And in other news, President Kazari has claimed his support of the General and has publicaly asked the President to NOT fire McChrystal.
However, for even the above framework to be feasible, others including Amb. Eikenberry, Richard Holbrooke, and General Petraeus would need to have sufficient confidence that they could work with General McChrystal. The effort in Afghanistan is a team effort. If the General's comments have destroyed the ability for the group to function as a cohesive team, then a replacement will be needed.
With Congressional criticism of the General's conduct increasing, and criticism has been expressed by Rep. Obey, Sen. McCain, and Sen. Kerry, among others, the President will need to consider the political dynamics. If Congress has lost confidence in General McChrystal, it also makes little sense to retain him.
Finally, if the President chooses to retain General McChrystal, he should reaffirm that he expects that the strategic objectives set forth in the strategy largely designed by General McChrystal will be fulfilled by the time July 2011 arrives. The situation might also present an opportunity for the President to suggest corrections to the strategy e.g., reducing its current Kabul-centric focus.
Right now, my guess is that the President could go either way on the issue. A lot will depend on whether the Afghanistan "team" can function effectively or whether the General's comments have destroyed the necessary trust and relationships. Congressional pressure will be another factor. General McChrystal might tender his own resignation, which I suspect the President would accept if it is offered.
The Rolling Stone piece.The Runaway General
Stanley McChrystal, Obama's top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House
The Runaway General | Rolling Stone Politics
He should retire, then run for office.
Then again... maybe not! LOL...Even though he had voted for Obama, McChrystal
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On Drudge's front page now:
FLASH: According to an unnamed source 'Gen. McChrystal has submitted his resignation' - Joe Klein on Rick Sanchez, CNN... Developing...
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Some general comments:
The comments Rolling Stone quoted in themselves are not that bad at all. That kind of thing is said all the time by military people. The fault lies in that they said those in front of reporters. I had my first training on dealing with the military as an E3. Absolutely no excuse for that poor judgment.
However, the editor from Rolling Stone for this piece was just on Hardball, and he commented that everything said was on the record, unless arranged in advance to be off the record. That is not acceptable to my mind for military units. Any of the people there should have been able to say "This is off the record" and that alone should be enough.
The article is not, alone, enough to ask for a resignation. If Don's comments are accurate that McChrystal's strategy is not working, then this does make sense.
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