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What is the real deal behind the Obama/McChrystal spat?

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No nation has ever benefited from a prolonged war.” Sun Tzu

Now that it has been about a week since General Stanley McChrystal resigned (and I use that word very loosely), it is perhaps a good time to reflect on exactly what is going on here.  On the surface, it may have been a spat over personalities or tactics. But we may be witnessing is one of those rare moments when a general actually does speak from the heart.  Obama given that he is the Commander-in-Chief is free to name his commanders as he desires. I’m sure at least behind the scenes there have always been some disagreements between the political and military elements on strategy and tactics. The people in the military are trained to follow orders, most often regardless of what the orders are. How often an officer or soldier “mentally” questions policies, strategies or tactics is hard to determine.  For the most part, they will just follow orders.     I mean consider the alternative. But if someone in the military can’t have an honest discussion about strategy and tactics with the Commander-in-Chief without being booted out, then what was all that talk about liberating the Afghans and Iraqis really about?

One of the best books written on what really goes on in war is “War is a Racket” by Smedley Butler. It is not something you would read about in your standard textbooks. For example, did you know that American troops have been sent overseas at least 200 times since 1800?

But ultimately, I don’t think a difference in policies, strategy or tactics was the real reason McChrystal was “let go”.  Obama simply can’t handle the notion that anyone would even think much less express the slightest tinge of disagreement over him or his policies which are of themselves the same as they have been since the late 19th century.

I can’t help but to notice how everyone or most everyone are or were acting as if Obama was some sort of messiah. That ideal burning brightly just 18 months ago has worn off. Upon Obama taking office, I wrote:

“While it is still early to come to definite conclusions about what he will do, just based on what he proposes to do which is more of the same ole policies coming from Washington and his current nominations for various cabinet positions whom are mostly long-time Washington insiders, I have no reason to believe that things will get any better anytime soon. So it will be More Of The Same. Perhaps when he mentions change, he means change for the worst.”

As if things weren’t bad enough before he first took office. I will leave it at that. As I’ve been pointing out for years: you can come to your own conclusions.

Written by chrisforliberty

June 30, 2010 at 11:03 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. Great post, very informative. Keep up the good work, Thanks.


    June 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm

  2. […] Obama like most politicians displays symptoms of narcissism specifically Acquired situational narcissism. Acquired situational narcissism (ASN) is a form of narcissism that usually develops in late adolescence or adulthood, brought on by wealth, fame and the other trappings of celebrity. […]

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