Different General, Same War! And Obama Still Smokes!

June 23, 2010

This is a bad news, bad news joke.

The bad news:  General McChrystal is out, but the occupation of Afghanistan goes on .

Obama and McChrystal

Obama says the general’s ill-advised remarks to Rolling Stone Magazine, demeaning the White House leadership, undermined trust and respect for civilian command of the military.

Obama said the decision doesn’t reflect a difference over war policy. He said the controversy over the remarks “undermines civilian control of the military” and makes it more difficult to achieve U.S. objectives in Afghanistan.

I don’t understand why Obama selected McChrystal in the first place.  He  apparently had a well-known  reputation for insularity and single-minded resistance to opposing views. From CommonDreams:

In an interview with IPS, one military source who knows McChrystal and his staff described a “very tight” inner circle of about eight people which “does everything together, including getting drunk”.

“McChrystal surrounded himself with yes men,” said another source who has interacted with some of those in the inner circle. “When people have challenged the conventional wisdom, he’s had them booted out,” the source said.

And there were other troubling issues.  From Democratic Underground:

Pulitzer prize-winning American investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, said that there is a special unit called the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) that does high-value targeting of men that are known to be involved in anti-American activities, or are believed to be planning such activities. According to Hersh, the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) was headed by former US vice president Dick Cheney and the former head of JSOC, Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal who has just been named the new commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan.

On July 22, 2006, Human Rights Watch issued a report titled “No blood, no foul” about American torture practices at three facilities in Iraq. One of them was Camp Nama, which was operated by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), under the direction of then Major General Stanley McChrystal.

Oh, wait.  Maybe that’s why McChrystal was chosen:  He had unconstitutional proclivities, just like is bosses:  “High value targeting” and mass killing with drones.

Now the other bad news:

General Patraeus will continue the fiasco.

And Obama still smokes!

Obama smokes!