Of the many questions surrounding the sudden career implosion of General Stanley McChrystal, the one to which no one has yet been able to offer a satisfactory answer is, Why?
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General McChrystal was ultimately done in by his lack of discretion, but the war effort in Afghanistan will eventually be a failure because of the over-reliance and misapplication of COIN.
The Rolling Stone correspondent was stuck in Paris. Embedded there, he hung around with talkative drinkers. They revealed stuff while forgetting it was being told to a reporter.
Can war survive the combination of daily behind-the-scenes exposures of the human flaws of decision makers, along with intimate portrayals of the travails of war?
McChrystal had a choice: Go down with the ship, being remembered forever as the General who "lost" Afghanistan; or be fired, with plenty of time to rewrite the narrative of why he really left.
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The administration hopes to dodge questions about the war supplemental urgently being asked by Democratic leaders in the House by claiming that more funds are an exigent, "emergency" need. They're not.
Much has been written about President Obama's decisive firing of General McChrystal from his command in Afghanistan. Yet it should have come to no one's surprise given an event now near forgotten over a year ago.
Journalism is an act of seduction. Many times I've done the seducing, in writing big stories and small; I've also been the seduced, slammed with the gut-wrenching morning-after upon reading stories written about me.
There is no magic answer to Afghanistan. A good place to start would be to tell our leaders that projecting American power does not serve us, no matter how much oil, gas or minerals there may be.
To heck with the war. It's becoming a story about egos. Or more precisely, as one commentator put it recently, "By focusing on McChrystal's supposed ...
As Obama works to bring his team together, he'll need to consider how to bridge the divide between his preferred style of leadership and people not so different from General McChrystal.
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I told Walter Cronkite the Vietnam war would never end until we were gone and the two sides, north and south, decided the outcome between themselves. I was proved right then, and I believe it would be true today in Afghanistan.