Thursday, June 24, 2010
The President vs. The Brass
The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine has caused quiet a controversy and its not even because of the cover.(Sorry Lady Ga Ga talk about stealing your thunder) If you can stop salivating for a second and direct your attention to the bottom left corner you can see there is a story called Obama's General Why He Is Loosing The War. No really, look closer.
General McChrystal's resignation was "accepted" by the President thanks to the candid comments he made in the interview in this Summer Double Issue before it even came out. McChrystal has been considered outspoken and even blunt during press confrences but he and his advisers let it all hang out on this one.
"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?"
"McChrystal thought Obama looked "uncomfortable and intimidated" by the roomful of military brass."
"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."
I am a former military man myself and understand that there is a time and place for everything and that bad mouthing the leadership is not good for mission accomplishment or troop morale.........but(there's always a but)
Let's take a closer look at it. This is the second General that is replaced in Afghanistan by the President. First there was General McKiernan and now its General McChrystal. Looks like the President can't see eye to eye with his Generals in Afghanistan. Why is that?
The President said that relieving McChrystal of his duties was a "change in personnel and not in policy." Its the second time. Maybe its not the personnel, maybe its the policy! Ever thought of that? McChrystal's interview "undermines civilian control of the military" according to The President.
I don't know about you, but if I was a young man in the front lines I would like a three to four star General to be in control calling the shots instead of a community organizer. But that's just me.
Let those guys who wear all that shiny stuff on their shoulders earn their paycheck and let the President work on his broken promises back here in the States.
Changing Generals is not exactly the change we expected.