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In Rolling Stone feature, McChrystal mocks Biden while aides slam Obama
http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0621/rolling-stone-feature-mcchrystal-mocks-biden-aides-slam-obama/
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, June 21st, 2010 -- 11:07 pm


The US commander in Afghanistan mocks the vice president and denounces a top diplomat in a magazine interview, while his aides speak dismissively of President Barack Obama.

Tensions between General Stanley McChrystal and the White House are on full display in an unflattering profile in Rolling Stone of the commander of US and NATO forces in the Afghan war.

McChrystal jokes sarcastically about preparing to answer a question referring to Vice President Joe Biden, known as a skeptic of the commander's war strategy.

"'Are you asking about Vice President Biden?' McChrystal says with a laugh. 'Who's that?'" the article quotes him as saying.

"'Biden?' suggests a top adviser. 'Did you say: Bite Me?'"

McChrystal tells the magazine that he felt "betrayed" by the US ambassador to Kabul, Karl Eikenberry, in a White House debate over war strategy last year.

Referring to a leaked internal memo from Eikenberry that questioned McChrystal's request for more troops, the commander suggested the ambassador had tried to protect himself for history's sake.

"I like Karl, I've known him for years, but they'd never said anything like that to us before," McChrystal tells the magazine.

"Here's one that covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say, 'I told you so.'"

Eikenberry, himself a former commander in Afghanisan, had written to the White House saying Afghan President Hamid Karzai was an unreliable partner and that a surge of troops could draw the United States into a open-ended quagmire.

The article revisits the friction between the White House and the military last fall as Obama debated whether to grant McChrystal's request for tens of thousands of reinforcements.

Although Obama in the end granted most of what McChrystal asked for, the strategy review was a difficult time, the general tells the magazine.

"I found that time painful," McChrystal says. "I was selling an unsellable position."

An unnamed adviser to McChrystal alleges the general came away unimpressed after a meeting with Obama in the Oval Office a year ago, just after the president named him to take over in Afghanistan.

"It was a 10-minute photo op," the general's adviser says.

"Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was... he didn't seem very engaged.

"The boss was pretty disappointed," says the adviser.

The profile, titled "The Runaway General," portrays his aides as profane and intensely loyal to McChrystal, while arguing the general has seized control over the war on the military and diplomatic fronts.

The four-star general also derides the hard-charging top US envoy to the region, Richard Holbrooke, and complains about a dinner with an unnamed French minister during a visit to Paris.

"Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke," McChrystal says, looking at his messages on a mobile phone. "I don't even want to open it."

In a hotel room in Paris getting ready for a dinner with a French official, McChrystal says: "How'd I get screwed into going to this dinner?"

"The dinner comes with the position, sir," says his aide, Colonel Charlie Flynn.

"Hey, Charlie," McChrystal says, "does this come with the position?"

McChrystal gives him the middle finger.
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Re: Rolling Stone: McChrystal has Evidence of Psychosis
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2010, 11:58:37 PM »
What a shithole.


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Re: Rolling Stone: McChrystal has Evidence of Psychosis
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2010, 11:59:49 PM »
Next Drug Czar...
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Re: Rolling Stone: McChrystal has Evidence of Psychosis
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2010, 12:06:19 AM »
McChrystal: Kandahar operation will take longer
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=174425.0

'Nobody is winning,' admits McChrystal
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=171292.0

Gen. McChrystal Questioned About Secret Assassination Teams
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=171047.0

*Obama fired from command in Afghanistan, McChrystal now Supreme NATO commander
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=163677.0

Gates Replaces Gen. In Afghanistan With Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Special Ops
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=106716.0

Modern Warfare 2 Exposes McChrystal/Petraeus esque Generals
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=158221.0

Psychopath General Stanley McChrystal: Sharia Law is A-OK!
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=164413.0

Stanley McChrystal Mistakenly Reveals Secret CIA Report, red team
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=140755.0

McChrystal's Rise: More Secrets, Less Daylight
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=108143.0

McChrystal: 500,000 troops needed in Afghanistan >>500,000 TROOPS !!<<
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=137198.0
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Re: Rolling Stone: McChrystal has Evidence of Psychosis
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2010, 12:07:09 AM »
Next Drug Czar...



Soon to be awarded the following...


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Re: Rolling Stone: McChrystal has Evidence of Psychosis
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2010, 03:24:36 AM »


Stanley McChrystal Mistakenly Reveals Secret CIA Report, red team
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=140755.0



In his widely reported London speech earlier this month, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, described how people constantly offer him ideas for fixing that country's problems. One of the more unusual recommendations, he suggested, came from a paper that advocated using a "plan called 'Chaosistan.' " McChrystal said it advised letting Afghanistan become a "Somalia-like haven of chaos that we simply manage from outside," but there was no further explanation of its origins.

When journalists from NEWSWEEK and other media outlets asked McChrystal's entourage about where the paper came from, they were directed to an obscure Web posting—an October 1998 speech headlined "What is Chaostan [sic]?" delivered by investment adviser Richard Maybury at a New Orleans conference for gold enthusiasts. Maybury predicted that 24 wars in "Chaostan"—a vast region stretching from Poland to North Africa to China, Vietnam, and Indonesia—would eventually merge into World War III. From an investor's point of view, Maybury wrote, this will be "great for weapons stocks and security--equipment stocks…and non-Chaostan oil investments." Was this really what McChrystal was referring to?

It seems unlikely. Two U.S. intelligence officials, who asked for anonymity when discussing a sensitive matter, say that the reference almost certainly comes from a recently published, and secret, CIA analysis titled "Chaosistan" (not "Chaostan"). Prepared by a "red team" of CIA analysts, the document, says one official, picks apart conventional analyses of the war and explains how forces inside Afghanistan—from hostile ethnic groups to intrusive neighbors to societal damage caused by past Taliban rule—work against the notions of a central Afghan government. The paper is not quite the policy proposal McChrystal implied it was, say the officials, since intelligence analysts don't generally recommend policy options.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/217108

Oh hey it was an actual classified CIA document...  :o


He is following chaos theory, look at the maps, look at this shit!

http://www.richardmaybury.com/

http://www.chaostan.com/war_portfolio-expanded.html

this is insanity!


ORDER OUT OF CHAOS!

THEY HAVE PLANNED THE CHAOS FOR DECADES IN THE MIDDLE EAST!!
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OK, the MSM is going full tilt on the Rolling Stones article.

That means the article was a plant.

But for what?

Now McChrystal is a complete wild man who obstructed justice with Tillman (at least).

But he  is butting heads with Holbrook and Jones (takes orders from Kissinger)

Bilderberg wants their Iran war. Could McChrystal (although a psycho) be saying "not on my watch"

Anyone got info on McChrystal's feelings about Iran?
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First resignation - a UK diplomat who pushed for less military and more politics...



British diplomat quits Afghanistan post
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/high-ranking-officials-seek-support-for-military-operation-against-taliban--96810664.html
By Karen DeYoung
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Britain's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who has criticized elements of the U.S. war strategy, has resigned and the new government of Prime Minister David Cameron is reviewing whether to fill the job, British officials said Monday.

Sherard Cowper-Coles, the British counterpart of Obama administration special representative Richard C. Holbrooke, had held the position since early 2009, after serving nearly two years as ambassador to Afghanistan.

He had pushed for a political solution in Afghanistan and for higher priority to be given to talks with the Taliban and other insurgent groups, while expressing skepticism that increased military force could prevail.

Cowper-Coles drew attention in 2008 when he was quoted in a leaked French diplomatic cable as criticizing Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Bush administration and advising his government to tell the United States that "we want to be part of a winning strategy, not a losing one."

At an international conference on Afghanistan held in London in January, Britain pressed Karzai to speed up efforts to hold reconciliation talks with the insurgents, a direction the Obama administration has grown more comfortable with even as it has expanded the U.S. military force on the ground.

Since then, Britain's leadership has changed with the rise of a coalition government led by Cameron's Conservative Party, although no change in policy has been announced. A follow-up Afghanistan conference is scheduled to be held next month in Kabul. Britain has the second-largest foreign force in Afghanistan, with about 9,000 troops.

British officials denied reports that Cowper-Coles had been asked to step down, and one official suggested that he was simply tired of the region after three years and would be given another diplomatic assignment. The position of special representative was said to be under review, with another diplomat appointed to hold it in an acting capacity.

Meanwhile, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, is quoted in an upcoming profile in Rolling Stone magazine as saying that Karl W. Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador to Kabul, had "betrayed" him by sending a diplomatic cable to Washington last fall dismissing Karzai as "not an adequate strategic partner." The cable came as McChrystal was recommending that President Obama increase U.S. forces and ties with the Afghan government.

McChrystal reportedly said in recent interviews with Rolling Stone that Eikenberry was "cover[ing] his flank for the history books" so he could say, "I told you so," if the strategy failed.

In the article, to appear on newsstands Friday, McChrystal and his staff also reportedly express disdain for Holbrooke. The article describes the general looking at his BlackBerry and groaning, "Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke," before putting the phone away without reading it.
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McChrystal has been "summoned" to DC...20 minutes ago



Afghan commander McChrystal summoned to Washington to explain comments
http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/world/article/559168--afghan-commander-mcchrystal-summoned-to-washington-to-explain-comments
June 22, 2010 7:22 a.m.
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Looks like McChrystal has been f-ing things up for so long, maybe this is just an excuse to talk about "new strategy"



Transcript: Secretary Robert Gates on 'FNS'
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,594963,00.html
Monday , June 21, 2010


The following is a rush transcript of the June 20, 2010, edition of "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace." This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

CHRIS WALLACE, ANCHOR: But first, amid recent reports of tough going in Afghanistan, the top man of the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Mr. Secretary, welcome back to "Fox News Sunday."

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT GATES: Thank you.

WALLACE: You said this week that the narrative in this town about the war in Afghanistan has become too negative. So let's discuss some of the issues that have people worried.

The U.S. commander, General Stanley McChrystal, says that the first operation in Marjah has become a, quote, "bleeding ulcer," and the major offensive in Kandahar has now been delayed, in both cases, largely because the Afghans have been too slow in providing civilian support. Isn't that a concern?

GATES: Sure, it's a concern. But I think that the narrative is perhaps overly negative in part because it's incomplete.

I was just at the NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels. General McChrystal briefed in detail on the Marjah operation as well as on Kandahar. And the bottom line was progress is being made. It's somewhat slower than anticipated.

The Kandahar operation has actually been under way for a number of weeks, and so what is taking more time is the shaping of the environment before we actually engage with troops and so on. So I think that, you know, it is a — it is a tough pull, and we are suffering significant casualties. We expected that.

We warned everybody that would be the case last winter, that as we went into areas that the Taliban had controlled for two or three years that our casualties would grow, especially this summer.

But I think General McChrystal's message to the defense ministers was he is confident he will be able to demonstrate by December that we not only have the right strategy but that we are making progress.

WALLACE: The key to begin pulling U.S. troops out by next July is to begin to be able to turn operations over to the Afghan army. But here's what Time magazine says about the army, and let's put it up on the screen: "Nine out of 10 Afghan recruits can't read a rifle manual. Commanders routinely steal enlisted men's salaries. Recruits tend to go AWOL after their first leave."

Question: Do you really believe that the Afghan army will be ready to start taking over next July?

GATES: I think that they will be ready to assume primary responsibility for security in certain areas of Afghanistan, certainly by a year from this coming July. We're still looking at 13 months from now.

The reality is the Afghan national army is meeting expectations and above that in terms of recruiting to the larger numbers and toward the goal of 134,000 by this — by this fall. Their attrition and retention rates are both above expectations and above the...

WALLACE: But are those reports about...

GATES: ... above the goals.

WALLACE: ... about recruits going AWOL, about commanders stealing enlistees' salaries — is that true?

GATES: There are — there are some, and there are instances of that, but there are also significant instances where we are — and a large number of examples where we are partnering with the Afghan army and where those operations are working, and that was what General McChrystal was briefing to the defense ministers.

The percentage of those partnered relationships, of those partnered operations, has gone from somewhere around 40 percent six or eight months ago to about 75 or 80 percent now.

WALLACE: You keep saying that the July 2011 date to begin pulling troops out is a starting point, and that the pace of withdrawals will be based on conditions on the ground.

But let's take a look at what Vice President Biden said recently. "In July of 2011," Biden said, "you're going to see a whole lot of people moving out. Bet on it." Who's speaking for the administration, you or the vice president?

GATES: Well, first of all, that's in a book. I don't recall ever hearing the vice president say that. And whether he said it or not, we clearly understand that in July of 2011 we begin to draw down our forces.

The pace in — with which we draw down and how many we draw down is going to be conditions-based. And there is general agreement that those conditions will be determined by General McChrystal, the NATO senior civilian representative, Ambassador Sedwill, and the Afghan government together in terms of making their recommendations.

WALLACE: So if Vice President Biden is telling the reporter — and there's been no statement by the White House that he didn't say it — there are going to be a whole lot of people moving out next July, you're saying that's not been decided?

GATES: That absolutely has not been decided.

WALLACE: Your feeling is that it all will be decided...

GATES: But I also haven't heard Vice President Biden say that, so I'm not accepting at face value that those — that he said those words.

WALLACE: You know, it's interesting, because one of the reasons that you made such a strong statement up on Capitol Hill and why you're talking to us today — are you worried that the narrative is getting away and that there may be a rush to judgment on Afghanistan?

GATES: I think it's more a sense of frustration. I've been here before three years ago with Iraq. And we were just getting to the point where the surge forces had gone into Iraq. There was a lot of concern. There was a lot of anecdotal information that things weren't going well, casualties were very high, American casualties were very high in Iraq.

And what I'm — what I'm saying is people are losing context. This policy, this strategy, has been in place and working for only about four or five months. We have yet to put yet a third of the surge forces into Afghanistan. The president has said we'll wait until December to evaluate how we're doing.

So I think there's a rush to judgment, frankly, that loses sight of the fact we are still in the middle of getting all of the right components into place and giving us a little time to have this — have this work.

WALLACE: Let's turn to the gulf oil spill. Is there anything more the Pentagon could be doing either to help stop the spill or to prevent those millions of gallons of oil from washing up on the gulf coast?

GATES: Not to my knowledge. We have offered whatever capabilities we have. We don't have the kinds of equipment or particular expertise. I have authorized the mobilization of up to 17,500 National Guard troops in the four states that are — that are most affected.

We have a standing offer. If there's anything people think we can do, we absolutely will do it.

WALLACE: The U.N. Security Council has passed another round of sanctions against Iran. And following up on that, the United States and the European Union have imposed a set of unilateral sanctions.

For all that, honestly, do you see any sign that these sanctions, these efforts, have caused any weakening of the will of the regime in Tehran to develop a nuclear weapon?

GATES: Actually, what we've seen is a change in the nature of the regime in Tehran over the past 18 months or so. You have — you have a much narrower based government in Tehran now. Many of the religious figures are being set aside. As Secretary Clinton has said, they appear to be moving more in the direction of a military dictatorship. Khamenei is leaning on a smaller and smaller group of advisors.

In the meantime, you have an illegitimate election that has divided the country. So I think adding economic pressures on top of that, and particularly targeted economic pressures, has real potential.

WALLACE: Do you think it could weaken the will of the regime in Tehran?

GATES: I think that it could add to the pressures on the regime, that if you add the things we're doing to help our allies in the gulf area improve their defenses, improve their military capabilities, you put that together with sanctions, you put that together with diplomatic pressures and a variety of other things that are going on — and I think — I think you have a reasonable chance of getting the Iranian regime finally to come to their senses and realize their security is probably more endangered by going forward, thereby...

WALLACE: A reasonable chance?

GATES: ... stopping them. Yeah, I think so.

WALLACE: Can we contain a nuclear Iran?

GATES: I don't think we're prepared to even talk about containing a nuclear Iran. I think we're — we — our view still is we do not accept the idea of Iran having nuclear weapons. And our policies and our efforts are all aimed at preventing that from happening.

WALLACE: When you say that a — we would not accept a nuclear Iran, does that mean that a military strike either by the U.S. or Israel is preferable to a nuclear Iran?

GATES: I — we obviously leave all options on the table. I think we have some time to continue working this problem.

WALLACE: In the time we have left, let's do a lightning round of quick questions and quick answers. I know you always enjoy this so much, Mr. Secretary.

GATES: The ones that always get you in trouble.

WALLACE: The House and a Senate committee have voted to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" over your objections that the Pentagon review should be completed first. Is a repeal inevitable?

GATES: Well, I think you'd have to ask the members of Congress that. I haven't done any head counts. We are — the president has made his decision.

Our review is about how to implement this and what are the obstacles, what are the problems, what are the challenges, what are the issues. How do we mitigate the negative consequences if we identify negative consequences? What are the questions we have to address? Those are the things this review is all about.

And I feel it's very important for the military to have the opportunity to weigh in, to register their views on these issues, and to give us help on how to do this smart should the legislation pass.

WALLACE: As part of your new drive to try to cut the budget for non- combat operations, has the president agreed to veto any bill that would include continued funding for the C-17 cargo plane or an alternative engine for the Joint Strike Fighter, even if that legislation also included repeal of "don't ask, don't tell?"

GATES: Well, as I told the Senate Appropriations Committee, the defense subcommittee, this week, it would be a very serious mistake to believe that the president would not veto a bill that has the C-17 or the alternative engine in it just because it had other provisions that the president and the administration want.

WALLACE: Have you been given an assurance by the president that he will enforce his feelings, your feelings, about the budget even at the expense of social policy?

GATES: Well, I think the White House has put out a very strong statement in support. I would also just say that I don't go way out on a limb without looking back to make sure nobody's back there with a saw.

WALLACE: So you think that they veto the bill even with repeal of "don't ask, don't tell?"

GATES: I think so.

WALLACE: You set a deadline for Congress to pass a war supplemental bill by Memorial Day. I don't have to tell you that marker has come and gone, and Democrats are still trying to put money for social programs into the supplemental bill.

At what point delay in passing this bill do we begin to hurt the troops?

GATES: Well, first of all, I didn't set a deadline. I wish I could set deadlines for the Congress, but that's just not the way the Constitution is written.

But as I told the Congress this week, this past week, we will have to start doing stupid things after the 4th of July recess in terms of planning for major disruptions if we don't have the supplemental by the 4th of July recess.

We actually begin to have to take really serious negative actions that impact our troops as well as our civilians in mid to — in early to mid August.

WALLACE: Finally, how long are you committed to staying in this job?

GATES: Well, we just said that we'll see.

WALLACE: Well, at one point — the reason I ask is you talked about till the end of the year, till December of 2010. But now you seem to have taken on a new fight over the budget which gets you into 2011.

GATES: Well, we'll just see.

WALLACE: But would you have started this fight if you weren't going to see it through, sir?

GATES: Well, I didn't want to get bored.

WALLACE: Well, there's very little opportunity for that. Mr. Secretary, I want to thank you so much for coming in. It's always a pleasure to talk to you. Please come back, sir.

GATES: Thanks a lot.
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Well... Dope, Inc. is satisfied with McChrystal's work:



Afghan opiate use doubles in 5 years, U.N. says
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2012174845_afghandope22.html
By HEIDI VOGT The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — Drug addicts as young as a month old. Mothers who calm their children by blowing opium smoke in their faces. Whole communities hooked on heroin with few opportunities for treatment.

Use of opiates such as heroin and opium has doubled in Afghanistan in the past five years, the U.N. said Monday, as hundreds of thousands of Afghans turn to drugs to escape the misery of poverty and war.

Nearly 3 percent of Afghans ages 15 to 64 are addicted to opiates, according to a study by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. The U.N. defines addicts as regular users.

That puts Afghanistan, along with Russia and Iran, as the top three countries for opiate drug use worldwide, according to Sarah Waller, an official of the U.N.'s drug office in Kabul. She said a 2005 survey found about 1.4 percent of Afghan adults were opiate addicts.

The data suggest that even as the U.S. and its allies pour billions of dollars into programs to try to wean the Afghan economy off drug money, opium and heroin have become more entrenched in the lives of ordinary Afghans. That creates yet another barrier to international efforts to combat the drug trade, which helps pay for the Taliban insurgency.

"The human face of Afghanistan's drug problem is not only seen on the streets of Moscow, London or Paris. It is in the eyes of its own citizens, dependent on a daily dose of opium and heroin above all — but also cannabis, painkillers and tranquilizers," said Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

Afghanistan supplies 90 percent of the world's opium, the main ingredient in heroin, and is the global leader in hashish production. Drug crops have helped finance insurgents and encourage corruption, particularly in the south where the Taliban control cultivation of opium poppies and smuggling routes.

The Afghan government and its international backers have made a massive effort in recent years to discourage farmers from growing opium poppy, and its cultivation dropped 22 percent last year. Some of the drop is likely due to lower market prices, but the government has said it also shows the Afghan war on drugs is having some success. Twenty of the 34 provinces were declared poppy-free in 2009.

Yet almost 1 million Afghans — 8 percent of the 15-to-64 age group — are regular drug users — addicted to opiates, as well as cannabis and tranquilizers, according to the report, which was based on surveys of about 2,500 drug users, community leaders, teachers and doctors.

By comparison, 0.7 percent of the population in neighboring Pakistan and 0.58 percent of Americans ages 15-64 were regular opiate users, according to U.N. data.

Treatment facilities in Afghanistan are rare. Only 10 percent of drug users surveyed had received any treatment, though 90 percent said they wanted it, according to the survey.

At one facility, the Sanja Amaj Women's Treatment Center in Kabul, a few dozen women and children are treated every day. The women wait on cots to see doctors while children spend the day playing and being tutored in a nursery.

Nearly all of the children are addicts, said Abdul Bair Ibrahimi, the coordinator for child care at Sanja Amaj. There are a number of 5- and 4-year-old addicts. The youngest they have ever seen was 1 month old.

According to the U.N. report, the number of regular opium users jumped 53 percent to 230,000 in 2009 from 150,000 in 2005, while regular heroin users more than doubled to 120,000 from 50,000. Much of the rise in heroin use was in the south, where most of the opium poppies are grown.

Between 12 and 41 percent of Afghan police recruits test positive for drugs at regional training centers, according to a U.S. government report issued in March. U.S. troops complain their Afghan counterparts are sometimes high during military operations.

"It is a national tragedy," said Ibrahim Azhaar, Afghanistan's deputy minister of counternarcotics.
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MSNBC Joe Scarborough says McChrystal needs to be fired right now

After reading excerpts from the Rolling Stones magazine article that showed McChrystal does not give a flying crap about Obama or NSA Jones:

http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=176133.0

He went on a tirade about how Obama is Commander in Chief. Guess what Joe, no he ain't just like Bush wasn't.

Commander in Chief title is only bestowed on a president when an act of war is declared by congress. That has not happened for almost 70 years.

But nevertheless, it looks like McChrystal is taking orders directly from Dope, Inc. as far as the Opium distribution and the Queens are happy so I am not sure what Soetoro can do here. He is really just the public relations arm. the real owners and factory workers are pushing their product, Soetoro's job is to be like the "Thank You for Smoking" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thank_You_for_Smoking PR guy.

His job is to say "Thank You for Putting Our Sons and Daughters in Dope, Inc.'s Meat Grinder for Exponentially High Debt Slavery to All"

BTW - Brzezinski's daughter looked at him with "Shut the F Up" expressions up the wazoo.

upon closer inspection, this may be a major shake up to appease sunnis for a planned attack on shiites (Iran)...

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Not sure, he seems to be blaming Iran for Taliban (WTF). This guy is all over the fricking place:



Mission Creep: McChrystal Charges Taliban Training In Iran
http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/05/31/mission-creep-mcchrystal-charges-taliban-training-in-iran/
By: David Dayen Monday May 31, 2010 2:20 pm   


Iran has thus far escaped military action in the post-9/11 world by dint of luck or guile or both, despite being situated between the two countries which suffered invasion by masses of American troops. Pro-war hawks have habitually planted stories about Iranian collusion of one sort or another with the insurgency in Iraq (the Iranians are probably more aligned with the actual Iraqi government). Now we’re seeing the same dynamic with respect to Afghanistan, and not from the pages of Commentary or some other neocon journal, but from the field commander himself.

The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Sunday there is “clear evidence” that some Taliban fighters have trained in Iran.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal told reporters in the Afghan capital that Iran — Afghanistan’s western neighbor — has generally assisted the Afghan government in fighting the insurgent group.

“There is, however, clear evidence of Iranian activity — in some cases providing weaponry and training to the Taliban — that is inappropriate,” he said. McChrystal said NATO forces are working to stop both the training and the weapons trafficking.

Here we go again. It bears mentioning that, in the late 1990s, Iran threatened all-out war with the Taliban. Members of the Revolutionary Guards Corps fought side-by-side with the Northern Alliance as they eventually overthrew the Taliban, and Iran backed the rebel group for years beforehand. During the US invasion after 9/11, Iran actually aided the United States in both providing intelligence and rebuilding the country, and they were instrumental in bringing the Northern Alliance on board with what eventually became the governing coalition in the country. Iran is Shiite; the Taliban are largely Wahhabist Sunni. None of this makes any sense.

But it’s not a new charge: David Petraeus said it in February 2009. Our foreign policy “consensus” seems to build lineups of super-villians and smash them together in league against the common enemy, whether they have evidence or not. It’s entirely possible that Iran recognizes that keeping US forces bogged down in Afghanistan takes pressure off of them, but that was basically the same argument made about Iraq, and the tales of Iran building or designing bombs for the insurgency never ended up with credible evidentiary support. The geopolitical dynamic cuts against such a thing happening with the Taliban even more, and yet Petraeus and McChrystal and the like keep insisting it. I’m sure you can draw a crooked line from some Iranian providing funding to someone who provided some equipment to someone and do a big six-degrees-of-separation game to connect them to the Taliban, but whether that constitutes material support is another story.

Even Petraeus and McChrystal don’t contend that this support is very deep or broad. But it’s always thrown out there, conveniently for Iran hawks who want to latch on to any pretext for military action anyway. McChrystal just handed them a gift, and the Obama Administration has yet to respond in a way that would cool down the rhetoric.
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2 months ago he complained about too many contractors...



McChrystal: Too many contractors in Afghanistan
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/afghanistan/2010-04-16-mcchrystal-afghanistan_N.htm

PARIS (AP) — The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan said Friday that the coalition depends too much on private-sector contractors, and insisted his forces are keeping close watch on the flow of Taliban fighters who are training in Iran.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, during a four-day visit to France, said the coalition in Afghanistan has become too dependent on private contractors in the effort to stabilize the country.

"I think we've gone too far," McChrystal said at France's IHEDN military institute. "I actually think we would be better to reduce the number of contractors involved."

Alternatives could include increasing the number of troops "if necessary," or "using a greater number of Afghan contractors, or Afghans to help with the mission," he said.

McChrystal said the use of contractors was founded upon "good intentions," such as to limit military commitments or to save money for governments.

"I think it doesn't save money," he said. "We have created in ourselves a dependency on contractors that I think is greater than it ought to be."

He didn't specify where any cuts might come.

A Congressional Research Service report in January about the Pentagon's use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan said that as of September, more than 11,400 private security contractors were in Afghanistan. It cited Pentagon figures.

The report, which has been posted on the website of the Federation of American Scientists, said 94% of contractors in Afghanistan were armed — and 90% were local nationals.

The issue of contractors — who carry out tasks as diverse as security for diplomats, advisory roles or mercenary work — has been a thorny one for U.S. and some allied commanders and policymakers.

The company once known as Blackwater was re-dubbed Xe after a deadly shooting incident by its guards that left 17 people dead in Baghdad. Xe is now trying to win Defense Department approval for a bid to train police in Afghanistan.

Also Friday, McChrystal pointed to "indications" that some Taliban fighters have had training in Iran, and that weapons and ammunition have come across Iran's border with Afghanistan.

"The numbers are not operationally significant, they have not changed the fight, and I am not prepared to tell you that the government of Iran is executing that as a policy," he said.

"But I am prepared to say that we watch it closely, and if something were to increase, it would be something that would concern me significantly," he said.

Last month, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused Iran of "playing a double game" by nurturing relations with the Afghanistan government while supporting insurgents to undermine U.S. and NATO troops. Iran denies the allegation.

A type of Iranian explosive device used heavily by Shiite militias in Iraq — known as explosively formed projectiles — have not turned up in Afghanistan in large numbers.

In the past, Iran's Shiite republic has been hostile to the Taliban, who adhere to and preach a hardline Sunni form of Islam. Tehran didn't oppose the U.S.-led ouster of the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in 2001.

Iran has recently warmed to the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used a visit to Kabul last month to criticize the United States.

McChrystal was in Paris on a European swing aimed in part to thank NATO allies for their roles in Afghanistan. McChrystal is next to visit Berlin, said Adm. Christophe Prazuck, a French military spokesman.

Polls show public opinion in many European contributor countries has soured over the Afghan mission — now in its ninth year. France has about 3,750 troops committed to Afghanistan.
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There Will Be War

The time to support Iran's people is now.

Reza Kahlili, 06.21.10, 07:20 PM EDT

http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/21/iran-nuclear-israel-war-opinions-reza-kahlili.html

Last week, Iran's opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi canceled anti-government demonstrations timed to commemorate the anniversary of last year's disputed presidential election. Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton called the cancellation "regrettable," but missed the larger point. The reform these two men offer is not what the majority of Iranians want: They want an end to the current Islamic regime.

One year ago, the Obama administration missed an opportunity to support Iran's uprising. They mistakenly calculated that back-door negotiations with Iran's clerics and promises made by its rulers would bring cooperation on the nuclear issue. The Americans were duped and now find themselves grasping for another chance to support an Iranian uprising.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has ordered a massive buildup of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf starting with Carrier Strike Group 10, headed by the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. Just last Friday an armada of more than 12 U.S. and Israeli warships passed through the Suez canal amid extreme security provided by Egypt. The ships are headed for the Red Sea and from there to the Persian Gulf. Another four U.S. warships will be making their way to the region to join the Strike Group. The Americans have also conducted joint air and naval strike practices with France and the U.K. under the command of American forces, while Germany is sending warships to the area, also under the command of American forces.

Both Israel and the U.S. have positioned nuclear-armed submarines in the region. Israel has conducted multiple tests on its missile defense systems to protect its citizens once war breaks out. U.S. and Israeli Special Forces have been deployed inside Iran to investigate potential targets and gauge the willingness of Iranians to overthrow the current regime. Russia--up to now a key backer of the regime--recently announced a freeze in sales of its S-300 missiles to Iran. Vladimir Putin confirmed this himself last week.

Iran, for its part, is also preparing for an all-out war in the Middle East. Before even a vote was cast at the U.N. on recent sanctions, Iranian leaders had ordered the Guards to build up. Reinforcement troops have been dispatched to the Iraqi and Afghanistan borders. Hezbollah has been armed to the teeth, and Syria was presented with missiles carrying larger payloads and longer range.

Meanwhile Iran is busy pursuing its nuclear bomb project and enriching its supply of uranium faster than ever before, with the hope of testing its first nuclear bomb. Accomplishing this will fulfill the prophecy sought by the radical members of the secretive society of Hojjatieh, particularly its leader Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, the person responsible for the initial election and fraudulent re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Hojjatieh movement impatiently seeks the end of times and the return of Imam Mahdi, the last messiah.
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The Islamic Regime is prepared to suppress any uprising. They are well aware of the West's intention to crumble Iran's economy in coming months and to create the conditions for a massive rebellion. Iran's Revolutionary Guards have set up detention centers in rural areas capable of housing thousands in the event of any further unrest. The Guards have been anticipating this day ever since Mohammad Ali Jafari was picked as commander by Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei. Jafari has said that Iran's opposition is an even greater threat to Iran than its former archenemy Saddam Hussein had been. He has facilitated the establishment of 31 command and control centers in and around Iran that can operate independently in case of a break in communication during a war. Each center is authorized to suppress any unrest and to confront any enemy. Jafari has also brought Iran's Basij militia--a group of pro-government vigilantes--under Guard command to insure greater coordination.

The clock is ticking and the lives of hundreds of thousands--if not millions--are at stake. Now is the time to pursue all non-violent approaches: cut all diplomatic ties, expel Iranian officials and openly support the people of Iran. Only with international support will Iran's people be emboldened to rebel and will regime loyalists abandon ship. The desire to overthrow the regime is already so great within Iran that this alone could be enough to lead to successful rebellion.

But if war cannot be avoided, the West should keep in mind Iran's rich history of principles, humanity and dignity. Bombing Iran into the stone age is not the answer, for the country is rich in culture and its people are much more pro-West than most Americans realize. The focus of any war must be the Guards and the Basij forces. If Western forces can defeat them, Iran's people will do the rest, and its Islamic Regime will join other barbaric regimes in the trash bin of history.

Reza Kahliliis a pseudonym for an ex-CIA spy who requires anonymity for safety reasons. A Time to Betray,his book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran's Revolutionary Guards, was published by Simon & Schuster last April.
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Looks like NATO wants McChrystal (sure more chaos). Rolling Stones may have put a monkey wrench in the Iran war plans...



NATO confident in McChrystal despite U.S. article
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100622/ts_nm/us_usa_afghanistan_mcchrystal_5
Tue Jun 22, 3:54 am ET

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The head of NATO has full confidence in the top U.S. and NATO general in Afghanistan, whose aides were quoted as insulting some of President Barack Obama's closest advisers, a NATO spokesman said on Tuesday.

An article to be published on Friday by Rolling Stone magazine also quotes an aide to the commander, General Stanley McChrystal, as describing his "disappointment" with his initial one-on-one meeting with Obama at the White House last year.

"It's a rather unfortunate article, but it is just an article," NATO spokesman James Appathurai said, providing a response from NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

"We are in the middle of a very real conflict and the secretary-general has full confidence in General McChrystal as the NATO commander and in his strategy."

McChrystal apologized on Monday for the comments by his aides and said he had "enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team."

The article, which quotes several McChrystal aides anonymously, portrayed his team as disapproving of the Obama administration, with the exception of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who backed McChrystal's request for additional troops in Afghanistan.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who wanted a more focused strategy in Afghanistan, comes in for particular criticism.

McChrystal was quoted as saying he felt betrayed by the leak of a classified cable from the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, last year which raised doubts about sending more troops to shore up an Afghan government already lacking in credibility.

The article portrays a split between the U.S. military and Obama's advisers at a sensitive moment for the Pentagon, which is fending off criticism of its strategy to turn around the nearly nine-year-old Afghan war.

The article quotes a member of McChrystal's team making jokes about Biden, who was seen as critical of the general's efforts to escalate the conflict and who had favored a more limited counter-terrorism approach.

It also quotes an adviser to McChrystal dismissing an early meeting with Obama as a "10-minute photo op," and quotes the general as expressing disappointment that the president then clearly did not know anything about him.
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General McChrystal summoned to White House over Rolling Stone interview
« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2010, 09:06:45 AM »
General McChrystal summoned to White House over Rolling Stone interview

June 22, 2010

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/general-mcchrystal-summoned-to-white-house-over-rolling-stone-interview/story-e6frfku0-1225882970362


THE top US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has been ordered to the White House to explain his criticism of the President and his senior advisers in an interview in Rolling Stone magazine.

"McChrystal has been directed to attend (Wednesday's) monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in person to explain to the Pentagon and the commander in chief his quotes in the piece about his colleagues," a White House official said.

In a profile in Rolling Stone, General McChrystal critcised Vice President Joe Biden, who has been sceptical of the general's war strategy, and imagined ways of "dismissing the vice president with a good one-liner."

McChrystal also told the magazine that he felt "betrayed" by the US ambassador to Kabul, Karl Eikenberry, in a White House debate over war strategy last year.

And an unnamed adviser to General McChrystal told the magazine that the general came away unimpressed from a meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office a year ago.

"It was a 10-minute photo op," the general's adviser said.

"Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was ... he didn't seem very engaged."

Another aide called the national security adviser, Jim Jones, a "clown" who was "stuck in 1985".

General McChrystal has apologised for his remarks to the magazine.

"I extend my sincerest apology for this profile," he said in a statement issued hours after the article, entitled The Runaway General, was released.

"It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened."

General McChrystal, a former special operations chief, usually speaks cautiously in public and has enjoyed mostly sympathetic US media coverage since he took over the Nato-led force last year.

In Brussels, Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen indicated support for the US commander, expressing full confidence in General McChystal and his strategy.

"The Rolling Stone article is rather unfortunate, but it is just an article," Mr Rasmussen's spokesman said.
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In Brussels, Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen indicated support for the US commander, expressing full confidence in General McChystal and his strategy.

"The Rolling Stone article is rather unfortunate, but it is just an article," Mr Rasmussen's spokesman said.

And I think THAT was his real 'commander in chief' speaking.
He's not worried about being 'called onto the carpet' by Obama... he's got 100% support from his masters.
He's doing a bangup job.

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Looks like NATO is admitting there is a setback to their Iran false flag plans due to the Rolling Stones article:



Yahoo Daily News2010-06-22
http://article.wn.com/view/2010/06/22/NATO_setbacks_blight_Afghan_mission/
KABUL (AFP) – NATO on Tuesday faced setbacks in Afghanistan as US General Stanley McChrystal appeared to mock the White House, the British envoy took extended leave and casualties mounted in the anti-Taliban war. In an extraordinary article published in Rolling Stone, the commander of the 142,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan was quoted as denouncing the US envoy in Kabul while his aides...
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This entire non-event is nothing more than "Matrix Management".

It's news designed to support the false reality they have constructed.

It tries to make it sound like the "liberal" Obama and the "Conservative" military don't like each other.  

Look, the RS article admits that McChrystal, ultimately, got most of what he wanted.  Obama continues giving more money each year to the failed campaigns in the Middle East.

This is also covering up the fact that the 2011 date for being out of Afghanistan is being dropped...

US officials back away from July 2011 Afghan withdrawal deadline
http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0620/officials-july-2011-afghan-withdrawal-deadline/

Not to mention this recent headline...

U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html

Google News Afghanistan and the top stories are about the Pres and the General.

This is propaganda.  Hell, it may even be part of the deal that helped him secure his "unsellable" request.  

i.e.  "We'll give you the troops, but we need you to help with some image control for the president.  You need to act like you don't like Obama."

The controlled MSM is happy to help it along.  Rolling Stone is a corporate rag.
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The FK shows continue. We have been flooded with catastrophys both foreign and domestic, confusion, fear, terror.
We now key on McChrystal as our forces head for Iran, what a FK diversion.

We ARE being controlled by a team of parasitic- sociopathic- pyscotic freaks of nature.

Get the word out as allways, in the meantime make a priority security for your family.

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I remember one of Alex's guest saying about 2-3 months ago that McChrystal was out, now this. It looks like he fell on his sword and this was meant to make the noise it has made. This is to make the NeoCons say that Obama is weak even the the agenda still keeps marching on.

This is was a setup. I'm still trying to remember what guest said that McChrystal would be sacked. I'm not sure if it was Tarpley, Rivero, ect...

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US general in Afghan war at risk of losing his job
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2010, 04:58:33 PM »
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/06/22/national/w101954D43.DTL&type=politics

A furious President Barack Obama weighed whether to fire his Afghan war commander at a perilous time in the conflict as he summoned Gen. Stanley McChrystal to Washington to explain disparaging comments about his political masters.

McChrystal's complaints about his commander in chief and Obama's aides put his job in jeopardy. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday "the magnitude and greatness of the mistake here are profound" and repeatedly declined to say McChrystal's job was safe. "All options are on the table," he said.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the commander's comments in Rolling Stone magazine were "distractions" to the war in Afghanistan.

McChrystal publicly apologized Tuesday for using "poor judgment" in interviews for the magazine. He then left Afghanistan to appear, as ordered by Obama, at the White House on Wednesday.

He'll be expected to explain his comments to the president and Pentagon officials who, as Gibbs put it, want "to see what in the world he was thinking." The presidential spokesman said Obama acknowledged McChrystal's apology and believed he deserved a chance to explain himself.

However, military leaders rarely challenge their commander in chief publicly and when they do, consequences tend to go beyond a scolding. And Gibbs left little doubt that a firing was probably in the offing. "Our efforts in Afghanistan are bigger than one person," he told reporters several times.

A decision on McChrystal's future will be announced by the White House after Wednesday's meeting, Gibbs said.

Obama appointed McChrystal to lead the Afghan war in May 2009. Despite a continuing troop buildup, progress has been halting, with U.S. casualties rising, public support waning and tensions growing between Washington and Kabul.

Practically the only expression of confidence in McChrystal on Tuesday came from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who issued a statement calling the general the "best commander" of the war. Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar said Karzai hoped that Obama doesn't decide to replace him.

A top military official in Afghanistan told AP that McChrystal hasn't been told whether he will be allowed to keep his job. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions between Washington and the general's office in Kabul.

Gibbs said McChrystal had not offered his resignation, in part because he has not yet spoken to or seen Obama, who was angry when his press secretary gave him the story Monday night.

Gibbs refused to describe how angry the president was, except to say: "You would know it if you saw it."

McChrystal spent Tuesday calling several others mentioned in the article to apologize, officials said, including Gates and Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy to Pakistan.

Gates issued a statement saying McChrystal made "a significant mistake" and used poor judgment in his remarks to a magazine reporter.

"We are fighting a war against al-Qaida and its extremist allies, who directly threaten the United States, Afghanistan, and our friends and allies around the world," Gates said. "Going forward, we must pursue this mission with a unity of purpose. Our troops and coalition partners are making extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our security, and our singular focus must be on supporting them and succeeding in Afghanistan without such distractions."

Holbrooke's office said in a terse two-line statement that McChrystal had called him in Kabul "to apologize for this story and accept full responsibility for it." It said Holbrooke "values his close and productive relationship with General McChrystal."

A spokesman said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen told McChrystal of his "deep disappointment" over the article.

In the article, McChrystal complains that Obama handed him "an unsellable position" on the war, back when the commander was pressing for more troops than the administration was then prepared to send. "I found that time painful," he said.

McChrystal also said he was "betrayed" by Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner in Afghanistan. He accused Eikenberry of raising doubts about the reliability of Afghan President Hamid Karzai only to give himself cover in case the U.S. effort failed.

"Here's one that covers his flank for the history books," McChrystal told the magazine. "Now, if we fail, they can say 'I told you so.'"

In Kabul on Tuesday, McChrystal issued a statement saying: "I have enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team, and for the civilian leaders and troops fighting this war and I remain committed to ensuring its successful outcome."

"I extend my sincerest apology for this profile," the statement said. "It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened."

Mullen talked with McChrystal about the article Monday night, Capt. John Kirby, Mullen's spokesman said. In a 10-minute conversation, the chairman "expressed his deep disappointment in the piece and the comments" in it, Kirby said.

The Wednesday meeting at the White House was one of Obama's regular sessions on the Afghanistan war, which McChrystal and others in Afghanistan usually attend via videoconference. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gates are among those who regularly attend the Situation Room meetings in person.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for all involved to "stay cool and calm" and not the let situation interfere with the mission in Afghanistan.

He said he had "enormous respect" for the general and had spoken to McChrystal on Tuesday morning and "emphasized to him that I think, obviously, those are comments that he is going to have to deal with with respect to the commander in chief, the vice president and his national security staff."

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Associated Press Writers Julie Pace, Pauline Jelinek and Matthew Lee in Washington, and Deb Riechmann in Kabul contributed to this report. Gearan is AP National Security Writer and Loven is AP White House Correspondent.

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Re: US general in Afghan war at risk of losing his job
« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2010, 05:01:33 PM »
he just resigned

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General Stanley McChrystal submits resignation




Reuters Last updated 08:49 23/06/2010


GENERAL STANLEY McCHRYSTAL: Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

LATEST: Stanley McChrystal, the top US general in Afghanistan, has submitted his resignation after he and his aides were quoted in a magazine article mocking President Barack Obama and his top advisors, CNN has reported.

McChrystal, the US and NATO commander in Afghanistan and the architect of Obama's war strategy, was summoned to Washington to explain his "enormous mistake in judgment" directly to the president, Obama's spokesman said.

Earlier, when asked whether Obama was considering ousting the general, the spokesman, Robert Gibbs, told reporters, "I would say all options are on the table."

McChrystal has apologised for the article, which quotes his aides calling one top Obama official a "clown" and another a "wounded animal."

The general himself made belittling remarks about Vice President Joe Biden and the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke.

McChrystal's departure would add to already growing uncertainty about the course of the nine-year-war just one year after his predecessor, General David McKiernan, was pushed out of the same job.

Gibbs said Obama became "angry" when he saw the article, due to be published in Rolling Stone magazine on Friday.

"Angry. You would know it if you saw it," Gibbs said.

Defence Secretary Robert Gates said McChrystal had "made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment." Admiral Mike Mullen, who as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the top US military officer, expressed his "deep disappointment."

"Gen. McChrystal has apologised to me and is similarly reaching out to others named in this article to apologise to them as well," Gates said in a statement.

Still, it was unclear whether they would accept his apology.

"It's very important for the commander in chief to have confidence in his main line troops, especially someone who's in charge of the war in Afghanistan," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

REPLACEMENTS?

Just six months ago, Obama backed McChrystal's request for more troops, escalating an unpopular conflict in which costs and casualties are soaring.

McChrystal himself offered his "sincerest apology for this profile" before flying to Washington, where he will also meet with Gates on Wednesday.

"It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened," McChrystal said in a statement.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai fully backed the US general and "believes he is the best commander the United States has sent to Afghanistan over the last nine years," a spokesman said.



Defence officials say they have confidence a suitable replacement could be found for McChrystal.

Possible successors include Lieutenant-General David Rodriguez, who now serves as McChrystal's No. 2, Lieutenant-General William Caldwell, who runs NATO training mission for Afghan forces, or General James Mattis, the commander of US Joint Forces Command.

The Rolling Stone article, which quoted several McChrystal aides anonymously, portrays a split between the US military and Obama's advisers at an extremely sensitive moment for the Pentagon, which is fending off criticism of its strategy to turn around the Afghan war.

"It certainly isn't going to help relations between the White House and this building," one defence official said.

The article quotes a member of McChrystal's team making jokes about Biden, who was seen as critical of the general's efforts to escalate the conflict and who had favoured a more limited counter-terrorism approach.

"Biden?" the aide was quoted as saying. "Did you say: Bite me?"

McChrystal himself quipped: "Are you asking about Vice President Biden?". "Who's that?," he asked.

McChrystal also belittled Holbrooke. One aide said McChrystal had compared the special envoy to a "wounded animal."

"Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke," McChrystal groaned while checking his BlackBerry during a trip to Paris, according to the magazine. "I don't even want to open it."

McChrystal said he felt "betrayed" by the leak of a classified cable from US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry last year. The cable raised doubts about sending more troops to shore up an Afghan government already lacking in credibility.

The article also quoted an adviser to McChrystal dismissing an early meeting with Obama as a "10-minute photo op."

"Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was. Here's the guy who's going to run his (expletive) war, but he didn't seem very engaged," the adviser told the magazine.

"The boss was pretty disappointed."

The White House, asked about whether Obama was in fact disengaged, said McChrystal would have Obama's full attention on Wednesday.

"I think anybody that reads that article understands ... what an enormous mistake this was, given the fact that mothers and fathers all over this country are sending their children halfway across the world to participate in this," Gibbs said.

He added that parents of troops needed to know their military was "capable and mature enough."

"I think that is one of the things that the president will look to discuss tomorrow," he said.


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Gen. Stanley McChrystal: Latest developments
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Here are the latest developments involving Gen. Stanley McChrystal, America's top commander in Afghanistan. He and his staff made comments in a Rolling Stone article that appear to mock top civilian officials, including Vice President Joe Biden. The story, which is to appear in Friday's edition, was written by Michael Hastings.

[Updated at 6:04 p.m.] Gen. Stanley McChrystal has "offered to resign," according to a Twitter post from Time magazine's Joe Klein on Tuesday. Earlier, Klein, citing "a very reliable source," told CNN that McChrystal had already submitted his resignation.

The Twitter post from Klein's magazine offered the "clarification" that the general has "'offered to resign' he has NOT submitted his resignation."

[Updated at 5:55 p.m.] President Obama said that Gen. Stanley McChrystal showed "poor judgment," but he added that he would wait until meeting in person with McChrystal before making a decision on McChrystal's future. Obama is expected to meet with McChrystal on Wednesday.

[Updated at 4:41 p.m.] Gen. Stanley McChrystal has submitted his resignation, Time magazine's Joe Klein told CNN, citing an unnamed source. CNN is working to confirm Klein's information.

[Updated at 3:50 p.m.] Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, called for McChrystal to step down, telling CNN that the remarks in Rolling Stone were "unbelievably inappropriate and just
can't be allowed to stand."

[Updated at 3:30 p.m.] Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff "became aware" that the Rolling Stone story would be controversial before it was published, story author Michael Hastings told CNN Tuesday.

I "got word from (McChrystal's) staff ... that there was some concern" about possible fallout from the story, Hastings said.

Hastings noted that there was "a lot" of material from the interviews with McChrystal that he didn't use in the article.

[Updated at 1:41 p.m.] Waheed Omar, spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is the best commander for the war in Afghanistan and hopes Obama does not replace him. Karzai and his team believe McChrystal is a man of strong integrity who has a strong understanding of the Afghan people and their culture, Omar said.

[Updated at 1:25 p.m.] President Barack Obama was "angry" after seeing the upcoming controversial magazine article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

"I gave him the article last night," Gibbs said at the daily White House news briefing. "He was angry."

Earlier, Gibbs described the "magnitude and graveness" of mistakes by McChrystal in the article as "profound."

[Updated at 1:10 p.m.] White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal will have President Barack Obama's "undivided attention" on Wednesday when the two meet in person.  "The president looks forward to speaking with him tomorrow about what's in the (Rolling Stone) article," Gibbs said.

[Updated at 1:09 p.m.] White House press secretary Robert Gibbs refused Tuesday to say what President Barack Obama's reaction was to the story about Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone.  But he noted that McChrystal had been recalled to Washington in part to explain his actions.

"Suffice it to say, our combatant commander does not usually participate in (Afghanistan war planning) meetings from Washington," Gibbs said.  Obama will speak to McChrystal about his comments.

"We'll have more to say after that meeting," Gibbs said. [Updated at 1:01 p.m.] Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, said Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal's remarks will have "a negative effect on policy implementation" in Afghanistan.  Levin said he didn't know if McChrystal would be able to keep his job.

[Updated at 12:12 p.m.] Defense Secretary Robert Gates released the following statement on McChrystal's comments:

"I read with concern the profile piece on Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the upcoming edition of ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. I believe that Gen. McChrystal made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment in this case. We are fighting a war against al Qaeda and its extremist allies, who directly threaten the United States, Afghanistan, and our friends and allies around the world. Going forward, we must pursue this mission with a unity of purpose. Our troops and coalition partners are making extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our security, and our singular focus must be on supporting them and succeeding in Afghanistan without such distractions. Gen. McChrystal has apologized to me and is similarly reaching out to others named in this article to apologize to them as well. I have recalled Gen. McChrystal to Washington to discuss this in person."

Read excerpts from Rolling Stone magazine profile

[Updated at 11:46 a.m.] U.S. Senators John McCain (R-Arizona), Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut), and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) issued the following statement regarding General McChrystal's comments in Rolling Stone:

“We have the highest respect for General McChrystal and honor his brave service and sacrifice to our nation.  General McChrystal’s comments, as reported in Rolling Stone, are inappropriate and inconsistent with the traditional relationship between Commander-in-Chief and the military.  The decision concerning General McChrystal’s future is a decision to be made by the President of the United States.”

[Updated at 10:46 a.m.] Rolling Stone Executive Editor Eric Bates told CNN Tuesday that comments made by Gen. Stanley McChrystal and other top military aides to writer Michael Hastings in Afghanistan were "not off the cuff remarks."

"They gave us a lot of access," Bates said.  "We fact-checked it thoroughly. ... They knew what they were doing when they granted the access and the interview."

Bates said the story shows "a deep division" and "a war within the administration" over strategy in Afghanistan.  It's "hard to see how we can win a war when we're divided ourselves," he said.

[Updated at 10:13 a.m.] Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, weighed in Tuesday on the controversy surrounding Gen. Stanley McChrystal, saying that his "impression is that all of us would be best served by just backing off and staying cool and calm and not sort of succumbing to the normal Washington twitter about this for the next 24 hours."

McChrystal is "a terrific soldier," Kerry said at the start of a committee hearing. But "it will be up to the president of the United States, as commander in chief" to decide how to respond.

"The priorities of (the Afghanistan) mission are best served by letting the president and his commanders make a determination as to how we move forward," Kerry added.

McChrystal, America's top military commander in Afghanistan, has been recalled to Washington amid his controversial remarks about colleagues and civilian authorities in a Rolling Stone magazine article.

[Update 9:05 a.m.] An official at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and McChrystal "are both fully committed" to President Obama's Afghan strategy and are working together to implement the plan. The official said, "We have seen the article and Gen. McChrystal has already spoken to it."

[Update 8:28 a.m.] A U.S. military official confirms to CNN that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has now spoken to: Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Special Representative Richard Holbrooke, National Security Adviser Jim Jones and Vice President Joe Biden.

Remarks about Biden

McChrystal and his staff had imagined ways of dismissing Vice President Joe Biden with a one-liner as they prepared for a questions-and-answer session in Paris, France, in April.

He had grown tired of questions about Biden since earlier dismissing a counterterrorism strategy the vice president had offered.

"Are you asking about Vice President Biden? Biden?" McChrystal says with a laugh. "Who's that?" Hastings writes.

"Biden?" suggests a top adviser. "Did you say, 'Bite Me?' "

Comments about other top officials

The article paints McChrystal as a man who "has managed to piss off almost everyone with a stake" in the Afghan conflict, including U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Special Representative to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke and National Security Adviser Jim Jones.

Of Eikenberry, who railed against McChrystal's strategy in Afghanistan in a cable leaked to The New York Times in January, the general said, "Here's one that covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say, 'I told you so.' "

McChrystal has a "special skepticism" for Holbrooke, the official in charge of reintegrating Taliban members into Afghan society, Hastings writes.

"At one point on his trip to Paris, McChrystal checks his BlackBerry. 'Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke,' he groans. 'I don't even want to open it.' He clicks on the message and reads the salutation out loud, then stuffs the BlackBerry back in his pocket, not bothering to conceal his annoyance."

"'Make sure you don't get any of that on your leg,' an aide jokes, referring to the e-mail."

The fallout

McChrystal extends his "sincerest apology for this profile," saying it was a "mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened."

"I have enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team, and for the civilian leaders and troops fighting this war and I remain committed to ensuring its successful outcome," he said.

McChrystal said he's "lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity" throughout his career and that "what is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard."

McChrystal was recalled to Washington to attend a meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in person rather than by video conference on Wednesday to explain his remarks to Obama and Pentagon officials, administration officials said.

McChrystal has fired a press aide because of the Rolling Stone article, two defense officials told CNN Tuesday morning.
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Re: ***BREAKING*** Gen. Stanley McChrystal offers to RESIGN
« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2010, 07:35:12 PM »
An end to the "Chaostan" project or a harbinger of even more chaos?

I think probably the latter.

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« Reply #28 on: June 22, 2010, 07:35:49 PM »
rats know when to leave a sinking ship.....first was luvva boy, now Orszag, I'm sure more will jump ship as this train wreck screeches to an eventual halt..;)

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« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2010, 07:42:34 PM »
I assume luvva boy is Rahm?

That doesn't sound quite official, yet, but believable.

Agree -- about the rats leaving thing.

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« Reply #30 on: June 22, 2010, 07:46:58 PM »
Next Gates?  He's a waffler though.  He'll go along with the big plan when the chips are down.  Another Powell.

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« Reply #31 on: June 22, 2010, 07:48:26 PM »


Right on.


McChrystal--the Butcher of Bagdad.

Who will be the next butcher?

McChrystal knows Afghanistan can't be won.
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« Reply #32 on: June 22, 2010, 07:54:06 PM »


The more we anticipate a war the more easier it'll be to accept, this attitude is sick to me, callus.

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« Reply #33 on: June 22, 2010, 08:04:38 PM »
Right on.


McChrystal--the Butcher of Bagdad.

Who will be the next butcher?

McChrystal knows Afghanistan can't be won.

No, he knows it can be won, but Washington and others are preventing that from happening, right along with all that poppy being allowed to grow and be harvested every year.

He knows they have the military ability to clean that country out of any supposed terrorists, but politics won't allow it(aside from the fact there are no terrorists there), just like Washington handcuffed Patton, and look what that brought the world. Time after time politicians get in the way of sound military tactics. There is no way on this planet those people in rags and caves could actually take on the US or Russian military if they were allowed to operate as a military can.

Running a military these days is more of a joke than ever, and his comments just confirms they know where the real problems are. But, the real joke is that it's a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Arguments between thugs for the media's entertainment.

He'll be gone and another thug in uniform will take his place to finish the job.
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« Reply #34 on: June 22, 2010, 08:23:02 PM »
No, he knows it can be won, but Washington and others are preventing that from happening, right along with all that poppy being allowed to grow and be harvested every year.

He knows they have the military ability to clean that country out of any supposed terrorists, but politics won't allow it(aside from the fact there are no terrorists there), just like Washington handcuffed Patton, and look what that brought the world. Time after time politicians get in the way of sound military tactics. There is no way on this planet those people in rags and caves could actually take on the US or Russian military if they were allowed to operate as a military can.

Running a military these days is more of a joke than ever, and his comments just confirms they know where the real problems are. But, the real joke is that it's a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Arguments between thugs for the media's entertainment.

He'll be gone and another thug in uniform will take his place to finish the job.

  No, Afghanistan cannot be won.  With 85% of the population in the hills and mountains, it cannot be won.  No matter how many American body bags are filled.  It definitely can't be won by July 2011, Soetoro's pull out DEADline.
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« Reply #35 on: June 22, 2010, 08:27:14 PM »
Funny how his deadlines are always just one more year away.

doc,

I'm with you.  It's not going to be won in any event.  Not sure that was ever really the plan.

I think the plan was for war, followed by more war, followed by yet more war.

With a chance of even more war in the morning.

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« Reply #36 on: June 22, 2010, 08:35:42 PM »
Funny how his deadlines are always just one more year away.

doc,

I'm with you.  It's not going to be won in any event.  Not sure that was ever really the plan.

I think the plan was for war, followed by more war, followed by yet more war.

With a chance of even more war in the morning.

Very true,  it is one of the military-industrial complex's goals to have never ending wars.

McCain was right (he isn't right very often) when he said it might be a 100 year war. 

Because America can print fiat money that is recognized as the #1 currency, the NWO can keep this up indefinitely.  If the Greeks were running the show in Afghanistan, they would have went home a long time ago because they can't print money.
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« Reply #37 on: June 22, 2010, 08:40:03 PM »
  No, Afghanistan cannot be won.  With 85% of the population in the hills and mountains, it cannot be won.  No matter how many American body bags are filled.  It definitely can't be won by July 2011, Soetoro's pull out DEADline.

Ever watched footage of WW2? Ever seen what a 2000 lb bomb can do when dropped by the dozens? You apparently have no clue what military technology exists but is not being put to full use because politicians are holding them back with talks and deadlines.

Your trying to say that a ground force of say 50k and the proper hardware to follow couldnt clear out those mountains? Boy are you deceived. The equipment and manpower is there, but they just aren't using it like in a real war. This isn't a war, it's a manufactured sideshow and there never was a winner intended.
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The National Security Council has held several sessions to provide data and advice for an upcoming decision. The Council, includes, among others, General Jones, National Security Adviser, Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Joe Biden, Vice President. Joe Biden and General Jones apparently favour a more stand-off policy, which would attack Al Quaeda with drones and surgical strikes. 

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I have heard that this was the reason for the tension

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I don't think he cared about the counte-productive nature of these drone strikes, he just knew that the war could never be "won" by the use of them, or the use of them alone.  But, I am sure he was smart enough to know that the war wasn't started so it could be "won".

This is all bullshit on both sides.