Some people seem to think that the question of which uniformed goober is in charge of the imperial bloodbath in Afghanistan is a vitally important issue, worthy of endless exegesis. It is not. It is a meaningless sideshow. What does matter, vitally, deeply, urgently, is the imperial bloodbath itself, and the fact that it will go on, and on, no matter what Barack Obama does or doesn't do about Stanley McChrystal.
If McChrystal goes, another bureaucrat of death will take his place. Until the militarist empire itself is rolled back and broken up, we will continue to see, month after month, year after year, "an amazing number of people who have never proven to be a threat" killed in cold blood -- such as the two little girls who were slaughtered last weekend in Khost.
The real issues here are as follows:
1. The US and NATO are losing what was from the get-go an unwinnable war by any military standards.
2. We are on the absolutely wrong side of history here, and do not have the moral high ground in any way.
3. Our young men and women in military are being put in harm's way daily in a war, ultimately, for private profit in terms of oil, drugs, and minerals.
4. This immoral and illegal war has absolutely nothing to do with the security of the American people, and this administration - and by now, the American people- understand this clearly.