Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Support the Troops (Fire McChrystal)!

Remember the empty phrase "support the troops" that pro-war types hurled as a conversation stopper during the Bush presidency? Very often, Iraq War supporters said that people who criticized Bush, questioned the need for the offensive, or challenged the veracity of the claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction were showing a lack of respect for the troops.

If that logic was heartfelt, I wonder whether these same individuals will support the firing or resignation of General Stanley McChrystal who, along with members of his staff, became unplugged during an interview with Rolling Stone. The article reports scathing criticism of the Obama administration by McChrystal and his team.

The news has occupied the media and blog world all day. A CNN blog is reporting rumors that McChrystal has already tendered his resignation. Certainly, I would lack confidence in him if I were President Obama.


Joseph said...

You've got it bass ackwards! Support the troops and KEEP McChrystal!

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Thanks for helping me prove my point.

Hippi Chicki Niki said...

Okay, despite the logic of your point, you have to admit that guy is awesome. Like the real life personification of all those movie bad asses that are almost superhuman - with the 4 hours of sleep, one meal a day, 8 mile run thing. The only thing that ruins the whole aura of someone that needs to be played by Clint Eastwood or Bruce Willis in a movie is the fact that his favorite beer is Bud Light Lime. I'm a chick that weighs all of 105 lbs soaking wet and even I thought that sounded weak and wimpy.

Hippi Chicki Niki said...

Oh yeah, I had something serious to add. Sorry, I have trouble spending more than 1/20th of a day not being nutty, quirky and zany. There was a great interview that NPR did of the writer of the Rolling Stone article that was the catalyst for the whole controversy. I think he made the best point about this issue that I have heard anyone make. A paraphrase of it is that McChrystal is the guy you want killing people for you, but he is not the guy you want making policy: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/06/22/128013176/journalist-surprised-by-reaction-to-his-profile-of-gen-stanley-mcchrystal

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