What’s with generals with the surname Mc or Mac? Presidents Lincoln, Truman and now Obama have had difficulty reigning in their top generals. Today, it is rumored, President Obama will fire Gen. Stanley MacChrystal for his unseemly comments about non-military authorities who are, in fact, in a position of authority. MacChrystal ‘apologized’ for a Rolling Stones magazine profile in which the general and his staff appeared to mock top civilian officials.
Luckily for our nation, our Forefathers were wise enough to make the President commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces rather than having it under military control.
I wonder if MacChrystal is one of those right-wingers like those outspoken Tea PArty activists who have spent all of President Obama’s 500 days in office illegitimate-izing the president. Perhaps he felt that lots of Americans felt that Obama did not deserve to be President.
Back in April 2003, shortly after the fall of Baghdad, he announced, “I would anticipate that the major combat engagements are over.” So much for insight.
He was also involved in the cover-up of the details of Pat Tillman’s death. On April 28, 2004, six days after Tillman’s death, McChrystal approved a final draft of the Silver Star recommendation and submitted it to the acting Secretary of the Army, even though the medal recommendation deliberately omitted any mention of friendly fire, included the phrase “in the line of devastating enemy fire,” and was accompanied by fabricated witness statements. McChrystal was one of eight officers recommended for discipline by a subsequent Pentagon investigation but the Army declined to take action against him. [Wikipedia]
McChrystal’s Zarqawi unit, Task Force 6-26, became well-known for its interrogation methods, particularly at Camp Nama, where it was accused of abusing detainees. After the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal became public in April 2004, 34 members of the task force were disciplined.
I cringe knowing that this man was put in charge of the Afghanistan operations. And, when he said, “We are going to win”, on September 20, 2009, I knew that there were some disconnected dendrites in his skull.
How about this red flag- McChrystal runs eight miles a day, eats one meal and sleeps for only four hours a night.
His father and all of his brothers were in the military as well. Apparently his mindset is totally military, which often excludes other, more rational thoughts and insights.