It is becoming patently obvious that the military is growing weary of dealing with the bumbling clowns in the Obama administration, witnessed by the fact that General McChrystal has joined the list of senior military persons to openly criticize Obama and his band of misfits.
The friction between the military leadership and the Obama administration began almost immediately after the president took office and has grown as the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated.
Political leaders have intimated for months that the Pentagon has engaged in leaks and backroom insubordination. Military leaders have charged that the Obama administration is committed to getting out of Afghanistan, not winning.
Where the military has called for leaving behind a stable Afghanistan, civilian leaders have said they want only to “disrupt, defeat and dismantle” al Qaida.
General McChrystal has a history of making candid statements that has drawn the ire of the administration. Most notably, during a speech in London last fall, McChrystal, 55, publicly refused to embrace calls by Biden to scale down U.S. goals from creating a stable state and eliminating the Taliban threat to only defeating al Qaida.
He called Biden's approach "shortsighted"; Obama brought him onto Air Force I and chastised him for the comments afterward.
It’s clear Biden rates lower than whale dung on any list McChrystal or his aides may have him on. During the Afghan war strategy review, Vice President Biden was on the other side of the fence from McChrystal, advocating a stripped-down counterterrorism approach while McChrystal pushed for boots on the ground.
The lingering friction was apparent in the Rolling Stone article. It depicted McChrystal and his aides imagining how the General would answer press questions about Biden's involvement.
"Are you asking about Vice President Biden? Who's that?" McChrystal said, laughing.
An adviser chimed in: "Biden? Did you say: Bite Me?"
If anyone doubts that the military has severe reservations about dealing with an administration who has no practical experience in making executive decisions, who can’t even deal effectively with a civilian crisis, like the oil spill, let alone a crisis dealing with waging war where American lives are at stake, then this latest scenario with McChrystal should serve as a awake up call.
This is what you get when you elect a band of “community organizers” fresh from the cesspool of the Chicago political machine, who have no experience in the capacity of a chief executive and who have little idea how to effectively govern a nation.
What Obama should do is reprimand General McChrystal - because he is the Commander in Chief, and McChrystal was insubordinate - but he should send him back to Afghanistan with orders to win the war. However, I doubt seriously that Obama will do this for two reasons. One, he responds almost petulantly to any criticism and I just don’t see him letting McChrystal off the hook, and two, I don’t believe Obama really wants to win the war in Afghanistan but simply wants to pull out on his already stipulated timetable.
The bottom line however is that Afghan officials said Wednesday that firing Gen. Stanley McChrystal would disrupt progress in the war and could jeopardize a pivotal security operation under way in Taliban strongholds in the south. The flap over McChrystal comes as NATO and Afghan forces are ramping up security in and around the key southern city of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban.
If Obama makes the mistake of replacing McChrystal at this important juncture, the major offensive that McChrystal himself planned will be in serious jeopardy and, in fact, could ultimately mean a loss in the war in Afghanistan. And all because of an article in Rolling Stone magazine… just another debacle that is Obama’s presidency.