Military brass & the Rolling Stone

America’s top commander and his staff in Afghanistan are in big trouble for their disrespectful remarks about their civilian bosses that they made to a reporter from Rolling Stone:

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan is headed to Washington to apologize for a magazine profile that includes highly critical remarks by him and his staff about top Obama administration officials involved in Afghanistan policy.

The article in this week’s Rolling Stone magazine is certain to increase tension between the White House and Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal. The profile of McChrystal, titled the “Runaway General,” also raises fresh questions about the judgment and leadership style of the commander appointed by President Obama last year in an effort to turn around a worsening conflict.

McChrystal and some of his senior advisers are quoted speaking derisively of top administration officials, often in sharply flippant and dismissive terms. An anonymous McChrystal aide is quoted as calling national security adviser James L. Jones a “clown,” who remains “stuck in 1985.”

Referring to Richard C. Holbrooke, Obama’s senior envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, one McChrystal aide is quoted as saying: “The Boss says he’s like a wounded animal. Holbrooke keeps hearing rumors that he’s going to get fired, so that makes him dangerous.”

On one occasion, McChrystal appears to react with exasperation when he receives an e-mail from Holbrooke. “Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke,” McChrystal says, according to the article. “I don’t even want to read it.”

The story also features an exchange in which McChrystal and some of his aides appear to mock Vice President Biden, who opposed McChrystal’s troop surge recommendation last year and instead urged a more focused emphasis on counterterrorism operations. Preparing for a speech he is about to give at a French military academy, McChrystal “wonders aloud” whether he will questioned about the well-publicized differences in opinion between himself and Biden.

“Are you asking me about Vice President Biden? Who’s that?” McChrystal says with a laugh, trying out the line as a hypothetical response to the anticipated query.

“Biden?” chimes in an aide who is seated nearby, and who is not named in the article. “Did you say Bite me?”

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry, a retired three-star general who has sharp policy differences with McChrystal, isn’t spared either. Referring to a leaked cable from Eikenberry that expressed concerns about the trustworthiness of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, McChrystal is quoted as having said: “Here’s one that covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say, ‘I told you so.’ ”

The magazine hits newsstands Friday and could be posted online earlier as early as Tuesday. The Washington Post received an advance copy of the article from its author, Michael Hastings, a freelance journalist who has written for The Post in the past.

via Gen. McChrystal to apologize in Washington for anti-administration comments.

The general has apologized for his “poor judgment.”  This raises all kinds of issues (the administration’s handling of the war, the necessity of civilian control of the military, military discipline).  But what I continue to marvel at is how people are so free about opening up their inmost thoughts to reporters.   Why would anyone on a military staff talk so openly to the Rolling Stone, of all magazines?  I suspect the comments sounded humorous at the time, part of a stimulating conversation with a cool writer.  Now these guys’ careers are over.

I have seen this same eagerness to talk to reporters to one’s ultimate hurt elsewhere.  It must have to do with a strong ego’s susceptibility to flattery.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Almost unbelievable.
    Generals tend to be smarter than to voice disagreement with the president. I wouldn’t expect a lieutenant to speak so freely to a reporter. Military bearing seems to be incredibly lacking here. And a man who makes General has plenty of military bearing.
    Which makes me wonder, why is he apologizing. He must know his career is over either way. And if he was frustrated enough to let go, it seems as if he wanted it to be over and in a big way.
    This might also be a wake up call to the citizenry of the United States to seriously question what is happening here. Not to excuse the General’s behavior by any means. But yet to question that when there is that much dissension, whether or not we have the best commander and chief we could have?
    My guess is that this pattern of disrespect has probably been a bit of a two way street for a while, and McChrystal is the one burned by it. Time will tell. But then that is the rub of being in the military, that is what basic is about, taking abuse and learning not to dish it back, at least not until ordered to do so.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Almost unbelievable.
    Generals tend to be smarter than to voice disagreement with the president. I wouldn’t expect a lieutenant to speak so freely to a reporter. Military bearing seems to be incredibly lacking here. And a man who makes General has plenty of military bearing.
    Which makes me wonder, why is he apologizing. He must know his career is over either way. And if he was frustrated enough to let go, it seems as if he wanted it to be over and in a big way.
    This might also be a wake up call to the citizenry of the United States to seriously question what is happening here. Not to excuse the General’s behavior by any means. But yet to question that when there is that much dissension, whether or not we have the best commander and chief we could have?
    My guess is that this pattern of disrespect has probably been a bit of a two way street for a while, and McChrystal is the one burned by it. Time will tell. But then that is the rub of being in the military, that is what basic is about, taking abuse and learning not to dish it back, at least not until ordered to do so.

  • Joe

    This is a bit shocking to me. I have seen push back up the chain – in fact, I did pushing back in some occasions. But it is never done in public. You just don’t call our your superior like that.

  • Joe

    This is a bit shocking to me. I have seen push back up the chain – in fact, I did pushing back in some occasions. But it is never done in public. You just don’t call our your superior like that.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Not having been military, the thing that shocked me the most is that he went public in Rolling Stone. If you’ve got something important to say–and if it’s true then the General did–you go through a real outlet.

    And, yes, if you believe the CinC is torpedoing the war effort, you resign in protest. The graveyards are full of indispensible men, and if a general doesn’t have a capable person to take over, he needs to resign anyways–it’s his job to bring people along to take his place.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Not having been military, the thing that shocked me the most is that he went public in Rolling Stone. If you’ve got something important to say–and if it’s true then the General did–you go through a real outlet.

    And, yes, if you believe the CinC is torpedoing the war effort, you resign in protest. The graveyards are full of indispensible men, and if a general doesn’t have a capable person to take over, he needs to resign anyways–it’s his job to bring people along to take his place.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in 21st Century

    You don’t make it to the rank of General without being politically astute. It makes me wonder if he has ulterior motives, say a run for office himself? This sounds like the thing to win him brownie points with certain voting blocks.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in 21st Century

    You don’t make it to the rank of General without being politically astute. It makes me wonder if he has ulterior motives, say a run for office himself? This sounds like the thing to win him brownie points with certain voting blocks.

  • Tom Hering

    Doc @ 4, the troops in Afghanistan must be wondering “Who’s in charge here?” So why would anyone, in the future, vote for an ex-general who undermined morale while at war?

  • Tom Hering

    Doc @ 4, the troops in Afghanistan must be wondering “Who’s in charge here?” So why would anyone, in the future, vote for an ex-general who undermined morale while at war?

  • Carl Vehse

    The general has apologized for his “poor judgment.”

    Talk about an understatement! McChrystal publicly admitted to voting for Oblah-blah. Has he no shame?! Has he no sense of honor!?!

  • Carl Vehse

    The general has apologized for his “poor judgment.”

    Talk about an understatement! McChrystal publicly admitted to voting for Oblah-blah. Has he no shame?! Has he no sense of honor!?!

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Bror (@1), is it possible your comment says more about your preexisting views than it does the situation at hand? Could you not just as logically have written, “This might also be a wake up call to the citizenry of the United States to seriously question what is happening here — when there is that much dissension, do we have the best military brass we could have”?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Bror (@1), is it possible your comment says more about your preexisting views than it does the situation at hand? Could you not just as logically have written, “This might also be a wake up call to the citizenry of the United States to seriously question what is happening here — when there is that much dissension, do we have the best military brass we could have”?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Ha. An adult (@6) with the name-calling skills of a child (“Oblah-blah”? Hope you didn’t stay up all night working that one out!) used the words “shame” and “honor” in his comment. Fittingly, he only used them in jest.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Ha. An adult (@6) with the name-calling skills of a child (“Oblah-blah”? Hope you didn’t stay up all night working that one out!) used the words “shame” and “honor” in his comment. Fittingly, he only used them in jest.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Rolling Stone? Who are they?

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Rolling Stone? Who are they?

  • Peter Leavitt

    While McChrystal made a bizarre error of judgment, the root of this problem lies with Obama’s lack of sophistication in dealing with military matters. Taking so long to come to a decision on Afghanistan, allowing Biden to shoot his mouth off on the subject, allowing Elkenberry and Holbrooke to criticize Karzai, and making a vague commitment of withdrawing troops in 2011 has frustrated the military, especially McChrystal.

    The truth is that Obama is in a position well beyond his depth, stumbling from error to error; this McChrystal affair is yet another sign of his incompetence.

  • Peter Leavitt

    While McChrystal made a bizarre error of judgment, the root of this problem lies with Obama’s lack of sophistication in dealing with military matters. Taking so long to come to a decision on Afghanistan, allowing Biden to shoot his mouth off on the subject, allowing Elkenberry and Holbrooke to criticize Karzai, and making a vague commitment of withdrawing troops in 2011 has frustrated the military, especially McChrystal.

    The truth is that Obama is in a position well beyond his depth, stumbling from error to error; this McChrystal affair is yet another sign of his incompetence.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in 21st Century

    @#5 The troops know who is in charge. If anything can be said the chain of command is clear. What this does is not so much affect moral but the ability of leaders to get their underlings to follow. It is also a good indication of how little respect the Commander in Chief has in the military. If officers are talking this way imagine what is being said by the backbone of the military, the career non-coms and enlisted.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in 21st Century

    @#5 The troops know who is in charge. If anything can be said the chain of command is clear. What this does is not so much affect moral but the ability of leaders to get their underlings to follow. It is also a good indication of how little respect the Commander in Chief has in the military. If officers are talking this way imagine what is being said by the backbone of the military, the career non-coms and enlisted.

  • Kirk

    @John: That’s been the biggest shock for me, too. Rolling Stone? Doing credible journalism? Something is very wrong.

  • Kirk

    @John: That’s been the biggest shock for me, too. Rolling Stone? Doing credible journalism? Something is very wrong.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    tODD,
    Yes, perhaps it does betray pre-exisiting views. But admitting that doesn’t negate them.
    I have spent a good portion and some of the best years of my life serving my country in the military. I understand that culture. I have on not a few occasions had opportunity to spend time with the many officers of high rank, including a few Generals. I know what it takes to get there. I can tell you without reservation that we have the best military in the world, and the most disciplined. I can tell you without reservation our brass out shines the brass of any other nation, and you don’t become a Major, much less a general without being very disciplined.
    That said, our brass is still human, and so capable of error, and showing lack of judgment. But it makes it very peculiar. And one has to wonder how frustrated a general must be, and why to resort to such behavior.
    Now, I have not cared much for Obama. I have found and continue to find him very naive, which is not a good trait for a president, when considering the position and motives of other countries. I found his campaign promises to be hollow, because I understood he would not be able to deliver on them. So I see a general spouting off in this manner, unbecoming of a general, and in excusable. But I’m not going to ignore the red flag it raises for me either.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    tODD,
    Yes, perhaps it does betray pre-exisiting views. But admitting that doesn’t negate them.
    I have spent a good portion and some of the best years of my life serving my country in the military. I understand that culture. I have on not a few occasions had opportunity to spend time with the many officers of high rank, including a few Generals. I know what it takes to get there. I can tell you without reservation that we have the best military in the world, and the most disciplined. I can tell you without reservation our brass out shines the brass of any other nation, and you don’t become a Major, much less a general without being very disciplined.
    That said, our brass is still human, and so capable of error, and showing lack of judgment. But it makes it very peculiar. And one has to wonder how frustrated a general must be, and why to resort to such behavior.
    Now, I have not cared much for Obama. I have found and continue to find him very naive, which is not a good trait for a president, when considering the position and motives of other countries. I found his campaign promises to be hollow, because I understood he would not be able to deliver on them. So I see a general spouting off in this manner, unbecoming of a general, and in excusable. But I’m not going to ignore the red flag it raises for me either.

  • Carl Vehse

    Maybe McChrystal can spiff up his resume with this endorsement:

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai backs Gen. McChrystal.

  • Carl Vehse

    Maybe McChrystal can spiff up his resume with this endorsement:

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai backs Gen. McChrystal.

  • Kandyce

    Yeah, I’m befuddled. My husband always says, “Even if you don’t respect the man, respect the office.” And he doesn’t even want to do the necessary politicking to advance in a military career.

  • Kandyce

    Yeah, I’m befuddled. My husband always says, “Even if you don’t respect the man, respect the office.” And he doesn’t even want to do the necessary politicking to advance in a military career.

  • The Jungle Cat

    I don’t have military experience so someone with it might answer this question: Is Gen. McChrystal responsible for what his aides say; I’d also want to know if the general knew what his aides said about NSA Jones before making a final judgment. The worst thing that the general said is probably in preparation for the question and answer section at the French military academy; however, this was backstage, so I would want to know if the reporter were present or not when this occurred or if this were hearsay. Of course, if the general actually did say these things, then it is terrible, but it seems that on the basis of these quotes we should wait for the other side of the story before racing to conclusions.

  • The Jungle Cat

    I don’t have military experience so someone with it might answer this question: Is Gen. McChrystal responsible for what his aides say; I’d also want to know if the general knew what his aides said about NSA Jones before making a final judgment. The worst thing that the general said is probably in preparation for the question and answer section at the French military academy; however, this was backstage, so I would want to know if the reporter were present or not when this occurred or if this were hearsay. Of course, if the general actually did say these things, then it is terrible, but it seems that on the basis of these quotes we should wait for the other side of the story before racing to conclusions.

  • Carl Vehse

    McChrystal apologizes: “I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened.

    That apology could be understood in different ways, particularly since McChrystal’s press aide, Duncan Boothby, has now resigned, apparently for his mistake reflecting poor judgment in arranging the profile interview with the Rolling Stones reporter, which should never have happened.

  • Carl Vehse

    McChrystal apologizes: “I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened.

    That apology could be understood in different ways, particularly since McChrystal’s press aide, Duncan Boothby, has now resigned, apparently for his mistake reflecting poor judgment in arranging the profile interview with the Rolling Stones reporter, which should never have happened.

  • Tom Hering

    Maybe McChrystal’s frustrations are indicative of nothing more than his black ops background. He just isn’t used to a lot of civilian oversight.

  • Tom Hering

    Maybe McChrystal’s frustrations are indicative of nothing more than his black ops background. He just isn’t used to a lot of civilian oversight.

  • ptl

    My hunch is he made the mistake of saying what so many other military personnel are thinking? But hurray for him and am sure he can be successful in the civilian world……big fees for speaking engagements (against the CinC of course), perhaps a political office and don’t forget a million dollar plus book deal! The libs cannot be upset with the man, he is just playing the game like the rest of them, but perhaps they don’t like losing at their own game?

  • ptl

    My hunch is he made the mistake of saying what so many other military personnel are thinking? But hurray for him and am sure he can be successful in the civilian world……big fees for speaking engagements (against the CinC of course), perhaps a political office and don’t forget a million dollar plus book deal! The libs cannot be upset with the man, he is just playing the game like the rest of them, but perhaps they don’t like losing at their own game?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Hey, intentionally cutting short his period of service because he was frustrated and showed a lack of judgment? He could, at the very least, be governor of Alaska. For a few years, at least.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Hey, intentionally cutting short his period of service because he was frustrated and showed a lack of judgment? He could, at the very least, be governor of Alaska. For a few years, at least.

  • Tom Hering

    “My hunch is he made the mistake of saying what so many other military personnel are thinking?” – ptl @ 19.

    So many in the military are thinking about Jones, Biden, Holbrooke and Eikenberry? Aren’t they kind of preoccupied with other things?

  • Tom Hering

    “My hunch is he made the mistake of saying what so many other military personnel are thinking?” – ptl @ 19.

    So many in the military are thinking about Jones, Biden, Holbrooke and Eikenberry? Aren’t they kind of preoccupied with other things?

  • ptl

    Tom at 21….ok, just a hunch. perhaps maybe just the top level of brass, the ones that have to kiss the well, rhymes with brass. am guessing they can only take so much? and if that’s the case, that kind of attitude can spread thru an organization and affect morale, etc. but that is my hunch as am not a military expert….you are by chance? but also if that’s true, it would not be the first time politicians have ruined a military strategy and demoralized troops…am thinking first of Korea or Viet Nam or Nicaragua (one minute they are funding some troops, the next minute they are not, what a crazy way to fight a war….regardless of what one feels about the mission)
    are they preoccupied with other things? yes of course genius, thanks for pointing out the obvious….but am sure they can do two things at once, at least be open minded :)

  • ptl

    Tom at 21….ok, just a hunch. perhaps maybe just the top level of brass, the ones that have to kiss the well, rhymes with brass. am guessing they can only take so much? and if that’s the case, that kind of attitude can spread thru an organization and affect morale, etc. but that is my hunch as am not a military expert….you are by chance? but also if that’s true, it would not be the first time politicians have ruined a military strategy and demoralized troops…am thinking first of Korea or Viet Nam or Nicaragua (one minute they are funding some troops, the next minute they are not, what a crazy way to fight a war….regardless of what one feels about the mission)
    are they preoccupied with other things? yes of course genius, thanks for pointing out the obvious….but am sure they can do two things at once, at least be open minded :)

  • ptl

    good choice of Alaska tODD as they know how to groom folks for instant stardom, but in any case he should sign his book contract now while the spot light is on him and cash in on this notoriety…that seems to me to be the game to play, unless you have a serious chance to move up further, but if not, then a brilliant move to maximize one’s earning potential!

  • ptl

    good choice of Alaska tODD as they know how to groom folks for instant stardom, but in any case he should sign his book contract now while the spot light is on him and cash in on this notoriety…that seems to me to be the game to play, unless you have a serious chance to move up further, but if not, then a brilliant move to maximize one’s earning potential!

  • Tom Hering

    “… genius …” – ptl @ 22.

    Am not. So there. :-P

  • Tom Hering

    “… genius …” – ptl @ 22.

    Am not. So there. :-P

  • ptl

    Tom…..first you criticize a detail of my hunch and now you call me a liar too :)

  • ptl

    Tom…..first you criticize a detail of my hunch and now you call me a liar too :)

  • Carl Vehse

    McChrystal has offered his resignation, according to a “senior Capitol Hill source,” according to Toby Harnden, Daily Telegraph‘s US Editor, based in Washington DC.

    Maybe Barry will plead with him to stay, ya’ think?

  • Carl Vehse

    McChrystal has offered his resignation, according to a “senior Capitol Hill source,” according to Toby Harnden, Daily Telegraph‘s US Editor, based in Washington DC.

    Maybe Barry will plead with him to stay, ya’ think?

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    No one makes gemeral buy cutting thwir career short. In fact by thew time yopu make general retirement with full benefits has been an option for quite some time. I imagined his rwsignation was coming. Smart move. Obama will have to live. This down, it will.come back to bite him.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    No one makes gemeral buy cutting thwir career short. In fact by thew time yopu make general retirement with full benefits has been an option for quite some time. I imagined his rwsignation was coming. Smart move. Obama will have to live. This down, it will.come back to bite him.

  • Carl Vehse

    Peter Leavitt (@10): “The truth is that Obama is in a position well beyond his depth, stumbling from error to error; this McChrystal affair is yet another sign of his incompetence.

    You said it!! McChrystal gets the blame for his careless talk, but it also provides yet another FUBAR opportunity for the Zero. If the community-organizer-in-chief doesn’t accept McChrystal’s resignation he’ll look like a wimp, and if he does give him the boot then what kind of general will be the replacement? A Pershing/Patton/LeMay type? Hardly. Some rumpswab looking to get another star or two before he retires? Possibly. Someone who will get a lot more U.S. soldiers and marines killed with idiotic RoEs so as not to offend the Taliban, the poppy growers, the corrupt Afghan and Pakistani regimes, and Barry’s political buddies. Probably. It’s 0bama’s War now.

  • Carl Vehse

    Peter Leavitt (@10): “The truth is that Obama is in a position well beyond his depth, stumbling from error to error; this McChrystal affair is yet another sign of his incompetence.

    You said it!! McChrystal gets the blame for his careless talk, but it also provides yet another FUBAR opportunity for the Zero. If the community-organizer-in-chief doesn’t accept McChrystal’s resignation he’ll look like a wimp, and if he does give him the boot then what kind of general will be the replacement? A Pershing/Patton/LeMay type? Hardly. Some rumpswab looking to get another star or two before he retires? Possibly. Someone who will get a lot more U.S. soldiers and marines killed with idiotic RoEs so as not to offend the Taliban, the poppy growers, the corrupt Afghan and Pakistani regimes, and Barry’s political buddies. Probably. It’s 0bama’s War now.

  • ptl

    Bror….you have NO clue, sorry!

  • ptl

    Bror….you have NO clue, sorry!

  • ptl

    Carl at 28…right on! This could be similar to the MacArthur vs. little wimpy Truman episode :( Am sure though the General will have a much better reception in the civilian world…hope so, as there will be plenty of “inside” information we want to hear about how inept the clowns in the current state department and others handle this set of affairs! Perfect timing for the 2010 election cycle….go General!

  • ptl

    Carl at 28…right on! This could be similar to the MacArthur vs. little wimpy Truman episode :( Am sure though the General will have a much better reception in the civilian world…hope so, as there will be plenty of “inside” information we want to hear about how inept the clowns in the current state department and others handle this set of affairs! Perfect timing for the 2010 election cycle….go General!

  • ptl

    Carl..if there is a plea to stay it will only be to silence him to the juvenile strategy and attitudes at play here…..my guess is the General possese too much true honor to be bought..unless it helps acheive a true military over there…otherwise, what’s the point? Cash in and go for the book/political/patriotic advantages….not to mention a hurray for the troops and true historical American values! God Bless General M :)

  • ptl

    Carl..if there is a plea to stay it will only be to silence him to the juvenile strategy and attitudes at play here…..my guess is the General possese too much true honor to be bought..unless it helps acheive a true military over there…otherwise, what’s the point? Cash in and go for the book/political/patriotic advantages….not to mention a hurray for the troops and true historical American values! God Bless General M :)

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    ptl,
    No clue? I may go wrong on this. But my guess is that Obama’s relationship with the military, and his handling of Afghanistan becomes an issue in the next election campaign.
    By that time this controversy will have probably blown over, but it will be dug up as one example.
    Meanwhile McChrystal will be enjoying his retirement as a general with full benefits. He may have a job somewhere else as a consultant also. That is if Obama accepts his resignation.
    If Obama was to not accept it, forgive McChrystal and send him back to Afghanistan, it would work to Obama’s favor all the way around.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    ptl,
    No clue? I may go wrong on this. But my guess is that Obama’s relationship with the military, and his handling of Afghanistan becomes an issue in the next election campaign.
    By that time this controversy will have probably blown over, but it will be dug up as one example.
    Meanwhile McChrystal will be enjoying his retirement as a general with full benefits. He may have a job somewhere else as a consultant also. That is if Obama accepts his resignation.
    If Obama was to not accept it, forgive McChrystal and send him back to Afghanistan, it would work to Obama’s favor all the way around.

  • Carl Vehse

    Now MSNBC is reporting that McChrystal denies he offered his resignation, even though yesterday CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan and “CBS Evening News” Anchor Katie Couric discussed McChrystal’s offer of resignation.

    And to make things interesting, according to a Washington Post, “all the quotes dissing Obama and his administration came directly from members of McChrystal’s inner circle” and not McChrystal himself, though he may have been present when the comments were made by his various aides.

    Do you have the feeling that this is some kind of buildup for a new sitcom in the fall primetime TV lineup? Sort of like a modern day Afghan War version of the old Korean War M*A*S*H show?

  • Carl Vehse

    Now MSNBC is reporting that McChrystal denies he offered his resignation, even though yesterday CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan and “CBS Evening News” Anchor Katie Couric discussed McChrystal’s offer of resignation.

    And to make things interesting, according to a Washington Post, “all the quotes dissing Obama and his administration came directly from members of McChrystal’s inner circle” and not McChrystal himself, though he may have been present when the comments were made by his various aides.

    Do you have the feeling that this is some kind of buildup for a new sitcom in the fall primetime TV lineup? Sort of like a modern day Afghan War version of the old Korean War M*A*S*H show?

  • http://www.newreformationpress.com Patrick Kyle

    Hmm…. A very disciplined and brilliant General, and his hand picked staff of Navy Seals and other assorted Special forces operatives, all very familiar with the use of propaganda and dis information techniques, and all vetted by our government for their ability to handle classified information, suddenly, almost as if by magic, become very loose lipped around a reporter for an internationally known magazine. Oh, and circumstances conspire to keep the reporter on the story with the General and his crew for a month.
    Riiiight….

  • http://www.newreformationpress.com Patrick Kyle

    Hmm…. A very disciplined and brilliant General, and his hand picked staff of Navy Seals and other assorted Special forces operatives, all very familiar with the use of propaganda and dis information techniques, and all vetted by our government for their ability to handle classified information, suddenly, almost as if by magic, become very loose lipped around a reporter for an internationally known magazine. Oh, and circumstances conspire to keep the reporter on the story with the General and his crew for a month.
    Riiiight….


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