The running joke about Obama defenders says that whenever Obama makes one his horrendous moves or continues yet another terrible policy started under George W. Bush, the defenders will claim that he is a master tactician, working many moves ahead of us, sometimes even in dimensions we can’t possibly perceive. With today’s decision by Obama to accept the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal and to ask General David Petraeus to step down one level to assume command of US forces in Afghanistan, Obama has made what I think finally is a good strategic decision on the political front.
|By: Jim White Wednesday June 23, 2010 4:15 pm|
|By: emptywheel Wednesday June 23, 2010 1:15 pm|
Now if only we could see the same respect for America’s democratic institutions elsewhere in the Obama Administration.
|By: Gregg Levine Wednesday June 23, 2010 10:33 am|
President Barack Obama has relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal from his command of forces in Afghanistan and tapped Gen. David Petraeus to replace him.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 23, 2010 8:29 am|
While we gather in anticipation outside the White House door, putting up an ear to the Oval Office, straining to hear any bits and pieces of the conversation, trying to make out whether Stanley McChrystal said “I’ve compromised the mission” again, it’s worth considering just what that mission is. And while the chatterers and courtiers run their personality-driven readouts of this whole Rolling Stone blowup, I’m encouraged by the number of reports – mostly confined to the blogosphere – about the actual war effort, and the futility thereof.
|By: Siun Wednesday June 23, 2010 6:10 am|
From the time of his appointment, some of us have been calling for a closer look at McChrystal the Special Ops guy, who commanded the rogue troops of Camp NAMA where access by the International Red Cross was blocked, where the treatment of prisoners was so out of control that other DOD commands banned their troops from operating there – and his claims to be concerned about civilian casualties.
|By: Jason Rosenbaum Tuesday June 22, 2010 2:15 pm|
Under withering criticism after a set of bad judgments and making it crystal clear that he doesn’t fundamentally agree with winding down the Afghanistan war in any real way, CNN and Joe Klein is reporting the Gen. McChrystal has resigned: Gen. Stanley McChrystal has submitted his resignation, Time magazine’s Joe Klein told CNN, citing an [...]
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 22, 2010 12:55 pm|
Ultimately, a good part of the discontent in America comes down to this simple fact: at a certain level above the masses, nobody gets held accountable for anything.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday June 22, 2010 11:25 am|
Stanley McChrystal, the guy in charge of winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan, okayed this article, presumably intending it to win hearts and minds in the US.
And McChrystal presumably knows US culture better than he knows Afghanistan culture.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday June 22, 2010 8:59 am|
The Rolling Stone article appears to be a McChrystal-led effort to shore up his tough guy cred. But the actual content of the story shows that tough guy cred won’t win you a war in Afghanistan.
|By: Jim White Tuesday June 22, 2010 7:45 am|
Panic within the US government and military over the dire state of affairs in Afghanistan continues to escalate. First, in response to a constant drumbeat of failures on the military front, we had the obvious planting of the “discovery” of
one three trillion dollars worth of mineral wealth in Afghanistan. Then, General David Petraeus passed out at the beginning of his Senate testimony on Afghanistan, delaying the hearing by a day. Today, however, the panic has hit its highest level yet, as General Stanley McChrystal has been summoned to Washington. The reason for McChrystal’s hurried trip to Washington, however, completely misses the mark, as he is being brought in to defend an upcoming article in Rolling Stone rather than the strategic situation in Afghanistan.