Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Can't We All Get Along

I am too busy at a conference with American and Canadian army types to follow the latest contretemps between General McChystral and his various adversaries (Biden, Eikenberry, etc.), but it looks interesting!
''I found that time painful,'' McChrystal said in the article, on newsstands Friday. ''I was selling an unsellable position.''
Is that the fault of the Obama folks?  McChrystal's?  Or the basic challenge he faced--that the war and the reinforcement were hard sells?

This event does show that McC seems to lack a bit of discretion--venting to a Rolling Stone reporter.

His reactions seem to be a bit over the top, as a controversial situation like Afghanistan should create some dissensus as there is no one path ahead that is obviously right.  Each choice is a sub-optimal one with difficult tradeoffs. 

Oh well, fun times ahead.

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