IS GENERAL STANLEY McCHRYSTAL THE NEXT “HELEN THOMAS?”
General Stanley McChrystal, top US commander in Afghanistan has been summoned home for a “briefing,” read “waterboarding session” after news of an upcoming article in this week’s Rolling Stone magazine hit the White House. His crime? General McChrystal is guilty of honesty, discernment, good judgement and communicating his sanity in private with the kind of candor we lived without during the Bush years, much to our sorrow. It is obvious that General McChrystal was targeted, not unlike White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Why? Who or what did General McChrystal threaten?
I haven’t always been a big fan of General McChrystal. His willingness to “toe the line” in the face of something well beyond disaster, too often seeming to be more part of the problem than the solution has cost him credibility. Whether his actions and seeming lack of leadership was careerism or simply as it may be coming out now, the fact that he has been drowning in a sea of manure has become clear and the general, in my opinion, is the better for letting us know. It’s not like this isn’t a total disaster, this thing in Afghanistan, corruption, drugs, failure coming out our ears.