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McChrystal Out?

June 22, 2010

General Stanley McCrystal has been recalled to Washington to attend a National Security Council meeting following the publication of an article in Rolling Stone in which he vents his frustrations (from what I have read other places that is probably a little mild, but I haven’t read the Rolling Stone article so I don’t feel comfortable describing his remarks) and in which his aides ridicule administration officials. He will probably be fired. Personally while I think Obama and his team probably deserve it I wonder what happened to the idea of faithfully executing orders and not talking to the press? If you have a problem with the orders resign damn it!

I know a lot of people have a problem with McChrystal’s ideas on how to win in Afghanistan, I am not one of them. I was in the Navy on duty with the FMF at a time when a majority of the SNCOs were still Vietnam vets and the Vietnam War was still the major discussion. Most of what I have heard about McChrystal’s methods describes methods based on what was successful in Vietnam and later in Iraq, mostly Iraq. Unfortunately for McChrystal he doesn’t have the support of either his upper or lower leadership teams and that has hurt him, and will be one of the factors costing him his job. Personally if I was him I would have started firing subordinate commanders until I found a team I could count on. He didn’t do that and it will cost him now.

In my opinion, if Obama wants to show some real leadership he will leave McChrystal in place and fire the Ambassador. If he does that I will give him a 5000 point rating jump in my opinion of how he handles National Security. We all know that won’t happen.


Nancy Pelosi gets called out on her statements regarding the Minerals Management Services and the BP Gulf Oil Spill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recently blamed Bush appointees who “burrowed in” at the Minerals Management Service for the regulatory failures that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. But as it turns out, not one of the officials responsible for overseeing the exploded rig was a Bush political appointee.

The Washington Examiner has obtained biographic information on the MMS officials responsible for overseeing BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig at the time it exploded, from the Gulf Region Director to the last inspector to set foot on the rig. Most of these federal employees started with the agency decades ago. Not one was a presidential appointment of George W. Bush, although one longtime MMS employee in question was promoted to his current position during the Bush Administration.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Unfortunately most people will just accept her word on this, so instead of investigating real issues, such as an unresponsive/incompetent bureaucracy the easy answer of “Blame Bush” remains in play. I know there hasn’t been an investigation yet bust so far everything points to cost cutting efforts at BP and a lack of oversight and the proper application of the existing regulations (not a lack of regulation, there’s plenty of that) as being the culprit. Speaking of BP – I heard last night that the cost cutting efforts saved them $10,000,000, the clean-up has so far cost $2,000,000,000. I think BP should get some new people to handle their Cost Benefit Analysis.

What a pointless article – Sarah Palin’s Most Controversial Tweets. The worst thing they could find was a tweet when she used the word reload, but it is the top post on the Newsweek website. How about some actual news guys?

McCain continues to lead Hayworth 47% to 36%, and Hayworth’s career as an infomercial huckster has come to light. No new polling on Angle and Reid that I can find but the latest on Murray v. Rossi has Murray up by 7, Crist is up by 11, and nothing new on the KY Senate race.

(more on Hayworth hucksterism)

Karzai backing McChrystal, not a Karzai fan but I do like this move.

Update: I just read the article on McChrystal. He is by far the biggest target of criticism in the article and the criticism that he levels at the administration is actually pretty mild. His staff is more outspolen but even they are very mild in their complaints.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. xbradtc permalink
    June 22, 2010 12:05 pm

    McChrystal serves at the pleasure of the President (in his role in Afghanistan as a 4-star). If the President wants to fire him, that is his prerogative. But you and I are sympatico about the criticisms of his restrictive ROE. We spent from 2002 to 2008 just killing people willy-nilly with no overarching plan to secure the population and their confidence. In fact, we did a lot of things that could only alienate them.

    Are troops dying due to the restrictions placed upon them? Sure. But a theater commander’s job isn’t to keep his troops alive. It is to accomplish his mission. We could execute a force protection posture that would minimize the short term casualties, but accomplish nothing strategic, or we could attempt a COIN approach that has a chance of securing our goals, leading to lower casualties in the long term.

  2. genes permalink
    June 22, 2010 4:52 pm

    News from Newsweak? Surely you jest.

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