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General Stanley McChrystal, who runs things in Afghanistan for the US Military, gave a rather candid and heartfelt interview to Rolling Stone magazine.
“The Runaway General” has a few issues with some of his civilian colleagues…. like the Ambassador Eikenberry.
So far his special assistant Duncan Boothby has submitted his resignation (aka “fired”) and McChrystal has been summoned to a meeting tommorrow at the White House.
And he’s apologized. McChrystal: “It was a mistake reflecting poor judgement and should never have happened.”
President Hamid Karzai is praising him, saying he’s the best general ever, and his spokesperson is saying he hopes he stays.
This week’s development comes as criminal investigators are said to be examining allegations that Afghan security firms have been extorting as much as $4 million a week from contractors paid with U.S. tax dollars and then funneling the spoils to warlords and the Taliban, according to a U.S. military document. The payments are intended to ensure safe passage through dangerous areas they control.
The payments reportedly end up in insurgent hands through a $2.1 billion Pentagon contract to transport food, water, fuel and ammunition to American troops stationed at bases across Afghanistan.
What not to say to a magazine about your President and CIC, even if he is ignoring you for 4 months before:
It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”
McChrystal also disses VP Biden, Richard Holbrooke, and a French minister.
The entire thing is …. well, just don’t sit here, go read it. http://www.rollingstone.com/po…
And yes, they talk about the Pat Tillman cover- up, too. The Iraq detainee torture problem, and the Special Forces.
Even those who support McChrystal and his strategy of counterinsurgency know that whatever the general manages to accomplish in Afghanistan, it’s going to look more like Vietnam than Desert Storm. “It’s not going to look like a win, smell like a win or taste like a win,” says Maj. General Bill Maryville, who serves as chief of operations for McChrystal. “This is going to end in an argument.
Read page 5- after the “kinder, gentler offensive than the disaster in Marja, the big offensive in southern Afghanistan, the Kandahar offensive, will be delayed until the fall. And then….
“If Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less popular,” a senior adviser to McChrystal says. Such realism, however, doesn’t prevent advocates of counterinsurgency from dreaming big: Instead of beginning to withdraw troops next year, as Obama promised, the military hopes to ramp up its counterinsurgency campaign even further. “There’s a possibility we could ask for another surge of U.S. forces next summer if we see success here,” a senior military official in Kabul tells me.
That ought to keep the Kagan family busy.