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Psephos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-05-09 01:09 PM
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15. Well said.
Edited on Mon Oct-05-09 01:17 PM by Psephos
Obama should listen to the real generals and ignore the armchair generals. (Sounds familiar, doesn't it?)

He may decide against McChrystal's advice, but it's paramount that it be a decision informed by professional military judgment and not political pressure from military dilettantes and ideologues.

Many seem to have forgotten that McChrystal was chosen by Obama, and his ascension to command accelerated, less than six months ago. Obama himself unambiguously declared Afghanistan a "war of necessity" seven weeks ago in his address to veterans. The vilification of McChrystal for speaking the truth is also a vilification of Obama's judgment in choosing McChrystal. Vilification is a razor sharp two-edged sword. We should leave it in its scabbard, and speak to the arguments, not the man.

It takes courage to do what's right when the choices are hard. What's right in this case is to either close up operations, and leave Afghanistan to Taliban control, or devise a strategy and commit the resources necessary to secure victory. What's wrong is to use halfway measures and finger-in-the-air decision-making. Such an approach inevitably leads to loss.
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  -McChrystal Faulted On Troop Statements - Public Campaign Hurts Review, Aide Says Pirate Smile  Oct-04-09 09:46 PM   #0 
  - Maybe going to the Olympics was a cover for chewing McChrystal out?  applegrove   Oct-04-09 09:50 PM   #1 
  - Here's the only option that makes sense.....  DeSwiss   Oct-04-09 10:04 PM   #2 
  - There is no "win" there other than getting the fuck out ASAP.  countmyvote4real   Oct-04-09 11:22 PM   #3 
  - This is a serious breach of protocol  fujiyama   Oct-04-09 11:31 PM   #4 
  - I think he's right. Either pour in the men and equipment necessary to do the job  Old Hob   Oct-04-09 11:43 PM   #5 
  - The issue isn't sugar coating the facts and options. The problem is leaking things and publicly  Pirate Smile   Oct-04-09 11:48 PM   #6 
  - well, if shit goes south, we'll all know who was right and who was wrong I guess, won't we?  Old Hob   Oct-04-09 11:53 PM   #7 
  - Either pour in the men ?  saigon68   Oct-05-09 07:07 AM   #12 
  - From your moniker there, I'm guessing that you've been a part of military half measures too  Old Hob   Oct-05-09 01:38 PM   #16 
  - Well said.  Psephos   Oct-05-09 01:09 PM   #15 
     - Thanks.  Old Hob   Oct-05-09 01:42 PM   #17 
  - What the hell is McChrystal doing commanding men  pundaint   Oct-05-09 12:02 AM   #8 
  - Insubordination. And sleazy to boot (see Tillman affair). He needs to go. -eom  Justitia   Oct-05-09 12:44 AM   #9 
  - Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan  progressiveGI   Oct-05-09 02:03 AM   #10 
  - a lower enlisted soldier would probably go to jail  spaten   Oct-05-09 05:04 AM   #11 
  - McChrystal and the Republicans that are going to HOndurus,  Frances   Oct-05-09 10:28 AM   #14 
  - And he did it overseas.  RUMMYisFROSTED   Oct-05-09 08:21 AM   #13 

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