McChrystal approved Rolling Stone article prior to publication
Here is an unbelievable piece of information, supplied by Georgie Anne Geyer in her syndicated column:
It is certainly not unusual for troops, or even officers, in an unpopular war to complain and gripe about officials back in Washington (and just about everything else). In Vietnam as a correspondent, I had two-star generals who would take me aside and tell me that everything we were doing was crazy and that we were losing. But the rules were off-the-record and I didn’t quote them.How is it conceivable that McChrystal could have read and approved Michael Hastings’s article in advance? After all, as soon as it was published, McChrystal alerted the administration about the article and let them know it was bad news. If what Geyer says is true, it underscores what I said the other day, that the most plausible explanation for McChrystal’s behavior—and now I’m tempted to say the only plausible explanation—is that he wanted to be fired.
Mark Jaws writes:
If there is anything I know really well, it is the personal politics of active duty military personnel. As many readers of VFR can guess, I am a politicial animal who frequently wore my politics on my sleeves even during my active duty time in the Army. I spent four years at Fort Bragg during the height of the Reagan Era, and being in charge of Western Hemisphere Intelligence Production for the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps I briefed all sorts of commanding officers, to include the Rangers and Special Forces. During that time I rarely met a white male officer who was a professed liberal, but as soon as I retired in the 1990s, I suddenly starting coming across senior officers who in the age of Clinton had identified themselves as liberal Democrats. Some of this I atribute to simple political expediency, as higher ranking officers are political animals who frequently go along to get along to get ahead.James P. writes:
I second what Mark Jaws says. I have met a great many colonels and generals who have utterly incoherent political views, and in many cases simply appear to repeat mindlessly what they think will ensure (or at least, will not endanger) further promotion, e.g., that women in combat and gays in the military are not a problem. A few years ago I shared a car with an Air Force colonel who expounded at length on the theme that Hispanic immigrants of today are “just like the Irish.” When I pointed out a few of the flaws in this idiotic claim, he could do no better than parrot the usual open borders dogma.
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