[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: No Time For Hardball

Monday, October 05, 2009

No Time For Hardball

This quote jumped at me regarding the Obama/McChrystal situation:
An adviser to the administration said: "People aren't sure whether McChrystal is being naïve or an upstart. To my mind he doesn't seem ready for this Washington hard-ball and is just speaking his mind too plainly."
I understand President Obama being upset at General McChrystal for not following the chain of command and taking his complaints directly to his superiors. But now is definitely not the time for "Washington hard-ball". Not when we're involved in a war where Americans are being killed in record numbers. Perhaps McChrystal wanted a little one-on-one with Obama, any way he could get it (since he can't seem to get it otherwise). Or perhaps he's seeing what's happening on the ground and realizes that we need more troops, not less, and he's getting nothing but hard-ball from Washington.

Obama never had a problem with the war in Afghanistan, so he told us during the campaign. That was the just war, we were told. OK, Mr. President. Your general in Afghanistan, perhaps in a moment of understandable human frustration, misspoke. But, surely, you understand what it's like to be under pressure and have the lives of countless numbers of men in your hands, right? Leadership means you sometimes have to "step in it" every once in a while for the sake of your cause. Unfortunately, our president only steps in it to defend his indefensible friends, but that's another story.

Give the man what our troops need for victory. Now.

(Via Drudge)


Blogger Rick said...

Last time I checked generals followed the orders of their Commander-in-Chief and if they couldn't, they leave.

Or maybe I have this whole military thing wrong.


7:57 PM, October 05, 2009  
Blogger Melek said...


Wasn't it almost six months ago ... on March 27th, that our Commander in Chief, Obama stated: "Today I’m announcing a comprehensive new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan... This marks the conclusion of a careful policy review."

Well that was six months ago and nothing has happened ... Generals are not politicians, to an extent, McChrystal's frustation is valid and understandable! McChrystal is looking after our military ... while Obama & Co. contemplate what to do next ... our soldiers are dying! :(

It may have been inappropiate, but most of what he said (besides being true) was already known from his strategy assessment leak days ago ...

It's interesting how the WH wants to take its time with the Afghanistan strategy, and yet Healthcare Reform can't wait ... it's pushed down our throats! It's all boils down to priorities and political agendas ...

I wish you well :) Melek

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10:57 PM, October 05, 2009  
Blogger La Ventanita said...

Rick, generals also advise presidents since they (the generals) are the ones with military experience/knowledge and the ones in the front lines.

One thing I always agreed with Obama on what that the Afghanistan was WAS the one we couldn't lose. So I really don't understand how there is all this talk about sending or not sending more troops.

This is quite simple. Are more troops going to help McChrystal win the war? If the answer is yes, then send the troops. If the answer is no, then find out what will and do it.

11:10 AM, October 06, 2009  
Blogger Robert said...


Excellent points you make.

5:02 PM, October 06, 2009  
Blogger Jonathan said...

In London, Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against al-Qaeda.

He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe Biden, would lead to "Chaos-istan".

When asked whether he would support it, he said: "The short answer is: No."

He went on to say: "Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely, and nor will public support."

The remarks have been seen by some in the Obama administration as a barbed reference to the slow pace of debate within the White House.

IOW, McChrystal was asked if he agreed with Biden's trial balloon and replied by reiterating current US policy. What else was he supposed to say? Should he have agreed with Biden's reckless statement and thereby contradicted official policy? And now Obama, instead of confirming and clarifying our policy, sends his minions out to chop up McChrystal anonymously in the lackey press, because by doing so he diverts attention from his own disgraceful effort to avoid making necessary decisions about what to do next in Afghanistan.

Yeah, Generals are supposed to follow orders. McChrystal is still waiting for his, after submitting his report on Afghanistan to Obama more than a month ago and being left to twist in the wind. Great leadership, Barack.

8:38 AM, October 07, 2009  

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