General McChrystal’s mouth and brash style seems to have finally caught up with him. Even though it is not clear cut whether or not McChrystal actually made the disparaging remarks about President Obama and his administration; there is no escaping this mess. This is the same general that openly criticized Vice-President Biden’s thoughts on strategy by calling Biden “Short-sided”. In all honest McChrystal was probably correct, but there are some comments you keep to yourself when making statements to the press. He was also widely known as the one who leaked confidential documents to the media concerning the request for more troops in Afghanistan.
For his “mistakes” General McChrystal met with President Obama on Airforce 1; Obama basically told McChrystal to watch his step and mouth. So you see this is not the first time President Obama had to check McChrystal. Actually if your into Baseball like I am that is Strike 1 and Strike 2. After all that you would think the general would have learned his lesson; yeah right!
Now we have the Rolling Stone’s interview of the general and his trusted inner circle. In reading the article (Runaway General) you can almost understand how something like this can happen. You have to wonder were these kats drunk when they decided to make these comments in front of a reporter?
For example the article opens with McChrystal getting ready to attend a dinner while in France. The Rolling Stones reporter inquired where the general was heading; McChrystal’s top aide responded dinner with a French Minister; followed by this remark, “So Fucking Gay..”.
WTF, who does that??
Throughout the article there are qoutes attributed to McChrystal about President Obama being “Intimidated” in a room full of military brass. Another qoute attributed to the general describing Obama as not being prepared in his first one-on-one meeting with McChrystal. Both qoutes were mentioned to the Rolling Stones reporter from top aides of McChrystal.
So why would McChrystal and his aides be so sloppy in letting this get out? It’s simple, all you have to do is look at the type of person the general is. McChrystal always pushed the limit on what he could get away with. That behavior dates back to his days at West Point. It was that behavior that made him successful and he saw no reason to stop.
This was also the type of behavior he looked for when putting together his inner circle. An inner circle they happily called Team America. A group of Black Ops/Special Forces guys; they knew they were the shit and you couldn’t tell them different. Unfortunately for McChrystal when you looked to push the envelope one day you are going to go too far; and that is exactly what happened with this Rolling Stone article.
The President has no choice but to immediately FIRE General McChrystal. If Obama wants to hold to whatever respect he has left in the military he cannot allow McChrystal to undermine his command. As the Commander-In-Chief the respect of your Armed Forces is critical, and the general jepordized that.
The crazy thing is that General McChrystal is a top notch soldier, and this will be a sad way to end a career; General McChrystal reminds me of Jack Nicholson’s character in “A Few Good Men”.
Even better, McChrystal and “Team America” can form the next A-Team?? HAHA!!
General Stanley McChrystal resigned Wednesday June 23, 2010; President Obama announced that General Petraeus will take over as Commander of all Military Operations in Afghanistan.
If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!