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Submitted by Kevin Wuzzardo on Wed, 06/23/2010 - 6:49pm.
Much has been made today of President Obama's brief meeting with Gen. Stanley McChrystal and the general's resignation as commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Personally, I think the president made the only decision he could by forcing McChrystal out after the controversial Rolling Stone article in which McChrystal and his top aides criticized the president and his national security team. What McChrystal did was inexcusable as far as military protocol goes. As the president said, if a buck private did it, he'd be out. So it must go for a general.
I've seen a lot of good news coverage today about the whole sordid affair, but there's one story I have not seen. No one seems to be asking what I think may be the central question in all this: Was McChrystal right? Is National Security Advisor Jim Jones "a 'clown' who remains 'stuck in 1985?'" Is the interference of politicians like Senators John McCain and John Kerry unhelpful to the war effort? Is Special Representative to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke really so afraid of his losing his job that he gets in the way? Is US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, a retired general who served in Afghanistan, really resentful that his former subordinate is in charge and with more power? Those were the accusations leveled in just a couple of paragraphs of the lengthy story.
So the question arises: Is Stanley McChrystal a maverick military leader bitter at the Democratic leadership after thriving under a Republican administration significantly more hawkish than the current administration? Or is he a military genius whose brilliance has been stunted by civilian leaders mishandling the military under their command? Frankly, I do not know, and that's because my brethren at the networks have failed to search out the answers. All the news networks are so proud of their stable of war correspondents, analysts and insiders. It's time to put them to work to separate the fact from the fiction in this story. It's time to have them figure out whether Rolling Stone uncovered a horrible set of truths or merely allowed a decorated veteran to plant his boot firmly in his mouth.
By: Kevin Wuzzardo