GEN. McCHRYSTAL RESIGNATION LETTER READY
BUT CAN OBAMA AFFORD TO FIRE HIM? - JUST ONE
YEAR AGO, HE DUMPED GEN. McKIERNAN AS TOP
COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN - IF PRESIDENT GETS
RID OF THIS GENERAL, IMAGE WILL SUFFER - WILL
GEN. RODRIGUEZ OR ALLEN GET THE JOB? - MATTIS
MENTIONED, BUT HARD FEELINGS LINGER FROM
HADITHA TRIALS - McCHRYSTAL REALLY STUPID
AND NAIVE TO TALK TO ROLLING STONE REPORTER
UNLESS THERE A "METHOD" TO THIS "MADNESS"
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While a certain amount of groveling will take place when Gen. Stanley McChrystal is summoned into Barack Hussein Obama's presence Wednesday, the President is "angry" and must exert his authority, there's one important card the controversial flag officer can play.
Obama doesn't want to be perceived as weak and indecisive on prosecuting war policy in Afghanistan. When he was a candidate, it was easy to win votes with vows to "get out" of Iraq and Afghanistan. All he had to do was call it "Bush's war" and throw rocks from the sidelines. But now it's clearly HIS mess to handle. Since the "commander-in-chief" has already fired one general, David McKiernan, a little over a year ago, it wouldn't look good to axe another one so soon over some poor judgment and disrespectful statements in a left-wing magazine.
A close read of "The Runaway General" in the current issue of ROLLING STONE (Lady Ga-Ga is on the cover, "sans" pants) shows McChrystal, while incredibly stupid to trust or even speak to any reporter for such a publication, never once disagreed with Administration policy. Actually, all he and his "frat boy" staff officers did was make crude (although accurate in most cases) observations about certain national security "team" members.
Certainly, retired Gen. Jim Jones, Security Advisor Richard Holbrooke, and another retired general officer, current Ambassador Karl Eikenberry are not in a forgiving mood towards McChrystal. But Obama is the boss and politics comes first. If he says McChrystal stays, that's the way it's gonna be.
However, if he does choose to accept the general's letter of resignation, look for either Gen. David Rodriguez or John Allen to get the nod. Mattis of the Marines is a long-shot. Hard feelings linger from the general's conduct during the Haditha trials.
PRESSURE FROM CONGRESS TO FIRE THE GENERAL
Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota said McChrystal's remarks were "unbelievably inappropriate and just can't be allowed to stand." Longtime Congressman David Obey from Wisconsin didn't mince words when he flat out called for the general to be "fired."
While saying they have "the highest respect" for Gen. McChrystal's service to the nation, three U.S. senators, John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, issued a joint statement calling the disrespectful words "inconsistent with the traditional relationship between commander-in-chief and the military." They said "the decision concerning Gen. McChrystal's future is a decision to be made by the president of the United States.
Political translation: "You're on your own."
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