mcchrystall called on the carpet

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Tango3, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    opening thread as: fox is reporting general Mcchrystal made some kind of disparaging remarks about the admin in a rolling stone article. He is being recalled to the whitehouse (for an azzkicking).I don't have the complete story yet.Just another distraction from the gulf collapsing on obama' swatch.

    "the emperor has no clothes!"[own2]

    washington post

    [SIZE=+2]Gen. Stanley McChrystal coming to Washington to explain anti-administration comments[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1] By Ernesto LondoƱo and Michael D. Shear
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Tuesday, June 22, 2010; 10:04 AM

    KABUL -- The top U.S. general in Afghanistan was summoned to Washington for a White House meeting after apologizing Tuesday for flippant and dismissive remarks about top Obama administration officials involved in Afghanistan policy.
    The remarks in an article in this week's Rolling Stone magazine are certain to increase tension between the White House and Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.
    The profile of McChrystal, titled the "Runaway General," also raises fresh questions about the judgment and leadership style of the commander appointed by President Obama last year in an effort to turn around a worsening conflict.
    McChrystal and some of his senior advisers are quoted criticizing top administration officials, at times in starkly derisive terms. An anonymous McChrystal aide is quoted as calling national security adviser James L. Jones a "clown," who remains "stuck in 1985."
    Referring to Richard C. Holbrooke, Obama's senior envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, one McChrystal aide is quoted as saying: "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."
    On one occasion, McChrystal appears to react with exasperation when he receives an e-mail from Holbrooke. "Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke," McChrystal says, according to the article. "I don't even want to read it."
    U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry, a retired three-star general, isn't spared. Referring to a leaked cable from Eikenberry that expressed concerns about the trustworthiness of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, McChrystal is quoted as having said: "Here's one that covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say, 'I told you so.' "
    The magazine hits newsstands Friday and could be posted online earlier in the week. The Washington Post received an advance copy of the article from its author, Michael Hastings, a freelance journalist who has written for The Post.
    "I extend my sincerest apology for this profile," McChrystal said in a statement issued Tuesday morning. "It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and it should have never happened."
    McChrystal's civilian press aide, Duncan Boothby, submitted his resignation Tuesday as a result of the article, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel issue.
    A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said she had no immediate comment on the piece.
    The story features an exchange in which McChrystal and some of his aides appear to mock Vice President Biden, who opposed McChrystal's troop surge recommendation last year and instead urged a more focused emphasis on counterterrorism operations.
    "Are you asking me about Vice President Biden?" McChrystal asks the profile's reporter at one point, laughing. "Who's that?"
    "Biden?" an unnamed aide is quoted as saying. "Did you say Bite me?"

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  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Another MacArthur for the historians to argue over? What if Mac had been allowed to cross the Yalu?
  3. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    "Glorious leader"Kim Jong il would've spent his life making dim sung in a bad restaurant instead of killing his comrades.
  4. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Bossman in de Big House don't be likin' to be dissed in front of his peeps..... Yo.

  5. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    The profile includes criticism that McChrystal is facing from some of his own troops, who have grown frustrated with new rules that force commanders be extraordinarily judicious in using lethal force.

    A few weeks ago, according to the magazine, the general traveled to a small outpost in Kandahar province, in southern Afghanistan,

    to meet with a unit of soldiers reeling from the loss of a comrade, 23-year-old Cpl. Michael Ingram.
    The corporal was killed in a booby-trapped house that some of the unit's commanders had unsuccessfully sought permission to blow up.
    One soldier at the outpost showed Hastings, who was traveling with the general, a written directive instructing troops to "patrol only in areas that you are reasonably certain that you will not have to defend yourself with lethal force."
    During a tense meeting with Ingram's platoon, one sergeant tells McChrystal: "Sir, some of the guys here, sir, think we're losing, sir."

    hell of a way to "win" a "war," not hurting anybody.
    community organizing s.o.b.
    Obama leaving options open on firing McChrystal, Gibbs says
  6. UGRev

    UGRev Get on with it!

    Wow.. [notworking]
  7. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    McChrystal OUT, Petraeus to take over.

    bobo tosses him under the political bus. [own2]
  8. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    Iraq and Afghanistan have become Vietnam.....
    The main source of GNP for their economy in Afghanistan..... Opium poppy products. Iraq.... an example of failed nation building, greed for oil, and another religious based unidentifiable insurgent war. Neither country is worth another lost American Service Members Life. Let them rise or fall on their own. There is nothing further we can do to improve our situation there. A certain percentage of the population will always hate us to their very core. Another percentage love us for our money (that is a joke), and our support of them, but want us gone as soon as they have a major upper hand. (we are their palace guard or unpaid mercenaries, and we just don't want to admit it). Another percentage, the rest... are on the fence... they are Iraq's dumb masses.
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