McChrystal sacked

June 24th, 2010 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Reuters reports:

US President has fired top commander General Stanley McChrystal over inflammatory comments that angered the White House and threatened to undermine the war effort.

Obama relieved General McChrystal of his command after a private, 30-minute meeting at the White House and named General David Petraeus, commander of the US Central Command, to replace him, a senior administration official said.

That’s a smart decision, Petraeus is well regarded. Ironically it is technically a demotion for Petraeus, but I suspect he won’t mind being closer to the action.

Republicans love Petraeus. If things do not progress well in Afghanistan, any other appointment could have seen greater attacks on Obama’s strategy.

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31 Responses to “McChrystal sacked”

  1. big bruv (13,561 comments) says:

    Fancy that, sacked for telling the truth.

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  2. Pete George (23,345 comments) says:

    Technically, McChrystal’s resignation was accepted.

    “Today I accepted General Stanley McChrystal’s resignation as commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan,” Obama said in an appearance in the White House Rose Garden. “I did so with considerable regret but also with certainty that it is the right thing for our mission in Afghanistan, for our military and for our country.”

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  3. berend (1,676 comments) says:

    I thought the Left was so keen in whistleblowers in the army?

    But let us not forget that McChrystal was Obama’s handpicked choice. This was entirely a disaster of his own making.

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  4. Neil (572 comments) says:

    McChrystall had to be fired. You cannot have a commentary by one of the commanders pouring criticism of the commander in chief. Petraeus is a good selection. BUT
    This is another example of the imploding Obama administration. People in the US are talking about the Obama administration being similar to the Carter administration.Obama doesn’t really seem to be aligned to US public opinion
    Obama was often attacked during the 08 campaign for his lack of leadership experience – he’d reached the vaunted heights of a minor cog in that city of great virtue, Chicago. A mate of Tony Rezko, now doing time in jail.
    US is in consent turmoil caused by overspending and indecisive action by a very inexperienced administration.
    Obama is going back on his promise to no new taxes on the middle class.You look at his action on the gulf,his bullying wild languagte.The Health bill is falling apart. Appointments to the supreme court. Obama has seen the good relationship with England disappear with his ignorance.Even Democrats are worried !!!!!
    At this time of the first years of a presidency, Obama is going to get a hammering in the mid-terms, then the fat will be fried when Obama attempts to move right. See the left in the USA really going crook. Obama is a disaster.

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  5. LC (162 comments) says:

    Didn’t Obama get elected because he was going to pull out of Afghan??

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  6. KiwiGreg (3,224 comments) says:

    Hopefully a one-term President but he will still have done so much damage to the US.

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  7. Pete George (23,345 comments) says:

    Didn’t Obama get elected because he was going to pull out of Afghan??

    Catch 22.

    If they remain in Afghanistan it looks like they’re not winning, if they pull out it will be claimed.

    No different for Obama than for the dude who started the war.

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  8. tom hunter (4,568 comments) says:

    Petraeus?

    The same Petraeus who proposed the “surge” strategy in Iraq and was backed to implement it by the arch moron G.W.Bush? The strategy that Obama spent two years denigrating – and whose success is now grudgingly acknowledged only in not being mentioned by Biden, Obama, Hillary, et al!

    I’m guessing that we won’t be seeing any full-page advertisements in the NYT about “General Betray Us”, and that Hillary Clinton will not, as Secretary of State, endulge in a public display of suffering a “suspension of disbelief” when next talking of General Petraeus.

    The irony here is tasty and rich – heart-attack-on-plate rich.

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  9. dime (9,668 comments) says:

    LC – obamas position was always to win the war in afghanistan but get out of iraq.

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  10. tom hunter (4,568 comments) says:

    Anyway, now that we’re past this and with Krudd about to vanish, perhaps attention can turn to two other pieces of interesting news out of Te USA:

    – Budget Director Peter Orszag is getting out
    – The Democrats have announced that, with a substantial majority in the Senate and in the House, they won’t be passing a Budget this year.

    I quoted Instapundit the other day and it’s probably time for another that he’s used several times in relation to the Obama Administration:

    At this stage a re-run of the Carter Administration is a best case scenario

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  11. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    No loss.

    McChrystal voted for Obama.

    He dug his own grave.

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  12. Simon (717 comments) says:

    Apparently the Retarded One was furious just furious with the comments made in the RS article. Nothing in the article was incorrect though….

    The US economy going down the pan, despite pissing away $1.5 trillion pa for two years running, but what sets Zero off is someone with expert knowledge and insight speaking the truth about Zero and his lame admin.

    Replace the military commander (or his chain of command did) because he speaks out and breaks the rules but the same vegetables are still in the civilian admin.

    What Zero needs to do is appoint a real Obama Democrat as General. How about Harry Reid or some other suck up could be Zero’s military Czar? What about Zero’s job Czar he must be a real winner.

    Get rid of those army types get a good solid hack democrat on board.

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  13. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    The Kenyan is a socialist fifth-columnist with no executive experience, whose performance as President of the United States has been dismal, as expected from a community organiser from corrupt Chicago.

    The November mid-term elections will be a referendum on the Messiah, who could become a lame duck for the remaining two years of his term.

    A second Jimmy Carter in the making.

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  14. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    Huge case scenario here.

    A neo con now running the Afghanistan war effort

    Same neo con a Republican favourite for presidential candidacy next election.

    He’ll beat the drums of war and keep the US in the middle East perpetually.

    You can bet the Repubs will win the next election and probably with Petreaus.

    What a lot of people are unaware of is why the US is strongly committed to the M E.

    Israel has found oil and gas. And bulk amounts.

    http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Resource-Wars/2010/06/16/Israel-drills-successful-oil-well/UPI-28831276721082/

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  15. Rod (236 comments) says:

    You could also say its an attempt to destroy Petraeus as a potential 2012 candidate – but he is very smart and might just pull it off. If he does, in time for 2012, he would be unstoppable. Think Eisenhower.

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  16. tom hunter (4,568 comments) says:

    I don’t think Obama is as smart a pol as Clinton, so if the GOP does take the Senate and House this fall we may not see any triangulation.

    However, the situation may actually suit Obama’s stock-in-trade that has served him so well in his career:
    – Organising the fight against “The Man”, especially racists.
    – No longer having to actually produce any ideas about transforming the country, just stand in righteous indignation against whatever the GOP proposes.
    – Vetos are fun, quick, photo-ops.
    – Plenty of opportunity for speeches about “unity of purpose”, the need for civility, bipartisanship,…..

    Of course this whole screw-up is a reminder that Obama will still be totally on the hook for foreign policy. We will see how it goes, but if there are no FP disasters Obama could do well playing off GOP leadership in the House and Senate to get himself a 2nd term.

    Only problem then would be deciding how much golf he should play until January 2017, a historic presidency already having been established. ;)

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  17. Murray (8,842 comments) says:

    Thou shalt not question The One.

    Even though the useless lying prick would get confused by the military concepts in a commando comic. He made primisies to McChrystal then crapped on him. McChrystal is guilty of pointing this out.

    And special note for the other student of commando comics Tom. The surge worked you arch moron. Get a map.

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  18. tom hunter (4,568 comments) says:

    And special note for the other student of commando comics Tom. The surge worked you arch moron. Get a map.

    Sigh. I suppose this is simply another lesson that sarcasm does not work on the Internet!

    Still, when someone labeled you “Grumpy” on Kiwiblog they were right.

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  19. Brian Smaller (4,028 comments) says:

    Interesting to see that Moveon scrubbed their General Betray Us ads from their website today now that Petraeus is in the Messiah’s good books.

    I can see it now. “We have always supported Gen Petraeus”.

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  20. tom hunter (4,568 comments) says:

    Moveon scrubbed their General Betray Us ads from their website today now that Petraeus is in the Messiah’s good books.

    I can see it now. “We have always supported Gen Petraeus”.

    Yes – I noticed that too. Did you say Yezhov? It’s amazing to me that they still think think they can pull off this shit in the age of the WayBackMachine and Google Cache. I loved one comment I spotted:

    The American Left: Shamelessly Following Orders Ever Since Stalin Told Us to Endorse Hitler’s Invasion of Poland.

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  21. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    No surprises there… but I think there will be a lot more whistle blowing opinions of support for the Generals opinions from the troops on the ground themselves now… which could bring down the Obama administrations credibility even more.

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  22. GPT1 (2,106 comments) says:

    So Obama has now sacked two Generals heading a war. Truman was one. Can anyone remember the last president to sack two Generals heading up a war? Did Lincoln manage that?

    Petraeus is a legend however. If Rumsfield et al had listen to him in the first place Iraq would have been a damn site less untidy.

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  23. nadir (100 comments) says:

    This episode shows the strength of the US system – the one thing the (almost) entire political spectrum agrees on is the the Commander in Chief is the Commander in Chief – whether democrat or republican, respect the position if not the man. The military has no right to publicly question the CinC. There is a chain of command and the ultimate protest is for a general to publicly resign.

    Shades of Mac Arthur and Truman where in military strategy terms MacArthur was probably correct, but to publicly challenge the President? I would guess 99% of Americans would say a military commander is out of line to do that in public.

    Putting Petraeus in charge is smart – it’s his strategy after all, he is clearly the best man for the job, and it helps too that the fringe lunatic democratic elements attacked him in the past.

    Interesting to see reporting of this from Fox as well as left leaning commentators – everyone seems to agree Obama had no choice but to replace McChrystal.

    And quite interesting to read the Rolling Stone article – despite claims that McChrystal is an incredibly popular soldiers soldier, thats not what the anecdotes in the article suggest, at least recently in Afghanistan. Also interesting to see his role in the Pat Tillman cover up.

    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0804Tillman-Split0804.html

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  24. noskire (835 comments) says:

    It’s a shame Tony Zinni was retired.

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  25. RRM (9,667 comments) says:

    This is what the screaming slathering brigade (redbaiter et al) can’t fathom – when Obama talks about bipartizan solutions, he appears to really really mean it…

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  26. Hurf Durf (2,860 comments) says:

    Like I said yesterday – Barky is a bedwetting coward. He can dish it out, like he has done to Tony Hayward for the last month, yet when someone does the same to him (or, more accurately, fuckwitted senior members of his Admin like BiteMe Biden and Holbrooke) he spits his dummy out and demands face-to-face meetings. He can’t take it.

    How the fuck an egotistical, arrogant, unprepared, petulant child like Barack Hussein Obama managed to become President is a topic that will be wrestled with by historians for decades to come.

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  27. tom hunter (4,568 comments) says:

    This is what the screaming slathering brigade (redbaiter et al) can’t fathom – when Obama talks about bipartizan solutions, he appears to really really mean it…

    Oh please. Looking around the right-wing blogs I’ve seen an overwhelming consensus saying that Obama had to fire the guy. These are people who largely despise Obama but back him for several reasons: the whole civilian-control-of-the-military thing; chain of command; as well the supporting the firing in order to try and re-build a unified image presented to the Taliban and others – something absolutely essential to morale and most importantly of all, desiring success even if the credit gets taken by Obama.

    Now that’s bipartisanship.

    By contrast, let’s take a look at what the POSIC was saying in a similar situation three years ago. It’s 9 minutes long but worth watching on several levels of analysis, not just because Barry hammers away at the ‘failed strategy’ for so long that he runs out of time to actually ask questions.

    Bipartisanship – what’s demanded when there’s a Democrat in the White House.

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  28. Haiku Dave (273 comments) says:

    it will make fuck all
    diff’rence changing the driver,
    with wheels coming off

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  29. Haiku Dave (273 comments) says:

    if bush had known this
    war would turn to shit he would
    not have started it

    (maybe)

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  30. Hurf Durf (2,860 comments) says:

    As sharp a wit as always, Dave.

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  31. Haiku Dave (273 comments) says:

    cheers hurf durf, and i
    loved your one about gillard:
    “rudd with tits” – that’s gold!

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