Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gen. Stanley McChrystal may be fired.

Apparently because he wrote for "Rolling Stone", full transcript here.

Roughly, conservative pundits are itching for Obama to fire McChrystal, hoping for a return to the kicking-ass, burn-the-village aggressive posture that was the signature of the neglected Afghan campaign under the Bush Administration.

But in fact according to "Time" magazine McChrystal actually said earlier to soldiers complaining that unarmed insurgents are assumed to be civilians: "That's the way this game is. It's complex. I can't just decide: It's shirts and skins, and we'll kill all the shirts".

IMO: In actual fact a much stronger policy may be needed, the surge seems to be failing. There may be a better approach than has occurred to me, I suppose I hope so, but they  have not found it yet.

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