Tuesday, June 22, 2010

McChrystal stars not so shiny - Updated

Oh boy. Guess General McChrystal is not in the Navy so maybe he never heard that old expression, "loose lips sink ships," and careers. His mindset is pretty revealing in terms of what's wrong with the Obama's administration's Afghanistan policy. While I was willing to give them all the benefit of the doubt, I thought it was a mistake to let the same people run the show after they pretty much screwed it up for eight years. Catch all the commentary at Memeorandum.

Addendum: Hearing that Politico, the news org so "cutting edge" and "important" that it got a seat on the Pulitizer Prize committee, stole the Rolling Stone interview in its entirety without linking back. I understand they've pulled it now, but of course they already got the traffic boost they were looking for by posting it in the first place. But yeah, let's have a blogger's ethics panel.

Update: Rolling Stone has now posted the article on-line. The editor says he had many more damning quotes that couldn't be used because they were off the record.

PressSec Gibbs hints that McChrystal might be fired and speculation running high on the internets that this will happen. Finding the whole thing rather jaw-dropping myself. And no, there is not an analogy between this and Shinseki being fired by the Bush adminstration. Shinseki didn't trash talk Bush and his admin, he simply gave a realistic assessment of the costs in response to a question. Not even in the same ballpark.

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