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June 22, 2010

The Options Are On The Table...And Elvis Has Left the Building


Firing Gen. Stanley McChrystal is "on the table" for an angry President Barack Obama on Wednesday. The White House tersely refused to endorse keeping McChrystal on as commander of troops in Afghanistan at its daily breifing, warning only that the administration will have more to say after Obama and McChrystal meet on Wednesday.

"Suffice it to say, our combatant commander does not usually participate in these meetings from Washington," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters at his daily press briefing.

Gibbs coldly told reporters that McChrystal would have Obama's "undivided attention" on Wednesday.

"I would say all options are on the table," Gibbs said as to whether McChrystal could be fired. "The president will speak with Gen. McChrystal about his comments, and we'll have more to say after that meeting," Gibbs explained.

When Gibbsy says the options are on the table, you know there's some serious mojo working.

Posted by Cassandra at June 22, 2010 01:48 PM

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I'm beginning to wonder if this is a desperate gamble to get the President engaged on the issue. McChyrstal left Obama with almost no choice but to fire him. This would force Obama to replace him and fully own the endeavor. I just can't make much sense out of this.

Posted by: Allen at June 22, 2010 02:52 PM

It's the nuclear option.

MacArthur wasn't too happy with Truman's decision to raking up casualties for a "cease fire deal" that we still haven't "gotten out of" in Korea. He wanted to win.

So does McChrystal. But winning against the enemies can't be done under current leadership. Yet, if McChrystal quits, he will never win. He will have abdicated his ability to win.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 22, 2010 04:37 PM

It looks to me (ignore me, I'm an idiot about such things) that if McCrystal stays, because of the current SNAFU he loses the war; if he leaves (retires), because of the perpetuation of the SNAFU the war is lost, and if he's fired ... the war might be won. Presumably he will inform either The Won or his successor (or both) what he sees as the possible path to victory.

I doubt that "dithering about" has much to do with it.

Posted by: htom at June 22, 2010 05:00 PM

"Yet, if McChrystal quits, he will never win. He will have abdicated his ability to win."

True, he won't win. But his successor might, if McChrystal's actions succeed in shaking up the White House. Long odds on that, I know, but I think he was out of other options.

Posted by: Cousin Dave at June 22, 2010 05:10 PM

But his successor might, if McChrystal's actions succeed in shaking up the White House.

Other than Petraeus, I can't think of a likely candidate. Maybe we can bring back the Ambassador, Ki something, back to military service so he can once again assume command of Afghanistan like he did in 02 to 05.

And even if you got a likely candidate, Obama would still be Obama. Feckless and happy whenever Americans suffer.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 22, 2010 05:57 PM

Other than Petraeus, indeed. Plus timestamp

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 24, 2010 12:25 PM

And it really looks like that no matter how "sharp" a person is, he is still human. Rather than being a disappointment, that actually reassures me that my original analysis of One Man Rule on Obama was correct. No matter who the Left gets to be their Golden Boy, humans are still humans, and Utopia is still No Place in existence.

The reporter only got a month with mcChrystal cause of the volcano. God's hand perhaps or the Devil's? Who knows. But Grim described the meet as being initiated in a social setting, allowing the reporter to "stealth infiltrate" their confidences, Team America's confidences.

But here's the deal. Rolling Stones reporter=Democrat. McChrystal=Democrat? Another point of "comrade ship". But Democrats always eat their own. Guess nobody told McChrystal that.

But if MC banned Fox news from his HQ, I can't say this is unexpected. Using ideological blinkers on for PR, propaganda, and psychological warfare projections? Beyond foolish. It's like "wounding" Z-man instead of just blowing him away.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 24, 2010 12:30 PM