Day By Day by Chris MuirSpeaking about dress and appropriateness – what about General McChrystal meeting with President Obama today? Will he have a photo op in his dress uniform after he is fired?
Personnel issues are always difficult and how do you dismiss someone who is running your frakking war in Afghanistan. I think there is more to it than changing the locks on the headquarters door.
The Obama Administration perception of being a bunch of clowns in the White House may well be sustained if this Hope and Change moment goes very badly.
Read the entire piece either at Rolling Stone or at the more reader friendly version at Politico.
President Obama will meet with General Stanley McChrystal tomorrow and he will resign. But, the political damage to the Obama Administration has been major. The Afghanistan War is now squarely on Obama’s shoulders and his policies conducted by a cast of clowns in the White House are failing.
And, who will benefit politically?
Republican Presidential candidates who have executive experience – most notably Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney. Obama is now seen as weak in domestic as well as foreign policy with numerous blunders because of his lack of experience.
Also, watch for a resurgence of noise from the Clinton Cabal to undermine Obama. Hell, it is possible that Obama could lose the Democrat nomination to Hillary if he loses the Afghanistan war.
This story may, indeed, topple “The One.”
Day By Day by Chris MuirNo doubt, Chris, the female version of the shirt is sweeter.
But, now, look who is getting the short of it with his critical remarks regarding the Afghanistan War and the Obama Administration: General Stanley McChrystal.
The top U.S. general in Afghanistan was summoned to Washington for a White House meeting after apologizing Tuesday for flippant and dismissive remarks about top Obama administration officials involved in Afghanistan policy.
The remarks in an article in this week’s in Rolling Stone magazine are 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 Obama appointed last year in an effort to turn around a worsening conflict.
McChrystal and some of his senior advisors are quoted criticizing top administration officials, at times in starkly derisive terms. An anonymous McChrystal aide is quoted calling national security adviser James Jones a “clown,” who remains “stuck in 1985.”
Referring to Richard Holbrooke, Obama’s senior envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, one McChrystal aide is quoted 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, saying, “Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke. I don’t even want to read it.”
U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, a retired three-star general, isn’t spared. 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.'”
McChrystal will be fired by noon today and Obama will continue to lose in Afghanistan with a failed policy.
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