Officials say that President Obama was “furious” with the General following his pointed remarks at a London speech the day prior. At the speech, Gen. McChrystal mocked Vice President Biden’s call to scale back the objectives of the eight year long war, saying it would lead to “Chaos-istan” and insisting that he would never accept such a plan.
McChrystal was appointed to this position by Obama only last June, when his predecessor was unceremoniously and quickly sacked.
It could be that McChrystal is pulling a "Douglas McArthur" here, by attempting to do an end-run around the administration to get more troops for the fight, and to garner more pubic support for yet another "surge".
In that case, he may well find himself kicked out of this job also, after only 4 months at it, with Obama having used him as a "scapegoat" for having told the world the truth as he sees it, and that may well be what has made Obama "furious" about Mc Chrystal's London speech.
The "scaling back" of objectives here will not translate as any kind of victory here, and all the blood and money which has been spent will have meant nothing, which is about what the situation looks like in Afghanistan, 8 years on.
The hatred of the Afghan people against any kind of occupiers is legendary, and something which the original US civilian and military leadership which "planned" the invasion and occupation apparently never thought to consider.
So now, what? We should have our military leave immediately, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing for the oil pipeline routes to control Eurasian oil.
But of course, the Bush administration thought that a war would be "cheaper" than what the Taliban was demanding in August of 2001.
Of course, that would be logical.