Afghan Tragedy

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By: Wayne Brown

Yesterday, as the various media sources reported the recall of General McChrystal from Afghanistan, I listened intently wondering how such a state of affairs could develop. I also had to ponder how a liberal rag such as Rolling Stone Magazine could undermine and threaten the course of our war on terror. Today, we will see just how much of an impact that article will have as McChrystal meets with President Obama for what may be his last day in command of the effort in Afghanistan.

Of course this situation dominated the news talk-show circuit last night with various commentators and experts weighing in as to how the situation evolved and how they believe it will play out in the end. For those who thought McChrystal would remain in command with only a slap on the wrist from the President, the rationale came from the General’s important role in the progress to date as well as his keen understanding of the Afghan situation. Unfortunately, the continuous occurrence of death in mankind has proved that no individual is unexpendable.

From the other perspective of experts, the General is a “goner” just on the principles of basic military decorum and respect for the commander-in-chief. For these folks, I would recommend a visit to the battlefront before espousing the principles of good management over situational judgment. If Eisenhower had employed the same “idiology” then Patton would have likely been lined up in front of a firing squad and executed. Patton’s abilities as a tactician, his drive for the objective, and his all out dedication as a soldier brought something to the battlefront that Eisenhower couldn’t buy in a can and Ike knew it. At the same time, I have no doubt this faction is correct in their assessment for Obama lacks much of the ability and wisdom of Eisenhower.

There was much speculation about this incident and a lot of discussion as to how this reporter from Rolling Stone had been granted almost unrestricted access to the General and his battle staff. The reporter also was privy to a number of official sessions in which the General was involved. Obviously, after this guy had been around for a while, he probably came off just like “one of the boys”. That was probably no accident on his part but a serious error in judgment on the part of the General’s staff.

During the discussion, one of the media sources reported that the General was under orders from the Pentagon to keep his mouth shut and not make any comment on the Rolling Stone fiasco to anyone. I find that a rather interesting turn of events considering the Rolling Stone reporter was granted almost total access and now everyone wants to say nothing to no one. I find myself continually asking questions that don’t seem to come up on the talk shows. For one, who set this whole thing up with Rolling Stone? I am sure the General didn’t call them up and invite them over. Surely the General did not do all of this on his own and not report that it was going on to at least his direct report at the Joint Chiefs. Surely not, I ask? The second question that gnaws at me is “Did the General get set up?" "Was it an inside job designed to undermine his position and at the same time threaten our progress in Afghanistan?"

Given the current state of affairs here at home with oil spewing into the Gulf waters and illegal immigrants lining up to cross over our southern borders to come to the land of milk and give away money, and given we seem to have a President and an administration who is bent on doing less than humanly possible about either situation. Given that we have a President who has turned his back on Israel and essential spit in the face of the British; given that we have a President who is doing everything in his power to prosecute the State of Arizona for attempting to enforce a federal immigration law; given we have a President who is bound and determined to shut down drilling efforts in the Gulf and who knows where else in the waters of America; given we have a President willing to bow and bend to the likes of Iran and North Korea while smiling and shaking hands with a dictator from Brazil; given we have a President who is leading the charge to spend America into financial oblivion; given we have a President who openly shuns our military and avoids ceremony and respectful rituals in honor of our war dead; Given all of that! How the hell could anyone come to any conclusion other than the General has been set up?

President Obama will likely fire General McChrystal today although it will be reported that the good General openly volunteered to step down in light of his poor judgment and leadership. Thus the President will grant the wishes of the good General and move to appoint a lesser commander to his role. He will assure the American people that our efforts will go on unabated in Afghanistan knowing full well that the entire timeline associated with our current efforts will suffer at least a six month delay if all goes well in the transition.

This will be just one more instance in which Obama will be absolved of doing anything wrong. This will be a moment for the President in which he can look “Presidential” and “decisive” in the decision-making and leadership process. This will be a sad day for America and a proud one for those at Rolling Stone Magazine who have done their job in bringing down a damn fine leader and a great warrior.

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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

Well ya beat me to the punch Wayne, but I'm sure glad you did! There is SOMETHING going on that we're not being told about. As far as I can figure all of the current issues (oil spill, immigration, General McChyrstal, etc) are most likely just covers for whatever Obama really has brewing. He has been way to "calm" and lax with everything not to have a bigger pot on the fire. Anyways, great hub Wayne. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens, although we can probably predict the outcome.


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magnoliazz 6 years ago from Wisconsin

WOW!! You make perfect sense to me!

If Obama had any sense at all, he would overlook this entire thing....who in the hell CARES about a stupid newspaper like Rolling Stones anyhow? I certainly never read it.

I am not happy with Obama either. Especially about him suing the state of Arizona. I think he cares more about the immigrants than us!

I would not put it past our government to set someone up to get them out of the way, what I do not understand is WHY?


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

magnoliazz...thanks for stopping by and commenting. I do not have the answer either but I have looked at conspiracy enough to realize that it is carried out amid chaos and you cannot see it coming unless you look at the puzzle as a whole rather than getting caught up in the pieces. In this case the chaos in oil spill, runaway illegal immigration, attempts at comprehensive reform in every corner and now a significant setback in the war on terror. What does it all mean? Well, if you roll in absurd healthcare reform and totally out of control spending and debt management, you only viable conclusion you can come to is the utter and absolute failure of the democratic republic through "demonstrated examples". Each time an opportunity arises Obama & Co are able to put those involved in a set of circumstances which do not allow them to resolve the issue. Thus, it is easy to point out the failure and then demand immediate "comprehensive reform". Believe me, America will come to despise that term within a few years. Thanks. WB


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@rkhyclak....Sorry, Bekka, didn't mean to steal your thunder. BPop got me going this morning and I decided to act on the questions spinning in my head. Thanks for the read and feedback! WB


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

What a brilliant and insightful analysis of this fiasco. Your questions are right on target and deserve answers. How in the world did this all come about? Once again, I smell a rat. I voted this up. Great piece of writing.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Amazing how quickly he reacted to a story in a magazine, isn't it? I read the article. Didn't see anything for him to get this worked up about. But as you said, and I try to do, we have to keep fitting the puzzle pieces into the big picture. Of course, then it gets scary.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

sheila b....yes it certainly does get scary. I too was amazed at the speed with which the magazine was taken to the President. Could it be that it is one of his regular reads and it is just a coincidence? Naaaaaaay! Either Rolling Stone gave the heads up or someone on staff did. Thanks. WB


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Bpop....Poppy, I can only see two possiblities...either he was set up or he committed professional "hari-kari" to get out of a situation in which he could not get the support he needed to achieve the objective. Thanks for your feedback. WB


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magnoliazz 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I have a lot of faith in the men of this country, men just like you Wayne. You guys built this country, the greatest the world has ever seen.

I think we could see a second revolution in the near future if things get more chaotic. Its just one weird thing after another, whats next? The American people can't be fooled for too long, sooner or later, the fur is going to fly!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

The Rolling Stone has no business in politics, they grew their reputation on writing about music, bands, artists. This is a conspiracy to get rid of a great warrior indeed a man with balls, a man who like Patton forged ahead and clearly knew the minds of the oppressors. I am disgusted that the American people elected this clown to office. He is a total stumbler. He should be impeached, before it's to late and he sells your country down the drain. He is weakening the country and building animosity from other countries and placing your country in harms way. I hope something is done soon, you are in crisis mode. The bleeding has got to stop. Peace


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@magnoliazz...we have a sect in this country who actually believe that "political and social correctness" will right all wrongs. They think this way because they have risen to a level of affluence that allows them to seek self-actualization in the hierarchy of needs. They make a huge error in not being aware that much of the rest of the world is still operating on the level of basic needs...food, shelter, survival and they believe in survival of the fittest much as animals do. They will cut your throat and leave you dying in your "politically correct" pool of blood if it comes down to that. America must always bargain from a position of strength. When we do, we have the opportunity to show compassion, a trait not available to the weak. WB


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Ken...we have to gain some ground back in the mid-term elections this year and hopefully deadlock the Congress. Then it's on to 2012 with the hopes that conservatism will once again return this nation to a sane and respected position in the world. WB


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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

It is kind of ironic that Obama would so quickly address this particular issue, seeing as he takes his sweet loving time about addressing the really big issues our country is facing. I feel bad for McCrystal - you were correct in your hub - he is out of there! Obama is the one weakening our country - McCrystal I reckon just had the guts to speak out. I believe he said what a lot of us would like to and are thinking. Great hub Wayne!! I rated it up up and up!


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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

Hey Wayne, don't worry about stealing my thunder. The current state of affairs of this country has more than enough issues to write about not to mention Obama himself. Anyways, McChrystal is gone, but guess we all knew that was coming! grrr


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Whidbeywriter...your comments are right on point. Thanks for the read! WB

@rkhyclak...I know you will be there too! Thanks! WB


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I read the Rolling Stones article and it is 90% an interpretation of what the general said rather than what really happened.

McCrystal should speak up and give his version of the facts, but I am sure he will be writing a book about it.

The sad part is that we accept the truth only when is convenient. Remember "you want the truth? you can't handle the truth!" It is exactly that; America can' win in Afganistan; not now and not in the future - nobody has since Ghinghis Khan,(Darius of Peria could not do it and neither could Alexander the Great or the Russian army).

This war is nothing more than wasting lives and billions which makes it absurd and criminal.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Petra, I think what you say bears a lot of truth. We have already been in Afghanistan longer than we were in Vietnam. There are some methods of eradicating life forms from that sector of the earth but I don't think we could get anyone to employ them. Wars that do not revolve around the gaining and holding of ground for functional purposes are quite difficult if not impossible to win. I think we are counting on winning hearts and minds of the tribal people. This plays to my hub "My Democracy" which points out how difficult it is for some cultures to grasp such a concept especially when they are operating in the spectrum of basic survival. WB


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

McCrystal himself said that for every 1 (one) enemy or civilian we kill, we are making 10 (ten) enemies; I wold think that number is a lot higher if you consider the families and friends affected.

Winning hearts and minds with bombs? How ridiculous is that? Did it work in Vietnam? It will ever work anywhere?


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lifelovemystery 4 years ago from Houston, TX

The terms 'hearts and minds' and 'blood and treasure' are marketing terms. They are as useless as the people that use them. Every time Obama refers to loss of American life as 'blood and treasure' I want to trash the tv. He never served. He doesn't understand or care about our military and his intent to weaken this country through a smaller military force should be apparent to everyone.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@lifelovemystery...For those of us who see through this man, the transparency is sickening. His agenda is very apparent and he cares more about carrying it out than anything about America. You see, he knows what is best...his socialist utopia. He grew up a socialist; he surrounded himself with socialist, marxist, and communist...where else can one be going. Sadly, he is selling that bilge to a select group of Americans who so badly want to hear the Pied Piper play his flute. In the meantime, he is dismantling America. WB


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lifelovemystery 4 years ago from Houston, TX

I appreciate your hub. Hope I didn't come off too strong. My son served in Afghanistan for s President that cdlks this a necessary war but won't support it with the resources requested by his generals. He never talks about winning the war. We have lost more soldiers and Marines under his watch than we did in 8 years under Bush. Obama doesn't understand sacrifice and still thinks he stopped the oceans from rising. I'll stop now.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@lifelovemystery...On the contrary, your comments are very appreciated and very appropriate. These are things people need to hear that this president certainly is not going to tell them. Thanks much. WB

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