This is what happens when you speak your mind to a rag like the Rolling Stone.
The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan is being called to the White House for a face-to-face meeting with Obama after issuing an apology Tuesday for an interview in which he described the president as unprepared for their first encounter.
In the article in this week’s issue of Rolling Stone, Gen. Stanley McChrystal also said he felt betrayed and blind-sided by his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, as he and his aides took shots at other top officials.
McChrystal’s comments are reverberating through Washington and the Pentagon after the magazine depicted him as a lone wolf on the outs with many important figures in the Obama administration.
It characterized him as unable to convince some of his own Soldiers that his strategy can win the nation’s longest-running war and dejected that the president didn’t know about his commendable military record.
In Kabul on Tuesday, McChrystal issued a statement saying: “I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened.”
McChrystal has been called to the White House Situation Room on Wednesday to explain his comments to the magazine directly to the president, a senior administration official told Fox News. Normally, he would appear on a conference call for a regular strategy session.
The general was making a flurry of calls and decisions in the wake of the article’s publication. Fox News has learned that he fired the press aide, Duncan Boothby, who booked the interview. McChrystal also called Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen late Monday to apologize. Mullen told the general he was deeply disappointed, according to a senior military official at the Pentagon.
Evidently, McCrystal was unaware that Rolling Stone is a leftwing/anti-military publication. Jan Wenner and his staff of liberal effetes are not prone to portray the military in a positive way. Ever.
McCrystal voted for this punk??
The article says that although McChrystal voted for Obama, the two failed to connect from the start. Obama called McChrystal on the carpet last fall for speaking too bluntly about his desire for more troops.
“I found that time painful,” McChrystal said in the article, on newsstands Friday. “I was selling an unsellable position.”
It quoted an adviser to McChrystal dismissing the early meeting with Obama as a “10-minute photo op.”
“Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. The boss was pretty disappointed,” the adviser told the magazine.
Obama agreed to dispatch an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan only after months of study that many in the military found frustrating. The White House’s troop commitment was coupled with a pledge to begin bringing them home in July 2011, in what counterinsurgency strategists advising McChrystal regarded as an arbitrary deadline.
Well, for one thing, don’t expect the self-absorbed, narcissistic Obama to actually get briefed on his commanding generals. Secondly, Obama made it clear that “winning isn’t necessarily the United States’ goal” in Afghanistan, so what does he expect?
……The profile, titled “The Runaway General,” emerged from several weeks of interviews and travel with McChrystal’s tight circle of aides this spring.
……Some of the strongest criticism, however, was reserved for Richard Holbrooke, Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“The boss says he’s like a wounded animal,” one of the general’s aides was quoted as saying. “Holbrooke keeps hearing rumors that he’s going to get fired, so that makes him dangerous.”
If Eikenberry had doubts about the troop buildup, McChrystal said he never expressed them until a leaked internal document threw a wild card into the debate over whether to add more troops last November. In the document, Eikenberry said Afghan President Hamid Karzai was not a reliable partner for the counterinsurgency strategy McChrystal was hired to execute.
McChrystal said he felt “betrayed” and accused the ambassador of giving himself cover.
“Here’s one that covers his flank for the history books,” McChrystal told the magazine. “Now, if we fail, they can say ‘I told you so.”‘
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If we fail, the blame rests squarely on Obama’s scrawny shoulders. GW Bush left him a winning hand. It’s now his war to lose, and he intends to do just that.
A McCrystal aide described the first meeting:
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.
Obama’s pretty disengaged all the way around; intellectually, ethically, and morally.
The Soldiers tasked with fighting this war are justifiably pissed about the ridiculous ROE:
Rolling Stone also interviewed troops frustrated by McChrystal’s strict rules for combat that are intended to reduce the number of civilian casualties.
At one outpost, a Soldier McChrystal had met earlier was killed in a house that the local U.S. commander had repeatedly asked to destroy. The request was denied, apparently out of concern that razing the house would anger locals whose allegiance the U.S. is trying to win.
“Does that make any (expletive) sense?” Pfc. Jared Pautsch asks. “We should just drop a (expletive) bomb on this place. You sit and ask yourself, ‘What are we doing here?'”
The young PFC’s gripe is right on the money. McCrystal, in conjunction with Hamid Karzai, set down 12 “rules” designed to “keep Afghan civilian casualties to a minimum”. It’s a list of bat-shit crazy, suicidal rules that lend “cultural sensitivity” to Taliban and Al Qaeda excrement, when we should be engaging in wholesale slaughter of the fuckers.
Between “Karzai’s Rules” and the incompetent assclown posing as “commander-in-chief”, it’s a wonder the troops can make any headway against the enemy. This war could have been over years ago if the United States had actually been willing to fight an all-out war. That includes dominating the battlefield, annihilating Islamic nation-states, and closing off the Pakistan border. It’s that William Tecumseh Sherman philosophy I like so well.
The mission of the United States Army is to break things and kill people, not to be a facilitator of “cultural sensitivity”. Any notion of “nation building” should be put aside until the enemy is completely exterminated and we’ve planted our flag in their capitals. THAT is how you fight and defeat an Islamic jihad.
The war will not be won with a useless fuckwad like Obama in office. He has no idea how to run a country or a conflict. The military will have to suck it up and drive on until we get a leader with enough smarts and guts to let them do what it takes to finish the job.