RealClearPolitics - McChrystal Reveals White House Divide
EJ Dionne of the Washington Post exposes the left's real motive for canning McChyrstal, he made Obama look silly, indecisive, unsure, tepid, weak, and incompetent. How dare a plebeian such as McChrystal call The One into question! But here's the catch, the President can only blame himself for this. He is the Commander-in-Chief and so far has not lived up to that role. Instead, with the help of his surrogates in the press, Obama is playing the victim...again. The most powerful man in the world made a victim by his subordinate? Truth be told this issue should have been dealt with a long time ago. Why didn't the President know what was going on with arguably most important Command and General in the military? Additionally, Why didn't Petraeus, as CENTOM Commander, McChrystal's boss end this problem? Was no one aware that all was not well in paradise, and if not, why not? The answer: because Obama's eye was not and has not been on the ball and no one has called him on it. In fact, because a Democrat is in the White House, there are few in the press corps willing to hold Obama accountable when problems arise or when American deaths per month sky rocket. Had this been any Republican the press would be screaming to see coffins, the inside of coffins, access to grieving families, etc...etc. As I've said before, Cindy Sheehan was dead on when she accused the anti-war movement of being anti-republican, not anti-war, after it all but dried up after Obama took office. In short, she discovered what we all knew: they were a bunch a leftist hacks who returned their cause celebre to the prop room after the election. But back on point, Obama fired McChrystal because like his predecessor, General David McKiernan, McChrystal informed the President that he was living in a fantasy land concerning the war and that answer just does not fit the rainbows and unicorns strategy.
Sadly what he have here is a situation that benefits only the Taliban. On the eve of battle the surge is stalled thus giving the Taliban more time to re-arm, re-fit, recruit, work with drug dealers, spread propaganda and influence the Karzai regime even further. Additionally, the President now finds himself minus one four star general with counter insurgency experience and plus two confirmation hearings: one for CENTCOM and one for Patraeus as ISAF commander. All this is a monumental waste of time and another example of our clown like behavior for all the world to see. Someone put a tent over DC and call it a circus.