When I worked for a local police force, we often made scathing comments about the Mayor, and had little nicknames for the city councilmen behind closed doors in the department. Would we have been so arrogant and stupid as to make those comments in front of a member of the media? hell no. And would we have been fired if we had? Hell yes. I was interviewed almost every week on something related to my job, and somehow managed not to step on anyone's dick.
I knew the rules, and so did McCrystal. I chalk it up to utter arrogance. He majorly stepped on his own dick, and has only himself to blame for it.
Last edited by Catz Part Deux; 06-29-10 at 01:24 PM.
Problem is...this is a real no win situation for BO and his supporters.
If McChrystal was a good and effective leader...what is it about this administration that caused he and his staff to be so dismissive of the adminsitration?
And if as some are now saying McChrystal was a bad leader, then why on earth did BO hire him? Or keep him? If the war policy is bad, then what kind of a leader tolerates that?
He doesn't pretend to be more than human.
If he made a mistake putting McChrystal in charge (time will tell, but no one can deny the war has been going increasingly badly, the ROE changes have been unpopular with troops on the ground, and McChrystal's Rolling Stone interview points to a bewildering lapse of judgement which may or may not have been an isolated incident), he wouldn't have a problem admitting his mistake. And rectifying it.
His supporters wouldn't look down on him for that.
I hope the same holds true for Afghanistan in general; if, after the Christmas review, things still seem to be going downhill, I hope Obama will admit we're on the wrong path and either change strategies or begin a pull out.
I've heard so many people say "If we give up now, all these fallen soldiers have died for nothing."
But if our strategy (or our entire purpose in being there) turns out to be wrong, I can't imagine the fallen soldiers would want more of their comrades to die in service of it.
It really is beginning to seem a lot like Vietnam.
Obama inherited a cluster, and I'm not sure he's up to the job.
Last edited by Catz Part Deux; 06-29-10 at 02:31 PM.
I've still yet to figure out what the offending remark BY McChrystal is? So far the only damaging things directly attributed to him is a joking comment of wishing to answer "Who's that" in response to questions regarding his feelings towards the Vice President that seem to occur anytime he's near the press, and a statement of frustration in not wanting to read someones email in the middle of an uncomfortable diplomatic trip.
Neither are hardly worthy of an eyebrow raise let enough the hooplah that has been raised over this.
Does allowing Rolling Stone entrance into his inner circle speak of questionable decision making? Absolutely. Are the comments by some of those around him highly questionable? Definitely. However the main hype everyone seems to keep bringing up is accusations of over the line statements made BY McChrystal.
I'll ask again...please name those things. An answer of "go read the piece" isn't sufficient, because I have read the piece, and remain confused. Perhaps then you could enlighten us to what you saw as so obviously egregious so that we who missed it may be shown the light.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.