A Rolling Stone writer visited Afghanistan, and it turns out that the military brass running the US operations there expressed frustrations with Obama and others at the top. Now General McChrystal has been “summoned” to the White House:
McChrystal has been instructed to fly from Kabul to Washington today to attend Obamaâ€™s regular monthly security team meeting tomorrow at the White House.
An administration official says McChrystal was asked to attend in person rather than by secure video teleconference, â€œwhere he will have to explain to the Pentagon and the commander in chief his quotes about his colleagues in the piece.â€
Finally an ass to kick!
Geez… the only guy who hasn’t been yachting or golfing or singing Hey, Jude in the last couple of months is all of a sudden the focus of controversy? Though nobody at the White House would ever admit it, I’m guessing this is a welcome distraction.
So, what did McChrystal say to the Rolling Stone writer? Among the alleged statements:
McChrystal described his first meeting with Obama as disappointing and said that Obama was unprepared for the meeting.
National Security Advisor Jim Jones is described by a McChrystal aide as a â€œclownâ€ stuck in 1985.
Others aides joked about Bidenâ€™s last name as sounding like â€œBite meâ€ since Biden opposed the surge.
McChrystal’s disenchantment with Obama was clear quite a while ago, after the General said he’d only spoken to Obama once briefly in 70 days since taking over command in Afghanistan (maybe the prez mistook him for the BP CEO).
And the coup de grÃ¢ce:
The article claims McChrystal has seized control of the war “by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House.”
Talking heads on the left, among others, are saying that McChrystal should be canned for insubordination. Maybe so, but if Bush was still in the Oval Office, those same people would at this very moment be organizing a ticker-tape parade in McChrystal’s honor.
McChrystal’s mistake was that he talked to somebody from Rolling Stone. If he wanted to say his piece without the chance that anybody at the White House would ever read it, he should have written it down on the Constitution.