McClellan, MacArthur, MacChrystal

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.

Red flags?

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.

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2 thoughts on “McClellan, MacArthur, MacChrystal

  1. Looks like you have said it all. What disappoints me is that Obama has not already fired him. There is no reason to see him. Every responsible
    military person knows McCrystal has crossed the line. One can disagree and make his thoughts known during debate on initiating a military policy, but once the President makes the decision, the military is required to follow the orders of the President. FDR, Marshall, Churchill, Eisenhower, Montgomery argued back and forth on the places and timing of the fronts during WWII, but once FDR and Churchill made their decison it all ended. Sure, Obama is going to take fire from the Right and Fox. Fox is already beating the drum. They are saying that firing McCrystal will hurt the war effort and the spirit of the men and women in uniform. They are giving little attention to the Constitution and the Chain of Command. Makes one wonder what Constitution they support??

  2. Well, I step away from the news for a little while and I have to catch up. I just heard on Al Jazeera that McChrystal was in fact fired.
    I think McChrystal wanted to be fired or resign. He seems to be a self promoting mythomaniac in my opinion. He is going to be a dangerous personality in the near future as his myth becomes factoids for the right.

    Things are never going to go right in Afghanistan. I think McChrystal realized that he was destroying his own glorious career by continuing this doomed mission.
    Today, the administration is asking for another 33 billion dollars to continue what has become the longest, costliest, vaguest engagement in American military history.
    Many decisions made in haste are wrong and then the subsequent chain of events make more bad decisions inevitable. The hardest choice is opting to admit to error and its aftermath.
    The instant reaction of the Bush administration to invade Afghanistan after 9/11 was ill considered and hasty. It was totally bungled. The decisions that led to Ben Ladin escaping from Tora Bora are inexplicable.
    Then squandering what ever military advantage we might have had at the time by the adventure in Iraq. Afghanistan went on the back burner…the Taleban came back, the corrupt Karzei government ripped off billions of bucks of military and social aid.
    The only real humanitarian action in Afghanistan is provided by privately funded angencies and committed humanitarian doctors.
    A military that is unable to communicate with the people, confined to “forts and bunkers” making violent sorties from time to time, while remote controled “drones” randomly massacre the civilian population in a hostile terrain which has historically played the most important role in the defeat of centuries of attempts by invaders, can only create it’s own defeat.
    Perhaps, this change of command can signal the change of direction.
    Karzei seems to be extremely upset that McChrystal is leaving.

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