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McChrystal Apologizes For His Honesty

From an outraged (at the truth) Associated Press:

Top general in Afghan war apologizes for profile

By ANNE GEARAN (AP)

June 22, 2010

WASHINGTON — The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan apologized Tuesday for an interview in which he said he felt betrayed by the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.

The article in this week’s issue of Rolling Stone depicts Gen. Stanley McChrystal as a lone wolf on the outs with many important figures in the Obama administration and unable to convince even some of his own soldiers that his strategy can win the war.

Notice that the Rolling Stone article is not out yet. It would seem that the White House and their media lackeys want to control how it is received beforehand.

In Kabul on Tuesday, McChrystal issued a statement saying: "I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened."

In Rolling Stone, McChrystal is described by an aide as "disappointed" in his first Oval Office meeting with an unprepared President Barack Obama. The article says that although McChrystal voted for Obama, the two failed to connect from the start.

This would seem to be a far more serious contention than the general’s complaints about Ambassador Eikenberry. (Who?) 

According to other reports, General McChrystal felt like his brief visits with Mr. Obama were merely photo ops. Just as we suspected at the time.

Obama called McChrystal on the carpet last fall for speaking too bluntly about his desire for more troops.

"I found that time painful," McChrystal said in the article, on newsstands Friday. "I was selling an unsellable position."

That is to say, the concept of sending more troops to Afghanistan was “unsellable” to Mr. Obama. Who, it seems, is the one who should be apologizing here.

Obama agreed to dispatch an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan only after months of study that many in the military found frustrating. And the White House’s troop commitment was coupled with a pledge to begin bringing them home in July 2011, in what counterinsurgency strategists advising McChrystal regarded as an arbitrary deadline.

In other words, the responsible people on the ground in Afghanistan thought it was a mistake to give a July 2011 withdraw date. Again, what does General McChrystal have to apologize for?

McChrystal said Tuesday, "I have enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team, and for the civilian leaders and troops fighting this war and I remain committed to ensuring its successful outcome."

This sure sounds like post-woodshed visit language. And yet we thought Mr. Obama prided himself on being open to opposing views.

Funny how we have never seen any tangible evidence of that openness — ever.

The profile, titled "The Runaway General," emerged from several weeks of interviews and travel with McChrystal’s tight circle of aides this spring.

It includes a list of administration figures said to back McChrystal, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and puts Vice President Joe Biden at the top of a list of those who don’t.

Which would tend to confirm that he was right on the issues. Since we know for a fact that Mr. Biden has never been right about a single thing in his entire political career.

The article claims McChrystal has seized control of the war "by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House."

What an amazing quote, if true. Isn’t it peculiar how the AP buries it down in the middle of their article?

Unfortunately, it also has the unmistakable ring of truth. And a bell, once rung, cannot be un-rung – even by Mr. Obama.

Biden initially opposed McChrystal’s proposal for additional forces last year. He favored a narrower focus on hunting terrorists.

If Eikenberry had the same doubts, McChrystal said he never expressed them until a leaked internal document threw a wild card into the debate over whether to add more troops last November. In the document, Eikenberry said Afghan President Hamid Karzai was not a reliable partner for the counterinsurgency strategy McChrystal was hired to execute.

McChrystal said he felt "betrayed" and accused the ambassador of giving himself cover.

"Here’s one that covers his flank for the history books," McChrystal told the magazine. "Now, if we fail, they can say ‘I told you so.’"

Welcome to Washington, General McChrystal.

Where not only can you trust no one, but you must apologize for telling the obvious truth.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “McChrystal Apologizes For His Honesty”

  1. canary says:

    McChrystal complains his own soldiers don’t support his war stradegy;
    confirmed by U.S. troops interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine.

    McChrystal, “who voted for Obama” & sucked up to Obama, now apologizing for criticizing Obama & others in Rolling Stone interview

    McChrystal Apologizes for Magazine Profile
    FOXNews June 22, 2010 AP contributed

    The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan issued an apology late Monday for a “Rolling Stone” magazine profile…

    An article out this week in the magazine depicts Gen. Stanley McChrystal as a lone wolf on the outs with many important figures in the Obama administration and unable to convince even some of his own soldiers that his strategy can win the war.

    A band of McChrystal’s profane, irreverent aides were quoted by the magazine mocking Vice President Joe Biden and Richard Holbrooke,..

    McChystal himself was described by an aide as “disappointed” in his first Oval Office meeting with an unprepared President Barack Obama.

    The article says that although McChrystal voted for Obama,
    the two failed to connect from the start.

    “I found that time painful,” McChrystal said in the article, on newsstands Friday. “I was selling an unsellable position.”

    The profile, titled “The Runaway General” emerged from several weeks of interviews and travel with McChrystal’s tight circle of aides this spring.

    It includes a list of administration figures said to back McChrystal, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and puts Biden at the top of a list of those who don’t.

    The article claims McChrystal has seized control of the war “by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House.”

    If Eikenberry had the same doubts, McChrystal said he never expressed them until a leaked internal document threw a wild card into the debate over whether to add more troops last November.

    In the document, Eikenberry said Afghan President Hamid Karzai was not a reliable partner for the counterinsurgency strategy McChrystal was hired to execute.

    “Here’s one that covers his flank for the history books,” McChrystal told the magazine. “Now, if we fail, they can say ‘I told you so.”‘

    “Rolling Stone” interviewed troops frustrated by McChrystal’s strict rules for combat that are intended to reduce the number of civilian casualties.

    At one outpost, a soldier McChrystal had met earlier was killed in a house that the local U.S. commander had repeatedly asked to destroy….The request was denied,…

    “Does that make any (expletive) sense?” Pfc. Jared Pautsch asks. “We should just drop a (expletive) bomb on this place. You sit and ask yourself, ‘What are we doing here?”‘

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/21/mcchrystal-says-ambassador-betrayed-criticism-afghan-war-strategy/

    McChrystal now sucking up, revealing he voted for Obama explains the same mentality of Obama to comfort and aid the muslim enemies, letting them kill our soldiers.

    McChrystal got extra troops he said were necessary, so why with more troops, are more troops getting killed. Marja was failure, and so is latest
    “process” by McChrystal.
    hmmm? why Rolling Stone? Ya suppose they shelled out money for interview. McChrystal won’t just get feather in his cap. Promotion to higher rank and pay. Shame on him.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    Big Auto, BIg Banks, Big Wall Street, Big Insurance, Big Oil and now Big Military – when are We The People going to wake up and yell – not NO but HELL NO and stop this dictator – in a very short time, it will be too late.

    But when you have cowards like McChrystal, BP CEO Hayward and others who bowed, kow-towed and kiss Obama’s a$$ – I guess we are being sold out – by the CEOs, Congress Klownposse and now our own military – We have met the enemy and he is us.

    And We are screwed. God Help America.

  3. proreason says:

    Maybe McChrysal will spit in Obamy’s face.

    I’ll bet the Moron will be surrounded by bodyguards when they meet.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    Heh, another honoree at Joe & Joe’s “We Told the Ugly Truth and got Slammed for It” club.

    Still, I contemplate if McArthur or Patton would’ve apologized. Rather, I really wonder if they would’ve tolerated a traitorous ditherer in chief that prefers to use them as a prop much akin to a row of applausing doctors, while over the course of the year planting the seeds to sour public support for “the good war.” All so that he could scrap the military for bureaucratic power in the form of welfare programs, the destruction of industry, and the pillaging of private wealth.

    No, those men knew this playbook. They were fighting the very thing. Except scrapping the military; which it’d probably just be embarassing to them that their beloved nation was being taken over by pussy pansexual naturalist manchildren.

  5. Chuckk says:

    If McCrystal has a problem with how he is being forced to run the war he should be a man and say so, and do it directly. Then resign in protest.


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