President Obama may not be a military man, but he does play one on television. Therefore, he has to pretend to look like he knows what he's talking about on military matters. Like any good actor, he has to learn his lines (well, read them anyway) and project authority while playing Commander-In-Chief. That authority was brought into question when Rolling Stone magazine published an article called The Runaway General, in which General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and as military a military man as you could ever find, made unflattering comments about members of Obama's team. Actually, it was mainly McChrystal's aides and advisors who decided to bare their souls to a Rolling Stone reporter. God only knows what they were thinking. Talk about arming the enemy. I can only assume those aides spend their off-duty time supplying ammo to the Taliban. In case anyone is unclear about what Rolling Stone is attempting to do with this article, I'll clue you in. They are attempting to make the Afghanistan war look like a circle jerk, thus dispiriting America into giving up. Rolling Stone wants America to fail in Afghanistan to advance the left-wing agenda, just as the Democratic party tried to lose the Iraq war during the Bush years for the same reason (and now the same Democrat sob's have the nerve to take credit for the successes in Iraq. Obama is one of those sob's.).
McChrystal and Obama are two completely different people, and it's said they were never comfortable in each other's presence. McChrystal first met Obama at the Pentagon, where McChrystal said Obama looked "uncomfortable and intimidated" meeting with military brass. This is hardly surprising, given that, using old-school terminology, McChrystal is a badass and Obama is, as my blogger friend larry would say, a pansy. McChrystal is a career military, zero bodyfat warrior who runs 12 miles per day and spent lots of his early career doing Special Ops work. He was also a hands-on general in Iraq, and is the one credited with killing the leader of Al Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Obama, on the other hand, throws, golfs, and bowls like a girl, and spent much of his early career smoking dope, snorting blow, and hanging out with Marxists. Obama is the nerdy leftist college professor. Putting those two guys in the same room has the word 'clash' written all over it.
The second meeting between Obama and McChrystal, which was their first one-on-one meeting, came when Obama named McChrystal to lead the operation in Afghanistan. As Rolling Stone put it:
"It was a 10-minute photo op," says an adviser to McChrystal. "Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was. Here's the guy who's going to run his f*cking war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed."
The "photo op" was Obama play-acting as Commander-In-Chief, as I mentioned before. The 'didn't know sh*t from shinola' disengaged part is the real Obama. But you can clearly see here why Obama/Rolling Stone had to fire McChrystal. One of McChrystal's advisors said the f-word. There's no place for such talk during a war, especially the kinder, gentler type of war preferred by the Obama-types, where nobody is harmed except the occasional maniacal terrorist who is charging toward our troops with a bomb strapped to his chest. The Obama-types also like it if stray war puppies are taken to CentCom shelters and given flea baths in the middle of combat operations. It's about winning hearts and paws, people.
McChrystal perpetrated many other "horrors" in addition to his advisor using the f-word. Another aide referred to a McChrystal dinner meeting with a French minister as "f*ucking gay." Whew. That's TWO f-words and the g-word. How can McChrystal possibly lead the troops after that ? McChrystal also joked about pretending not to know who the VP/Gaffemaster General Joe Biden was, and a McChrystal advisor said "Biden ? Did you say Bite Me ?"
Words like that mean the terrorists win, my friends.
Here are yet more "horror stories" coming from the McChrystal camp:
One aide calls Jim Jones, a retired four-star general and veteran of the Cold War, a "clown" who remains "stuck in 1985." Politicians like McCain and Kerry, says another aide, "turn up, have a meeting with Karzai, criticize him at the airport press conference, then get back for the Sunday talk shows. Frankly, it's not very helpful." Only Hillary Clinton receives good reviews from McChrystal's inner circle. "Hillary had Stan's back during the strategic review," says an adviser. "She said, 'If Stan wants it, give him what he needs.' "
Oh my !!!! Politicians like Kerry and McCain using the war for political purposes ???? Tell me it ain't so !!! What a horrendous accusation ! What a.........completely honest and truthful statement that I couldn't possibly agree with more. Another shocker is that McChrystal's people liked Hillary, who gave McChrystal her complete backing. Duh.
But an egregious mistake WAS made by McChrystal. He made "Toots" Obama's people look bad IN THE MEDIA. That's the mortal sin. Forget the war. The war is secondary. Obama is first. If there's one thing Obama IS an expert on, it's how to react to the daily news cycle and control the media narrative. At that, Obama is a four-star general, because, just like McCain and Kerry, Obama is a politician.
Thus, game over.
McChrystal is out, and that man so beloved by the Democratic party, General Betray-Us, er, I mean, General Petraeus, is in. Of course, Petraeus always was in, because he was McChrystal's boss. Petraeus is the commander of CENTCOM in the Middle East. Now he runs the Afghanistan operation as well. All Obama has really done so far is eliminate McChrystal's job. Maybe The One can point to that as deficit reduction. See, he IS shrinking government, you lying Tea Partiers. That's the ticket.
P.S. - Technically, McChrystal "resigned," but we all know the score. McChrystal was fired...by Rolling Stone magazine. What a country.
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