Re; General McChrystal
Here is the article that could lose the war in Afghanistan.
I have already booked AEI’s Michael Rubin for today’s show and will try and reach others in the Beltway tribe of Afghanistan experts for the program. (Update: I’ll also be joined by Max Boot, Michael O’Hanlon, and Frank Gaffney.)
If the general is sacked because of bruised egos flowing from a magazine article, the complete lack of seriousness of the Obama Administration will be revealed. There is almost no chance that another similarly committed senior commander would be dispatched with an intention of winning the crucial battle with the Taliban and their Islamist extremist allies.
President Obama is already a non-participant in the “losing” of Turkey. as well as with the isolation of Israel The Rolling Stone piece may provide him the excuse to bolt Afghanistan under the cover of a drone-only strategy. This is the moment when Robert Gates can step up and defend victory by defending the general in private even as he scolds him in public. The vice president may make his only lasting contribution to victory in the war if he too steps up and dismisses McChrystal’s remarks as the ordinary stuff of military-civilian relations, which it most certainly is.
Thank you, Michael Hasting, and whichever staffer allowed the snake into the general’s space.
UPDATE: An email from a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan:
We can all agree that McChrystal was imprudent to allow a freelancer (for Rolling Stone!) access to himself and his inner circle. He has admitted as much. But the hysteria is seriously overwrought:
UPDATE 2: Some background on Hastings, who wrote the piece. .