The next day he was summoned to an awkward 25-minute face-to-face meeting on board Air Force One on the tarmac in Copenhagen, where the president had arrived to tout Chicago’s unsuccessful Olympic bid.
In an apparent rebuke to the commander, Robert Gates, the Defence Secretary, said: “It is imperative that all of us taking part in these deliberations, civilians and military alike, provide our best advice to the president, candidly but privately.”
Which is damned hard to do if the Narcissist-in-Chief refuses to meet with you, isn’t it?
When asked on CNN about the commander’s public lobbying for more troops, Gen Jim Jones, national security adviser, said: “Ideally, it’s better for military advice to come up through the chain of command.” Asked if the president had told the general to tone down his remarks, he told CBS: ” I am sure they exchanged direct views.”
One sided, I’m sure. I doubt General McCrystal had much to say.
In London, Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against al-Qaeda. He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe Biden, would lead to “Chaos-istan”.
Yes, that’s our Joe Biden — Master War Strategist. (sigh)
He will hold at least one more this week, but a decision on how far to follow Gen McChrystal’s recommendation to send 40,000 more US troops will not be made for several weeks.
A military expert said: “They still have working relationship but all in all it’s not great for now.”
Some commentators regarded the general’s London comments as verging on insubordination.
LIBERAL commentators, I’m sure, who have no idea how military relationships work; and that want the General to shut the f**k up. (What is it with Liberals and Free Speech all of a sudden?)
Bruce Ackerman, an expert on constitutional law at Yale University, said in the Washington Post: “As commanding general, McChrystal has no business making such public pronouncements.”
He added that it was highly unusual for a senior military officer to “pressure the president in public to adopt his strategy”.
Since when does being an expert in “Constitutional Law” make you an expert at military protocol? Obviously, he’s never heard of General Billy Mitchell (the proponent of the modern Air Force); General Douglas MacArthur (who publicly disagreed with president Truman over Korea); General Robert McNamara (very vocal proponent on the Vietnam War); etc., etc.
They made no secret of their view that without the vast ground force recommended by Gen McChrystal, the Afghan mission could end in failure and a return to power of the Taliban. “They want to make sure people know what they asked for if things go wrong,” said Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of defence.
Critics also pointed out that before their Copenhagen encounter Mr Obama had only met Gen McChrystal once since his appointment in June.
And looks like a completely incompetent Fool for not doing so earlier, doesn’t he? Same old story we’ve seen from Clinton, and Carter, Johnson, and Truman before them. The Generals are the regional experts on the scene — Listen to them. Trust Them. Stop seeing them as warmongering barbarians– they have to get a Ph.D. in order to get their star.
So Truman doesn’t listen to his generals and played Korea to a Stalemate. Johnson overrode his generals and lost Vietnam. Obama doesn’t listen to McCrystal . . . and?