report by Human Rights Watch, prisoners at the camp were subjected to a now-familiar litany of abuse: stress positions, being dragged naked through the mud. McChrystal was not disciplined in the scandal, even though an interrogator at the camp reported seeing him inspect the prison multiple times. But the experience was so unsettling to McChrystal that he tried to prevent detainee operations from being placed under his command in Afghanistan, viewing them as a "political swamp," according to a U.S. official. In May 2009, as McChrystal prepared for his confirmation hearings, his staff prepared him for hard questions about Camp Nama and the Tillman cover-up. But the scandals barely made a ripple in Congress, and McChrystal was soon on his way back to Kabul to run the war in Afghanistan."
GRRRR. This guy is the commando of all US and NATO forces in Afghanistan?!? Okay, I can handle this if he's doing a good job over there, but right now, I am MAJORLY pissed. Or General-ly, if you'd prefer.

-----The Golden Eagle


Anonymous said...

I totally agree. You gave many good reasons! But what can a small cat in the blog world do? BITE STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL??....I wish. :D

The Golden Eagle said...

Yeah, I know, eagle's can't go up and attack military people. I'm not the Commander-In-Chief, either, and you can't elect Generals like you do the President. But I was in the mood to rant. :P

Anonymous said...

lol, you may rant anytime you feel like it. :3
Oh, but you could dive-bomb them if you wanted, or poo on their heads! *Laughs maniacally*

The Golden Eagle said...

Poo on their heads . . . now THERE'S an idea LOL.