Obama orders McChrystal to US to explain himself

posted at 8:48 am on June 22, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The big question, of course, will be what kind of beer the White House will serve at this summit.  General Stanley McChrystal has been ordered to appear at the White House to explain how he acted stupidly by airing a whole lot of dirty laundry to a Rolling Stone reporter:

The top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has been summoned to the White House to explain biting and unflattering remarks he made to a freelance writer about President Barack Obama and others in the Obama administration.

The face-to-face comes as pundits are already calling for McChrystal to resign for insubordination.

McChrystal has been instructed to fly from Kabul to Washington today to attend Obama’s regular monthly security team meeting tomorrow at the White House.

An administration official says McChrystal was asked to attend in person rather than by secure video teleconference, “where he will have to explain to the Pentagon and the commander in chief his quotes about his colleagues in the piece.”

Both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have spoken with McChrystal. Capt. John Kirby, a spokesman for Mullen, said “the chairman spoke to General McChrystal last night and expressed his deep disappointment with the article and with the comments expressed therein.”

The comments in question?  McChrystal’s team called National Security Adviser Jim Jones a “clown” stuck in 1985, according to Politico’s report from the Rolling Stone article.  They called VP Joe Biden “Bite Me” over his opposition to the surge.  As Allahpundit noted last night, however, the big bombshell came from McChrystal himself, who accused Obama of being unprepared for their meeting and describing it as “disappointing.”

Does that amount to insubordination?  Perhaps; it’s certainly a violation of the normal respect given to the chain of command in public.  Gordon Lubold explains that the poor judgment doesn’t just pertain to making the comments themselves, but also to whom they were spoken.  A normal beat reporter might keep those comments off the record in order to maintain access to the highest levels of command.  A freelancer like Michael Hastings, who wrote the article for Rolling Stone, has no incentive to exercise restraint.  If insubordination isn’t an issue, then judgment certainly is.

Many pundits have already begun calling for McChrystal’s head over this incident, and this recall may be a prelude to his removal.  That would present two very big problems for Obama, however.  First, regardless of what Obama thinks of McChrystal, he’s got difficult-to-obtain skills in counterterrorism that are needed in Afghanistan.  He may not be indispensable, but replacing him will be difficult, and this is a very difficult time in the war to make that kind of change.  Secondly, to paraphrase Lyndon Johnson, Obama may prefer to keep McChrystal in the tent even if he’s pissing out, rather than outside the tent pissing into it.  Once relieved of his command, McChrystal may have a lot more to say about the Obama administration than what will appear in Rolling Stone this month.


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My guess is Stanley McChrystal has been ready to start the biggest offensive in the theater, (Kandahar), and for pure political reasons, Obama has instructed the military to put the “assult” on hold until after Novermber. NATO commanders have been dragging their feet to begin the offensive, and McCrystal can’t move without them. Battalions have been staged and yet “Obama’s War” is on hold.

Date: 05 May 2010
By Jonathon Burch

NATO commanders scrapped a helicopter assault by hundreds of US and Afghan troops last week because the Afghans weren’t able to take charge, a US military insider has revealed.

The decision to cancel the assault, meant to prepare the ground for the biggest offensive of the nearly nine-year-old war, has frustrated US officers who say their local partners are not ready to lead. link

Too much idle time nets you a digruntled McCrystal and an eager Rolling Stone writer.

Rovin on June 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM

If insubordination isn’t an issue, then judgment certainly is.

Gonna have to agree with this.

If McChrystal is peeved that our famously disengaged & unprepared CiC is less concerned about how our troops at Bagram base in Aghanistan are supposed to extract Taliban from their bunkers than he is about extracting a little white ball from a bunker on the East Course at Andrews Air Force base, then the General should say it to Obama’s face, not to a damn stringer for a freaking music magazine.

And if CiC refuses to make whatever changes he believes his troops need to safely & effectively conduct the war there, he should resign. Then he can talk to as many reporters as he wants.

The men & women under McChrystal’s command have their lives on the line, his first obligation is to protecting them & they deserve nothing less.

leilani on June 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM

if GEN McC had said this about Bush, he’d be a hero in the press today. the only benefit the POTUS gets is that it gets everyone’s attention off of all that oil that’s, coincidentally, still spilling.

Did you plug that hole yet Daddy?

tick tock

ted c on June 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM

So *that’s* what it takes to get Barry’s attention. Maybe Netanyahu should schedule a Rolling Stone interview.

SoRight on June 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM

hawkdriver on June 22, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Thanks for your posts. I know you make them while treading a razor thin edge and fighting a war. We need and desire the info you provide.

donh525 on June 22, 2010 at 9:32 AM

So why does Obama want to lose the war?

Options:
a) Because he is a Black guy. And all Black people hate America.
b) Because he is a secret Muslim!
c) Because he wants UN to rule America and “Amero” to the currency. Wait..
d) Because I am insane and that’s what I want to believe.

rightistliberal on June 22, 2010 at 9:32 AM

So when Iraq’s lookin’ bad… Obama can’t spend the time to talk to the military.

When Afghanistan’s lookin’ bad… Obama can’t spend the time to talk to the military.

When the oil leak is lookin bad… Obama can’t spend the time to talk to the head of BP.

When the middle east peace process looks bad… Obama stands up the leader of Israel for dinner.

But before the Rolling Stone article even gets PRINTED, where Obama gets dissed… Obama demands to talk to his general RIGHT NOW.

Well… at least we know where his priorities lie.

Skywise on June 22, 2010 at 9:32 AM

this Roling Stone stuff is small bore, limp pen!s sniping and should be given in Chris Christie fashion—with a big eff you and I’m resigning, full story at 11 type schwang.

ted c on June 22, 2010 at 9:33 AM

He’s out.

dczombie on June 22, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Once relieved of his command, McChrystal may have a lot more to say about the Obama administration than what will appear in Rolling Stone this month.

IF BHO does call for Gen. McChrystal to resign, I bet you dollars to donuts it would not happen until after the mid-term elections. BHO’s losing ground daily, so the last thing he would want to do is alienate another voting bloc – the military.

Personally, I believe the general is echoing what many servicemen are thinking. BHO was never prepared to fight a war, and his refusal to have met with General McChrystal early on proved that.

madmonkphotog on June 22, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I sure hope black America does not follow the ideology of our first black president; if so, we have a huge disconnect between our people. I believe in the principle that when judging people we should not see color, we should judge our fellow humans on the quality of their character. I really believed we were heading in this direction as a whole. I’m not so sure of that anymore, as I watch racial episode after racial episode coming from this administration and the media. Much is being revealed right before our eyes.

Very disappointing indeed.

Keemo on June 22, 2010 at 9:34 AM

McChrystal has the story but Congress has his pension. They have each other by the short n’ curlies.

ted c on June 22, 2010 at 9:34 AM

First rule of any bureaucracy: no one is irreplaceable and after fifteen minutes they are not even missed. Absolutely true.

Jaynie59 on June 22, 2010 at 9:35 AM

I hope Roger Ailes offers McChrystal the equivalent of 15 years of a GEN pension in exchange for the full story.

endgame.

ted c on June 22, 2010 at 9:35 AM

From the article referring to McChrystal,

Even though he had voted for Obama

Any sympathy I might have had for him went out the window with that one statement.

Oldnuke on June 22, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Arlington Cemetary is full of irreplaceable men. What’s the full story GEN mcc?

ted c on June 22, 2010 at 9:36 AM

McChrystal has the story but Congress has his pension. They have each other by the short n’ curlies.

ted c on June 22, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I don’t think thye could legally take away his pension, under the military pension system, short of a court martial.

Wethal on June 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM

When fighting a war, we must be 100% committed to victory by all means at our disposal. If not, we will see many of our sons and daughters killed. This CIC is not committed to victory, but rather committed to appearance. How sad…

Keemo on June 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM

McChrystal should probably be fired, but I am not so much as concerned with the fact that he spoke out, but with what he actually said!

I mean, I always knew Obama was incompetent and ill-prepared, but to hear it from a General…. Gird your loins, people!

sarainitaly on June 22, 2010 at 9:38 AM

We should be glad that he can golf once a week or he’d be kicking all of our asses.

ted c on June 22, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I’d say he already is:
The economy, unemployment, oil ruining our oceans and southern shore, losing a war, turning the country over to infiltrators from the southern border, nationalizing companies and turning them over to his union thugs!
He’s kickin our asses alright!
When is someone anyone gonna step up and stop him.

Many have takin an oath to protect and defend against enemies foreign and domestic, is McChrystal steppin up?
We shall see!
I have little hope that the currently elected Republicans will.
All the balls on the Republican team appear to be held by the women!

dhunter on June 22, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Even though there’s not much expcted of a radical liberal Obama, to me, McChrystal has earned his disillusion and dressing down from the President but most of the service people under the both of them, haven’t and its them that have the most to lose, their lives.
Its them that deserve care.

Afghanistan is brain campaign as much as it is fighting IMHO, right now the level of IQ involved doesn’t look great.

Who would replace McChrystal?
And is the competence there to pull off a solid, seamless move?

Speakup on June 22, 2010 at 9:40 AM

What will Petraeus have to say? The next shoe to drop?

petefrt on June 22, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Question from a non-military old codger: Within the system, is it possible to get one’s opinions heard and examined?

OldEnglish on June 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM

hawkdriver on June 22, 2010 at 9:20 AM

As I read this post–from one of HA’s best commenters–I had a thought. Maybe the military and conservatives should devise a new term for “rules of engagement” (ROE). To be sure, hardcore lefties (say, 20% of the country) will never support the military in any regard unless enemy bombs are landing on their houses. But for less hardcore liberals and moderates, I can’t help wondering whether the acronym ROE confuses them into thinking that the military is trying to roll back Roe v. Wade. Besides, what kind of a euphemism is “rules of engagement”? It’s war not debate club.

My suggestion: PHKEMs–”PHases for Killing the EneMy.

BuckeyeSam on June 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Why not resign first, then let the stuff hit the fan?

petefrt on June 22, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Because he gets more attention this way. If he had resigned first the state run media would not have covered this at all.
I think and hope McChrystal knows exactly what he is doing. After all hes’ the one who got the attention of the Liar in the Peoples House last time he was dithering while the war was being lost!

dhunter on June 22, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Hey, I’ve got an explanation! His boss is a worthless, know-nothing liberal twit who lies to him and consistently undermines his efforts while U.S. soldiers’ lives hang in the balance.

And because McChrystal is a mushy-headed liberal himself and actually voted for this douchebag, he feels completely disenchanted and betrayed.

So he lipped off about it.

Jaibones on June 22, 2010 at 9:43 AM

President Thin-skin whines again!

Michelle Malkin put it nicely;

Grow a pair

See also, Obama Lets Media Get Under His Thin Skin
The coverage of him is overwhelmingly positive — and still he complains?

Terp Mole on June 22, 2010 at 9:44 AM

You know, one had to wonder, whats next? Barry is rapidly sinking into the cesspool.

You remember the joke about what is hell like? The guys in sh!t up to his nostrils and he’s pleading “don’t make a wave”!

Along comes McMchrystal aka The Wave!

donh525 on June 22, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Wait a second, Obama’s “security team” only meets once a month?

On it from Day One.

Brian1972 on June 22, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Because he gets more attention this way. If he had resigned first the state run media would not have covered this at all.

dhunter on June 22, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I think you’ve got it. It’s looking to me like McChrystal intentionally sacrificed himself in order to get his message out.

petefrt on June 22, 2010 at 9:46 AM

It is a terrible thing when generals start playing politics. Especially when it is to get the president to do his job.

Slowburn on June 22, 2010 at 9:47 AM

dhunter on June 22, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Do you have the feeling that there’s a bomb waiting to blow? That McChrystal has lit the fuse?

petefrt on June 22, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Especially when it is to get the president to do his job.

Slowburn on June 22, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I agree that resigning first would be the more honorable way. But suppose you feel that the Administration has so changed the ROE that American lives are being needlessly sacrificed and winning in Afghanistan is nearly impossible.

petefrt on June 22, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Even though he had voted for Obama

Any sympathy I might have had for him went out the window with that one statement.

Oldnuke on June 22, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Buyers remorse!

donh525 on June 22, 2010 at 9:55 AM

neuquenguy on June 22, 2010 at 9:30 AM

See ‘Wesley Clark’…

BigWyo on June 22, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Obama doesn’t deserve an iota of respect.

He is an adolescent playing at being Commander in Chief.

McChrystal should resign and tell EVERYTHING.

notagool on June 22, 2010 at 9:56 AM

So *that’s* what it takes to get Barry’s attention. Maybe Netanyahu should schedule a Rolling Stone interview.

SoRight on June 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM

BiBi should stage a flotilla up the Potomac & invite the whole staff of Rolling Stone aboard. Maybe POTUS will reward him with $400 million USD in “humanitarian aid” just as he did Hamas terrorists in payback for staging their bogus flotilla to provoke the Israelis.

leilani on June 22, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I’m guessing that McChrystal will just do what everyone does in this situation – claim he was misquoted. He should also learn this phrase that all politicians know: “Not to my recollation.”

slug on June 22, 2010 at 9:57 AM

rightistliberal on June 22, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Head buried in the sand…
Don’t let any of what we all are witnessing get in the way of what your brain wants to believe…

Keemo on June 22, 2010 at 9:57 AM

So why does Obama want to lose the war?

Options:
a) Because he is a Black guy. And all Black people hate America.
b) Because he is a secret Muslim!
c) Because he wants UN to rule America and “Amero” to the currency. Wait..
d) Because I am insane and that’s what I want to believe.

rightistliberal on June 22, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Straw man, thy name is liberal. You, sir, are an epic megaphail.

fossten on June 22, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Someone says something bad about Obama, and 48 hours later he is in the White House explaining…but it takes months to talk to BP in the “biggest disaster since 9/11″…

right2bright on June 22, 2010 at 9:10 AM

O’Bozo hires McChrystal in June, 2009, doesn’t meet with him for four months. McChrystal lips off in London, and O’Bozo summons him to meet on Air Force One the very next day — while the Very Busy President was in Copenhagen to shill for his crook buddies in Chicago to get the Olympic Payoff of All Time.

A year later, O’Bozo remains typical aloof and uninterested in the war in Afghanistan — until McChrystal is quoted again ripping on the Administration/Clown College — and Voila! Another face-to-face with Our Idiot President!

Maybe McChrystal just throws these bombs out to get a meeting with his hero O’Bozo.

Jaibones on June 22, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Do you have the feeling that there’s a bomb waiting to blow? That McChrystal has lit the fuse?

petefrt on June 22, 2010 at 9:48 AM

This is the big one. If McChrystal resigns and then does a real tell all, this country will come to a boil.

It was going to happen sooner or later anyway.

donh525 on June 22, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I’ll take the General over the goat herder

Sonosam on June 22, 2010 at 10:07 AM

OldEnglish on June 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Other than: ‘Permission to speak frankly, sir.’

No.

Such matters are kept ‘in-house’, period.

Back when I was an enlisted man, we had very unkind things to say about Carter, but beyond comments to family and close friends, you said nothing.

That was the unspoken rule.

This event is a indicator of the level of disorder and discontent within the upper ranks [theater-wise].

Unfortunately, this is a foreshadowing of worse things to come.

This is not an episode, this a prologue.

Of what, I cannot say, yet.

CPT. Charles on June 22, 2010 at 10:13 AM

McChrystal has been instructed to fly from Kabul to Washington today to attend Obama’s regular monthly security team meeting tomorrow at the White House.

Shouldn’t this be his monthly “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall who’s the greatest of them all” meeting?

chemman on June 22, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I think you’ve got it. It’s looking to me like McChrystal intentionally sacrificed himself in order to get his message out.

petefrt on June 22, 2010 at 9:46 AM

So does Bambi have the balls to fire him ?

He seems to be much better off if he spanks him and sends him back. I’d bet on his ego.

gh on June 22, 2010 at 10:15 AM

This article is bad enough to fire McCyrstal, and I would suggest he be fired just as soon as he can be replaced. The war isn’t going well so it wouldn’t surprise me if he wasn’t up for replacement anyway.

This time, let Petraeus choose the theatre leader instead of choosing a general based on the fact that he voted for Obama.

MTF on June 22, 2010 at 10:16 AM

It is a possibility that McChrystal may turn out to be a hero for pointing out how incompetent Obama is. He could be sacrificing his military career and reputation intentionally because he can’t stand what he sees going on. What he sees and knows just might be beyond anything we could imagine. All I’m saying is it could be a possibility since he knew what would happen once this got out.

silvernana on June 22, 2010 at 10:16 AM

ANYTHING to hide behind and obscure people’s concentration on WHAT A LOUSY JOB he’s doing as President!

golfmann on June 22, 2010 at 10:17 AM

This time, let Petraeus choose the theatre leader instead of choosing a general based on the fact that he voted for Obama.

MTF on June 22, 2010 at 10:16 AM

That’s really funny.

gh on June 22, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Maybe you need a Dodge of the day…

golfmann on June 22, 2010 at 10:18 AM

CPT. Charles on June 22, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Thank you for your reply, CPT. Charles. It’s as I feared – one has to buck the system in the hope of affecting change. There has to be a better way.

OldEnglish on June 22, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Here’s what happens when you post a comment without reading all the other comments – you find out that what you said has already been said by others. Sorry about that! What is it they say about great minds and all that?

silvernana on June 22, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Keemo on June 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM

We are looking at a Vietnam-redux.

chemman on June 22, 2010 at 10:24 AM

silvernana on June 22, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Almost did the same thing myself.

I expect this will be resolved before 5pm this evening. I’m just itching to see which body-part Obama manages to shoot himself in.

gh on June 22, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Do you have the feeling that there’s a bomb waiting to blow? That McChrystal has lit the fuse?

petefrt on June 22, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I certainly hope so these guys took an oath to defend against enemies foreign and DOMERSTIC and whatever his motives Obama has become an enemy DOMESTIC!

It depends however upon McChrystals next move. He could:
1.) Snap Pinnochios’ scrawny neck…. not likely!
2.) Tell Pinnochio what he thinks of him face to face. maybe
3.) Resign and keep silent.
4.) Resign and go on a TV tour.
5.) Play a little thug ball with the punk and tell Pinnochio were gonna do this war this way else I go on my TV tour.
6.) or take the Republican way out and apologise, whimper, beg forgiveness and kiss Pinnochios’ ring or the finger next to it.

dhunter on June 22, 2010 at 10:26 AM

So does Bambi have the balls to fire him ?

gh on June 22, 2010 at 10:15 AM

No, he doesn’t have the balls to do it. But he has hubris enough, and then some to spare. Never mind the insubordination, chain of command, or what’s the right or wrong thing to do here, he’s far too thin skinned to let this go unpunished. McChrystal will be fired.

Besides, it won’t be hard to do. Just tell Gates to do it.

petefrt on June 22, 2010 at 10:27 AM

dhunter on June 22, 2010 at 10:26 AM

7. Force Bambi to fire him.

gh on June 22, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Wethal on June 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Even then it would require a Bad Conduct or Dishonorable Discharge to strip him of his pension. As an Officer with his amount of time in the service he would just retire and that would be the end of it. Neither Congress nor the “0″ wants any more dirty laundry revealed as would happen if they tried to go the Court Martial route.

chemman on June 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM

I recommend every one read the entire RS article (I found a link online, but it’s since been pulled). Even given the obvious anti-war slant, McCrystal comes across as Obama on steroids. Narcissist v. narcissist.

My biggest worry is that Obama will use this as a weapon to further weaken and demoralize the military. McCrystal should have kept his mouth shut, but like Obama, he just couldn’t resist tooting his own horn.

Nichevo on June 22, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Who would replace McChrystal?
Speakup on June 22, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Rahm Emanuel.

logis on June 22, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Nichevo on June 22, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I’d like to think McChrystal has a job to do and is doing it as best he can knowing this will get him face time and perhaps bring an end to the ditering idiot in the White House, but you could be right and this could just be two lib narcissists in a pissing match.

Either way there needs to be some direction, a new direction in the war. Fight, fight, fight or lose, McCain could maybe tell ya something about that, well McCain, maybe not he may be too dense to learn any lessons.

dhunter on June 22, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Funny. We’ve been saying the same thing to Barry Hussein Zero for over a year now.

Mr. Grump on June 22, 2010 at 10:41 AM

dhunter on June 22, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Incidentally, point 6 is right on.

gh on June 22, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Who would replace McChrystal?
Speakup on June 22, 2010 at 9:40 AM

How about Gen. Jim Mattis? That Marine would shake things up! (major dad sends via THS)

tree hugging sister on June 22, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Who would replace McChrystal?
Speakup on June 22, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Is there a War Czar in our future?

BobMbx on June 22, 2010 at 10:55 AM

I just read the full article and I didn’t see what the big deal is. McC didn’t outright say anything insubordinate. Most of the poor language comes from those around him, which appears to me to occur because McC wants guys around him that aren’t going to bullshit him or sugar-coat anything. Obambi would be much better off if he had some of those same guys in his circle.

SeLFMaDE on June 22, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Yet another failed war run by liberal, democrat civilians. Anybody else remember?

ultracon on June 22, 2010 at 11:18 AM

I do see it as a bad thing for a general to ever bad mouth a sitting president. Period. Even though Obama doesn’t have a clue about Afghanistan, McChrystal shouldn’t be talking to the press like that, at the least it is bad for morale.

But the Administration is bringing him back to the US which means he is no longer on site (I can’t say how big of a dela that is). But this shows what Obama is concerned about. Not winning the war, not preventing the deaths of troops, not defeating terrorists. He is concerned with his image and concerned with people not showing opposition and making him look bad. This is for his ego and his election, nothing more.

jeffn21 on June 22, 2010 at 11:24 AM

I think McChrystal was tricked into saying all this stuff to this idiot reporter by thinking it was off the record.

I’m not surprised he thinks this way, because there’s always disagreements and “colourful remarks” in senior management, especially when the project is very difficult. I bet during WW2 or other heroic campaigns the friction between generals and senior government officials was there too. But it wasn’t publicized in the NYT.

I think in a sane world the reporter would go to jail for this, and the magazine shut down. Publishing that piece is tantamount to treason as far as I’m concerned.

It’s created an unnecessary public schism that may have the very skilled general kicked out of his position, shattering the faith of the US public, the US military (most importantly!) and NATO allies in the American ability to win this thing. And it will certainly embolden the enemy.

It’s disgusting.

AlexB on June 22, 2010 at 11:28 AM

McChrystal’s an ass who is not liked by the troops serving under him. Think Merrill “Tony” McPeak or Wesley Clark. If this article forces him to resign, it’s a good thing.

funky chicken on June 22, 2010 at 11:31 AM

McChrystal should just resign.

Then he should tell Obama to shove his partisanship and incompetence straight up his arse.

McChrystal has nothing to prove to anyone regarding his service to the nation – and frankly, IMO, has nothing to explain about what he said. Why not focus on the substance of the criticism, hmmm?

It is a breach of protocol to air internal grievances in public, sure. But calling for the guys head over it is ridiculous.

I retired from the military last year rather than continue to deal with the increasing amount of bullshinola going on. After 22 years of service, I think I earned the right to tell my bosses when they were effing up. Sometimes you have to risk the ire of your superiors by airing some dirty laundry. Unfortunately, sometimes, it’s the only way to either get something done or force a change. Frankly, sometimes, those in charge need to hear it this way – since they won’t pay attention any other way.

catmman on June 22, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Who would replace McChrystal?
Speakup on June 22, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Solomon would be a good choice, does he have an open in his date book?

Speakup on June 22, 2010 at 11:38 AM

funky chicken on June 22, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Comparing McChrystal to McPeak is a pretty strong statement.

McPeak was an arse as a military commander and Chief of Staff for the AF, He continues to show how much of an arse he is by supporting Obama. It also shows Obama’s lack of judgement by having this a-hat as a military advisor.

catmman on June 22, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Obama golfs and parties while the unemployment numbers rise,
Obama golfs and parties whilst nationalizing American companies and turning them over to the Unions,
Obama golfs and parties while taking over our healthcare industry 1/6th of the economy,
Obama golfs and parties while an oil well gushes for over 60 days,
Obama golfs and parties while southern governors try desperatley to protect their shores while fighting off his enviromental nut jobs,
Obama golfs and parties while preventing oil drilling for the American people costing untold billions and untold numbers of jobs,
Obama glofs and parties while illegals flood across the southern borders and takes to court a southern state seeking desperately to hold the line against a takeover of their state by illegals,
Obama golfs and parties while commanders in the field cannot do their jobs and are losing a war due to ridiculus and politically correct ROE,
Obama golfs and parties and Republicans should apologise and a general should resign?
I weep for the country I will be leaving for my children and the mess the 60′s generation has made of it!
There should be no apologies, no resignations there should be an IMPEACHMENT for high crimes and misdemeaners!

dhunter on June 22, 2010 at 11:53 AM

McChrystal’s an ass who is not liked by the troops serving under him. Think Merrill “Tony” McPeak or Wesley Clark. If this article forces him to resign, it’s a good thing.
funky chicken on June 22, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Don’t get your hopes up. There has to be SOMEBODY in the US military who’s a worse commander than McChyrstal. And you can bet your ass Obama will find him.

logis on June 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM

It is a breach of protocol to air internal grievances in public, sure. But calling for the guys head over it is ridiculous.
catmman on June 22, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Firing or re-assigning him might be lame.

But publically calling him onto the carpet over something like this, from halfway around the world?

That’s not just a sign of pathologically weak leadership; it’s like something out of a Kafha story.

logis on June 22, 2010 at 12:06 PM

I think McChrystal was tricked into saying all this stuff to this idiot reporter by thinking it was off the record.

READ THE DAMN ARTICLE!!

McChrystal may be many things, perhaps he’s an SOB, I don’t know — but in this article there is NO DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE quote that substantiates the claim that he’s been insubordinate. The headline is not based on a quote, and ALL of the even mildly inflammatory stuff is attributed to “an aide” or a “source familiar with McChrystal.”

The reporter has an obvious anti-war bias, which he beats you with in the last half of the article and in case you missed it wraps up by saying it’s unwinnable.

I’ve been reading comments by people who obviously haven’t read the article, listening to breathless media morons puff this into a firestorm.

Given that this Obama Admin is so thin-skinned, probably even the appearance of insult is enough for them to go nuts, and this nice little media-cycle created firestorm will probably result in his removal…for NO REASON.

READ THE DAMN ARTICLE so you at least know what the hell you’re talking about!!

EasyEight on June 22, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Here’s another person here who is opining in ignorance, “McChrystal has nothing to prove to anyone regarding his service to the nation – and frankly, IMO, has nothing to explain about what he said. Why not focus on the substance of the criticism, hmmm? ”

See..MCCHRYSTAL DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING!!! There was no criticism leveled by the General in this article at Obama. There’s some jabs at his peers, like Holbrooke, attributable to “aides” and “sources” and a quote from “an aide” saying the General was “disappointed” that Obama wasn’t prepared for their short meeting.

At least based your comments on the article rather than on comments of the article written by others who haven’t read it. How did perception masquerading as observable fact end up wandering through this site?? I frankly expect better of Hot Air.

EasyEight on June 22, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I think the general should say that his remarks were made at the end of a difficult relationship and during a period when he was abusing diet pills and using alcohol liberally.

Guy should step up and take his firing like a man, which I’m sure he will do.

I dislike Obama as much or more than the next guy, but the general needs to go.

R Square on June 22, 2010 at 12:22 PM

McChrystal is a general. Therefore he is a politician, one from a very nasty and harsh school. The up or out, don’t look stupidly brave/cowardly/indecisive/or implacable, route to get a star in the US military is not one that will generate an individual that would walk into an interview with Rolling Stone and blab what he did without realizing what was going to happen.
As to why he did not resign before making his statements? A general officer is never free to speak their mind without repercussions at least if he wants to keep his pension and healthcare. Actually no officer that is drawing a pension is completely free of taking an Article 88, not something that has happened, but it is in there. As a flag officer a general is much more likely to get whacked than a capt or maj.
Art. 2(a)(4) and (5), the UCMJ continues to apply to:

(4) Retired members of a regular component of the armed forces who are entitled to pay; [and]

(5) Retired members of a reserve component who are receiving hospitalization from an armed force.

So if your ass and pension might be grass, why not make a splash with what you have to say? Also if he can generate enough heat with his statements he might effect the changes that are needed and get to keep his pension.

Nathan_OH on June 22, 2010 at 12:26 PM

“why he did not resign before making his statements?”

What did he say?? I want to see you CITE SPECIFIC statements FROM THE ARTICLE that support your opinion that he should resign. Come on. I read it, did you?? I saw a bunch of things attributed to “an aide” and “sources familiar with” and NOTHING DIRECTLY from McChrystal that rises to slander of the president — at most he was quoted as being “disappointed” in Obama not being prepared for their first meeting. At least base your damn opinions on the article instead of on somebody else’s opinion of the article…who in turn may have never read it themselves.

EasyEight on June 22, 2010 at 12:33 PM

I dislike Obama as much or more than the next guy, but the general needs to go.

R Square on June 22, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Sad, isn’t it.

/ OT Saw a bumper sticker on Fairfax Parkway today. “Jokes over. Bring back the constitution.”

NaCly dog on June 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM

OT Saw a bumper sticker on Fairfax County Parkway today. “Jokes over. Bring back the constitution.”

Preview is not enough if you don’t proofread.

NaCly dog on June 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM

the big bombshell came from McChrystal himself, who accused Obama of being unprepared for their meeting and describing it as “disappointing.”

The Golfer-in-chief probably attended the meeting in golf shorts and a polo shirt. When the General described some of the plans in the assault, Obummer may have asked something like, “How far apart are those caves, about 4 iron?”

EconomicNeocon on June 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

The Golfer-in-chief probably attended the meeting in golf shorts and a polo shirt. When the General described some of the plans in the assault, Obummer may have asked something like, “How far apart are those caves, about 4 iron?”

EconomicNeocon on June 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Comeon, You can’t miss your own layups! It’s obviously a sand wedge.

TheBigOldDog on June 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM

It’s rascism at work again.

Then again, he could always replace him with an African -American General like say Powell….

Don L on June 22, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Isn’t it ironic that the “unwinnable” war , the “quagmire”, that the Democrats had predicted for Iraq is coming to fruition in the war they endorsed-Afghanistan?

Obama’s personal; selection to manage the war, Supercilious Stanley, who doesn’t want to “offend” the enemy by actually having our troops engage them, now knows his policies have failed and it won’t be long before the Incompetent-In-Chief, instead of sharing the blame, will have McChrystal take the fall alone. What better time to get fired for insubordination?

MaiDee on June 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

So why does Obama want to lose the war?

Options:
a) Because he is a Black guy. And all Black people hate America.
b) Because he is a secret Muslim!
c) Because he wants UN to rule America and “Amero” to the currency. Wait..
d) Because I am insane and that’s what I want to believe.

rightistliberal on June 22, 2010 at 9:32 AM

It’s much easier than all that. Obama’s a Democrat. Sometime during the Vietnam War, the Democrats decided that it was better to lose wars than win them.

Does that sound insane? Sure. But history bears it out.
1) We won the Vietnam War, then the Democratic Congress quite literally took away the only two things South Vietnam needed from us: funding and air support. Which is why to this day people think we lost the Vietnam War. We threw away the victory.
2) Democrats overwhelmingly opposed the Gulf War
3) The disaster in Somalia was due to sending troops into hostile territory on a mission of mercy without giving them the materials they needed
4) Democrats tried to undo the War in Iraq, tried to defund it, and tried to claim it was lost
5) The moment the Iraq War was won and discussion turned to the “Good War” in Afghanistan, we suddenly started hearing that the “real war” was in Pakistan.

The deep Democratic desire to distance themselves from anything resembling national security is the single biggest reason the South is becoming a Republican stronghold.

tom on June 22, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Sooooo, two years ago, Obowma claimed “we are air raiding villages and killing women and children in the dead of night”. Now, Obowma is “angry” about a negative article about him, incidently, which is read by many college kids aka Obowma-voters. He is “angry”, according to dim wit Gibbs about the General’s comments. About the oil spill? He plays golf, parties with Hollywood types and denies cleanup assistance from 26 other countries.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, can you say he’s a narcisist and verified incompetent?

dthorny on June 22, 2010 at 3:32 PM

You’re fired. That’s all Obama should say. It would be his first “presidential” action.

funky chicken on June 22, 2010 at 4:12 PM

in which his aides reportedly portrayed his commander in chief as a disengaged dilettante — and blasted Obama’s Afghanistan team as feckless

A majority voted for this, incl. McChrystal.

The water in this country must be poisoned.

Schadenfreude on June 22, 2010 at 4:39 PM

odumbo, Obey, and that whole miserable crew need to fall off the face of the earth and into the dustbins of history. Unfortunately that will happen later, rather than sooner.

ultracon on June 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Cage match between the good general and obama to settle this.

Winner gets to be president.

sonofdy on June 22, 2010 at 6:21 PM

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