President Obama has asked Gen Stanley McChrystal to oversee the administration’s new initiative to help military families What a slap in the face to the nation’s highest-profile military family—that of Army Ranger Pat Tillman—on whom McChrystal heaped misery and disrespect What a slap in the face to the nation’s highest-profile military family.
Mr. Fish survives a MoveOn house party, Sandra Postel solves the water crisis, Daniel Denvir and James Harris take stock of segregation, Narda Zacchino puts Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the dustbin of history, and Nomi Prins and Robert Scheer digest President Obama's speech.
Mr Fish survives a MoveOn house party, Sandra Postel solves the water crisis, Daniel Denvir and James Harris take stock of segregation, Narda Zacchino puts Gen Stanley McChrystal in the dustbin of history, and Nomi Prins and Robert Scheer digest President Obama's speech Update: Full transcriptThis week we tackle the resurrection of Stanley McChrystal, segregation, the water crisis and Obama's deficit speech Plus: Mr Fish on MoveOn.
"Transformation" is the new military buzzword, meaning reorienting the military institution for "the complex insurgencies" that "planners say will dominate the 21st century." Robert Gates, the U.S. secretary of defense, was quoted as saying that Afghanistan provides the "laboratory" for this change.
The globalist militarism that remains the dominant force among the American policy class in Washington (Democrats prominently involved) now has its members talking to the press about its new use of "the scalpel" rather than "the hammer."
Gen. David Petraeus has hinted that he might rethink the rules of engagement now that he's in charge of the war in Afghanistan. The current rules, ushered in by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, were designed to reduce civilian casualties but have proved unpopular with the rank and file. Afghan civilians, who already avoid contact with U.S. military, are worried.
It is amazing how little commentary there has been on the key issue raised by the McChrystal Affair: Should U.S. war policy be made by Rolling Stone?
Loose lips sink ships and careers, but they won't keep Gen. Stanley McChrystal from taking his four-star rank into retirement. CNN reports that the White House is waiving a rule to let McChrystal stay at his current pay grade even though he's now a world-famous trash talker.
The U.S. will eventually negotiate its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The only difference between now and then will be the number of dead, on all sides, and the amount of (borrowed) money that will be spent.