What's worse: backstabbing a president or bombing lots of civilians? The answers pretty obvious to judge by the stink over General Stanley McChrystal.
One of the more striking aspects of the current episode is that no one is vigorously disputing the essence of the assessments advanced by McChrystal and his associates.
While Washington soaks up the outcome of this showdown, the more important story is that even McChrystal, the Afghanistan war's point man and chief proponent, has been harboring doubts about the feasibility of the mission.
A song for today's McChrystal/Obama meeting.
McChrystal may have reached a "success" plateau he couldn't exceed. Maybe deep down he realized that he simply couldn't win the war, so he wanted out.
Expectations for decisive action by this President have steadily eroded. With today's news, Mr. Obama has stopped that slide among many -- and all thanks to a freebie.
What would be nice would be reports of progress with Afghanistan. Perhaps the President needs to continue to send out the clowns. This is not a comedy. It's a tragedy.
The president was wise to act swiftly to replace his theater commander; he should act no less decisively in reviewing the policy. The focus should be on scaling back U.S. military presence in Central Asia.
In the end, the tabloid drama between the White House and McChrystal should give way to some sober assessments about whether this mission is winnable, and whether it is even worth winning.
How deep and widespread is the infection of insubordination demonstrated by General McChrystal? Does it extend to the rest of the high command?
Thank you, Mr. President. And you too, Mr. Bite-me.
The news of the very fresh and famous Rolling Stone interview with McChrystal, is blowing out with such speed that the missing piece -- the actual content of the interview -- is going, like totally, AWOL.
Unfortunately, President Obama missed an opportunity today to not only replace an out-of-control general but an out-of-control and failing strategy in...
General Stanley McChrystal's special ops mentality, which can tolerate loose structure within a fighting "band of brothers," got a big jerk on the chain from the real top dog today.
Resigning was the only choice. I think even General McChrystal knew it.
It is difficult to imagine McCrystal's words don't belong to a jacked up first semester frat boy who has discovered what his new status affords and suffers from the delusion that his 'winning streak' will never end.