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WH: We Exposed Myths of McChrystal’s Assessment – French Cowboy Unsure Whether to Laugh Or Cry

October 3, 2009

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But White House officials are resisting McChrystal’s call for urgency, which he underscored Thursday during a speech in London, and questioning important elements of his assessment, which calls for a vast expansion of an increasingly unpopular war. One senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the meeting, said, “A lot of assumptions — and I don’t want to say myths, but a lot of assumptions — were exposed to the light of day.”


Senior White House officials asked some of the sharpest questions, according to participants and others who have been briefed on the meeting, while the uniformed military, including Gen. David H. Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, did not take issue with McChrystal’s assessment.

According to White House officials involved in the meeting, Vice President Biden offered some of the more pointed challenges to McChrystal, who attended the session by video link from Kabul. One official said Biden played the role of “skeptic in chief,” while other top officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, were muted in their comments.

So let’s see, on the one side you have General McChrystal and General Petraeus, on the other you have “senior White House officials” including Joe Biden. Whose assessment would you rely on when making decisions on the Afghan war?

In a better world, McChrystal would resign. But in a better world, he wouldn’t be in the situation in which he is in the first place. It’s too obvious already that Obama put him into his position only to get nice headlines, then wriggle out of what is his plain and clear responsibility as the Commander-in-Chief, ie doing what is best to win the war. Instead Obama sends his underlings (aka “senior White House officials”) to make “pointed challenges” against the General’s assessment so that he can hide himself behind his Vice President’s anti-Chrystal clear grasp of the situation when he starves the efforts of the military in the hopes of saving a few bucks to make his disastrous deficits look a little less disastrous.

“Assumptions” – not to call them myths! – were “exposed”! Really? Gosh, aren’t we lucky we got “senior White House officials” to expose the “assumptions” of people like McChrystal and Petraeus? Imagine we didn’t have “senior White House officials” to check those crazy military guys! We’d be in danger of actually winning the war and – what’s probably even worse – of making conservatives happy – let alone the (ever decreasing) rest of the nation that wasn’t marinated in anti-American self-loathing!

The French Cowboy thinks that everybody would understand should McChrystal decide to resign. But I also have a hunch that he takes his responsibility too serious to step down unless the situation with the Obama administration has become absolutely hopeless. The men and women in the battlefield don’t have the luxury of resigning their posts because their Commander-in-Chief isn’t decided on which team he’s in either. McChrystal wouldn’t want to let them down, nor the rest of the nation for which a defeat in Afghanistan might be more costly than it’s currently aware of.

I can’t help but have the impression that Obama is trading in victory in the wars and at least somewhat sustainable deficits for his narcissistic ‘Transform America until it’s unrecognisable’ plans that will leave not only America but indeed the entire planet in worse shape. Who is to gain when the President of the United States weakens his own country from the inside and babbles nonsense like “[n]o one nation can or should try to dominate another nation” as if he were an 8-year old playing ‘UN meeting’ with stuffed animals not the US President giving a speech while thugs from Iran, Venezuela, Syria, Burma etc are snickering over their bright future? Not the tortured prisoners in Cuba and China or the starving masses in North Korea, that much is clear.

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