Thursday, June 24, 2010

McChrystal Round-up

  • "The McChrystal goes rogue/McChrystal gets fired story is yet one more classic Pentagon non-event magnified to dementia," suggests Pepe Escobar — Mistah McChrystal - he dead. "It's been a long time since the immense, absurdly expensive, the-road-goes-on-forever American war obsession bore any relation whatsoever to politics and reality."

  • "Whether McChrystal’s assessment was correct is not the point: it is the threat to the war racket of having insiders purporting to address the reality of war that so disturbs the state," writes Butler Schaffer — Making It McChrystal Clear. "Gen. McChrystal has discovered what so many others before him learned – from Socrates to Thomas More to Gen. Smedley Butler to Sophie Scholl to Daniel Ellsberg to Seymour Hersh to untold governmental 'whistleblowers' – even, more recently to Helen Thomas – that it is dangerous to speak truth not to power, but to ordinary people."

  • "Whatever the name of the commanding general in Afghanistan, the U.S. war effort will continue its carnage and futility," says Normon Solomon — From Great Man to Great Screwup: Behind the McChrystal Uproar. Noting that "the most profound aspects of Rolling Stone‘s article 'The Runaway General' have little to do with the general, Mr. Solomon contines, "The takeaway is — or should be — that the U.S. war in Afghanistan is an insoluble disaster, while the military rationales that propel it are insatiable."

  • While "Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff were guilty of colossal stupidity" and "President Obama had cause to cashier them," the latter's "decision to fire McChrystal may prove both unwise and costly," argues Pat Buchanan — Obama vs. the U.S. Army. "Had Obama, instead of firing McChrystal, told him to shut up, can the interviews and go back to fighting the war until the December review of strategy, he could have shown those soldiers he is a bigger man than they or McChrystal’s team give him credit for."

  • "Now that the McChrystal side-show is over, it's time for Congress and mainstream media to focus on the main event: the deteriorating war in Afghanistan," writes Tom Andrews — Three Things You Missed in Rolling Stone's McChrystal Profile.

  • "Despite President Barack Obama's denial that his decision to fire Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as commander in Afghanistan and replace him with Gen. David Petraeus signified any differences with McChrystal over war strategy, the decision obviously reflects a desire by Obama to find a way out of a deepening policy crisis in Afghanistan," begins Gareth Porter — Why McChrystal Did Obama a Big Favor.
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