General McChrystal’s Dismissal and a Failing President’s Panic

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So General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of our U.S. troops in Afghanistan, is summoned to the White House to explain comments critical of the Obama administration in Rolling Stone Magazine. The military hit piece insinuates that the General and his inner circle are not all that pleased with Obama and his minions (even though he, the General, allegedly voted for Obama). General McChrystal is summarily dismissed by Commander-in-Chief Obama, a man unworthy even to lick the combat boots of this American hero, who for decades has upheld his Constitutional oath to protect this nation from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

And I say, thank you, General McChrystal. Perhaps by your own design, you find yourself playing a key role in this flagging President’s pathetic effort to suggest he is a leader in a time when his incompetence is being showcased in circus-like clarity to America and the world. Perhaps you and your staff were insubordinate in even considering (for whatever reason) speaking with Rolling Stone, but you are no fool, Sir, and I am confident you knew exactly what you were doing.

For months I have ranted that our military cannot possibly respect this man they are forced to regard as their Commander-in-Chief. Perhaps this recent event, then, is a message, a sign sent to us from our troops, reassuring us that despite their mandated courtesy, the military at large does not in any way respect or trust this radical left-wing administration and the man at their helm.

We have seen glimmers of this, particularly in the less-than-boisterous response our military tends to offer the President when he enters a room. This occurred most recently, when the light applause that greeted Obama for his West Point commencement address forced him to delete a reference to overwhelming cheers from his telepromptered speech. It’s downright laughable to imagine that this anti-war, anti-military “community organizer,” who surrounds himself only with like-minded sixties throwbacks (“wimps,” their critics in Rolling Stone called them) would somehow believe that the greatest military force in the world would follow them blindly in their efforts to bring our great nation to her knees.

Nevertheless, Obama today justified his dismissal of a man so blatantly his superior in a phony, hawkish speech, insisting, without any shred of authenticity, that he values debate among his team and that he reveres the greatness of America and her military. If he says it, he figures once again, we will believe.  And, once again, he is wrong. In fact, early response to his latest phony speech indicates that far too many Americans for Obama’s comfort are once again viewing him, his words and his actions as wrong, ineffectual and dangerous.

 Obama has told us, as well, that General David Petraeus will be taking the reins in Afghanistan. In his phony-hawk speech Obama sang General Petraeus’ praises, apparently hoping we’ll forget those halcyon days when he counted himself among the tyrants in our government who referred to this American hero as General “Betrayus” and treated him with abject disrespect when he testified before Congress about our troops’ success in Iraq. But we won’t forget, Mr. Obama. Ever. And you can bet that despite whatever you discussed today, General Petraeus hasn’t forgotten either.

The bottom line here is that this is simply another wrench thrown into Obama’s ongoing troubles that seem to be spiraling out of control by the day. And, as with all the pathetic, face-saving, panic-driven decisions he makes, he will soon be reminded yet again that there are consequences to his unique blend of thuggery and ineptitude.

Though Barack Obama attempted to appear strong and decisive to the masses today (his expression revealing another truth), his decision unleashed a man of true leadership and heroism who can squish him like a bug, both literally and with his now-liberated freedom of speech. The General has street cred among us “regular Americans” that the current occupant of the White House will never have. Despite General McChrystal’s alleged vote for Obama – which, frankly, I find the most shocking element of this entire story – I have a feeling the General  will do much in the months ahead to make amends for a vote that helped to sentence our nation to Obama’s twisted dominion.

In the meantime, as we await the fallout of General McChrystal’s dismissal and a failing President’s panic, my prayers remain with our troops in Afghanistan. Once again they find themselves pawns in an insidious game of wonton D.C. decisions that place political aspirations and posturing above their safety, their security, and their dedication to protecting our United States. May God be with them. May God be with us all.


  1. Janice
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Excellent, excellent article. This is an adminstration spiralling downward and the left stream media is going with them.

  2. David R. Graham
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, this is the finest statement I have read on this situation, the most loyal, the most compassionate and the most insightful.

    General MacArthur would be proud of you. I named our second son in the General’s honor. Our other offspring likewise are named for Saints.

    A couple of items:

    1- Iraq-Veteran Company and Field Grade Officers *tend* to sympathize with politically and economically Constitutional agendas.

    2- General Officers with two or more stars pre-Iraq (e.g., Clinton-era promotees) *tend* to sympathize with politically and economically extra-Constitutional agendas.

    3- Stan McChrystal is a Hillary supporter. Furthermore, he came up through, primarily, the staff rather than the line side of spec-ops.

    4- The Officer Corps is aware of the incompatibility between their Oath of Office, with its clear, single point of loyalty and duty, and the being of this CinC.

    5- Sometimes it is necessary to set someone up to commit a violation of right conduct so egregious as to justify transcendent intervention. Stan did that.

    6- Dave Petraeus has been instrumental in bringing up through the ranks Company and Field Grade Officers with line experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. In other words, he has been shaping the Army of the future — in the right direction.

    7- Thank you for the words by General MacArthur at the top left of your homepage. I am grateful for your presence.

  3. LA
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    “General McChrystal is summarily dismissed by Commander-in-Chief Obama, a man unworthy even to lick the combat boots of this American hero…”

    In recognition of your right to free speech and mine, I say to you, dear Betsy, that your utter disrespect, apparently even for the office, renders you unfit to lick the boots of the commander in chief.

  4. David R. Graham
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    MG (R) Curry suspects as I do the real reason for this: Stan ambushed Barry.