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General McChrystal Couldn’t Fake it Anymore


“This was not the war that the commanding General had in mind, this was not his ambition, this was not the challenge he aspired for and this was certainly not what he was trained for”

General McChrystal, former commander of US forces in Afghanistan

The world we live in, is like a big school, the day we stop learning, is the day we die.

And as students in the big school of life, we all know that in every class room there are students who tend to act out or misbehave. There are students who are trouble makers by nature, or maybe suffer from (ADHD) attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. But those don`t worry me as much as the student who suddenly misbehave after being the topnotch kid of his class, I’m talking about the four- star General, Stanely McChrystal who suddenly started mocking his civilian leaders, and showed disrespect to the American political and military administration.

General McChrystal was summoned to the white house and removed from his command in Afghanistan by President Obama on Wednesday for the general’s disparaging remarks about White House leadership in a Rolling Stone magazine article.

The profile-style article was titled, “The Runaway General.” In it, McChrystall and his aides criticized Obama, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, special envoy Richard Holbrooke and Vice President Joseph Biden.

But why, why would the U.S top Afghanistan commander criticize his civilian administration in such inflammatory and contemptuous way?

May be the answer would seem more apparent if we went through the reasons and common causes of bad behavior in the class room and see if we could apply or even compare them to the status quo and findings in Afghanistan.

Common Causes of Bad Behavior

Psychologists find many reasons for why a student misbehaves regularly in the classroom. They say that the trick for teachers is to observe the child and find out why.

In most cases, teachers will discover that the bad behavior is usually based on one of a few common factors. At any given time, a student may display annoying or unwanted behavior because she/ he
• needs more choices and control
• feels like she/he doesn’t belong, feels lonely
• is frustrated or bored by the lesson
• doesn’t feel safe

And back to the Afghani theatre.When you think of the war in Afghanistan, what images come to mind? Taliban fighters? Burqa-clad women? Poppy fields? Friendly fire? Debating politicians? War protesters?
Well,none of the above images would intrigue or stimulate a professional and highly trained West Point graduate military officer, let alone a General in command of NATO and U.S armies in Afghanistan.
I`m not going to elaborate on the futility of the American war in Afghanistan, for it is becoming more and more apparent with every passing day. But my concern is the impact of this make -believe war on the American military.

Protecting a narco-state controlled by traffickers and warlords, supporting a deeply rooted corrupt karazi government, liberating veiled and oppressed women, caught up in friendly fire and yeiding to misguided and pre staged policy are hardly the satisfactory job descriptions of a top commander of war.

This was not the war that the commanding General had in mind, this was not his ambition, this was not the challenge he aspired for and this was certainly not what he was trained for.

The war in Afghanistan

Students Will Obey the Class Rules if They Understand Their Importance, The American military is waging a war not fully understood, and chasing ghosts of a never seen army.

And that what led Thomas Friedman, to courageously ask, “What do we win if we win?” … and says the answer is: not much.

but while the allied air forces continue the redistribution of the rubble in Kabul, the objectives and purposes of this ” war on terrorism” become, like the dust rising from that battered city, more difficult to comprehend.

These circumstances yielded not much of a choice for the General in command of the Afghanistan war, made him feel like he didn`t belong and added to his frustration and sense of insecurity.

And these grim circumstances were the causes behind the bad behavior of the general, especially that McChrystal was reportedly known for saying and thinking what other military leaders are afraid to, McChrystal preferred criticizing the rationale of the Afghani war to sipping beer while babysitting Hamid karazi.

The reasons behind the cynical and contemptuous remarks made by General McChrystal, reminded me of Al Pacino`s lines in “the Recruit” film, in which he portrayed the character of a CIA agent ” Walter Burke”. And at the finale of the movie he goes;

You think you know me?
You think you know me, don’t you?
You don’t. There was a time…  There’s this parish priest, goes up to the pope, drops down on his knees, starts weeping, asking forgiveness. “Holy Father, Holy Father, what am I to do? “What am I to do?”
l do not believe in God anymore.
What am I to do?” You know what the pope said?
              “Fake it.”
 I couldn’t…fake it… anymore.
              So now I’m gone.

I’m inclined to believe that General McChrystal did vent his grievances over the conduct of the war, in a way that so challenged civilian authority over the military simply because he doubted the legitimacy of this “war on terrorism” in Afghanistan and even more he couldn’t hide what he felt inside. He couldn’t live in a world of make- believe, he couldn’t …fake it.

Obama said McChrystal’s dismissal was needed to safeguard the unity of the war effort but insisted the switch in generals was a “change in personnel but it is not a change in policy.”…I truly think that president Obama should revise and rephrase his statement, because what America really needs in Afghanistan, is a change in policy not in personnel.

Dr. Ashraf Ezzat

Works as a Medical Doctor. Apart from the medical experience, he's always been engaged in writing activities since 2001.
He writes articles about ancient Egyptian history, comparative religion and politics especially the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Founder and board member of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina friends' society. Some of His articles have been published in Egyptian magazines and online publications ( e.g., Salem News.com, Opinion Maker, Dissident Voice, Intifada Palestine, Uprooted Palestinians and My Catbird Seat)
He regrets the fact that most people dismiss the vital role history plays in our life.History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be.
Dr. Ezzat studied video editing and photography in 2010. And has been making some short films and documentaries ever since.
One last thing, he likes listening to opera and classical music.

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36 Responses to "General McChrystal Couldn’t Fake it Anymore"

  1. Lem G.  July 12, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    4 star ZONE commanders stuck with running a war that contains:

    1.) No clear cut strategy to stabilize the current conditions in Afgn.
    2.) A weak and corrupt government run by the “Mayor of Kabul”.
    3.) A national/local security force that may never be able to effectively block insurgency.
    4.) 90% of the world’s heroin production finances BOTH sides of this conflict
    5.) Ever decreasing markers for success.
    6.) Ever more costly to US troops rules of engagement.
    7.) A failed infrastructure.
    8.) A failed educational system > rampant illiteracy.
    9.) A porous border and too much influence from Pakistan’s insurgents.
    10.) A tribal culture based on location, family and war lords.

  2. FAKING A WARGASM IS HARD TO DO  June 30, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Faking of WARGASMS is hard. One has to concentrate on images of Armageddon, blood, guts, veins in one’s teeth, and then whack your pud as hard as you can till you reach the tumultuous death dealing climax of GLOBAL MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION.

    I think McCrystal’s dick was getting sore from all the PUD PULLING!!!

  3. NightFlyer  June 30, 2010 at 10:30 am

    He should not retire but get involved with the Dod and Va and make sure the returning combat veterans get taken care of properly. VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/06/30/va.hospital.hiv/index.html?fbid=0NH-ls1_FRq

  4. Go11bravo  June 30, 2010 at 1:11 am

    It is confusing. I like officers because they seak the truth. We know the Afghan war is unwinable (what would winning look like?) made by people who will never get their pipeline, nor the trillion dollars in underground wealth. The problem is the general’s motivation. Is McChrystal thinking like Colin Powell or Douglas McCarther? We need leaders who will make the country better, not drag further into militarism. My General, please let us know what you are thinking.

  5. vinnie  June 29, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    People should know that these two wars were all staged. the war’s are making crooks and swindlers mainly the wealthy all FILTHY RICH. and america pays for it in human blood.(OUR MILITARY and the populations of IRAQ and Afghanistan. Millions of people die for what ????????? world war II was a real war. for world freedom. all these other CRAPPY WAR’S are now to fill the pockets of world leaders. Brack O’Bama inherent two wars that were all started for CORPORATIONS to profit. OIL CORPORATIONS HAVE A FOOTHOLD IN THE MIDDLE EAST. War brings out the best in crooks and swindlers. our military industrial contractors are making a fortune off this FUNKEY WAR’S. GOOD MEN DIE FOR GREED. I dont know what made the GENERAL WAKE UP. he should have woke up a long time ago, when the little CHIMP BUSH went to war.I beleave these two war’s were all planned by the Republicans that stole the election and the democrat funkey party that went along with it. the attack on america soil was planned. if it can be proved then all these BAST. should be in jails were they belong. I also beleave that ISRAEL has some thing to do with it.Israel controls the world banking system. you can see what greed does to greedy people in the world. the world Economy is now in recession and may go into depression. WE THE PEOPLE MUST RAISE UP AND REGAIN CONTROL OF OUR RUN AWAY GOVERNMENT. The two war’s must stop.TWO TRILLION DOLLARS AND OVER 5000 OF AMERICAS BEST have died for Greed and Money. America needs jobs not war’s.

  6. daniellejudith  June 29, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    chuck, u r right. I couldn’t understand why the General hid the truth about Pat Tillmans’ death till now. The pentagon did find him guilty of fabrication if I’m not mistaken, so it may be a little more to the tillman story(a documentary comes out soon.)
    Hindsight is 20/20. He should have made history by turning the position down. What more of a difference could he have made that would have been better than General Mckiernan? I believe General Mckiernan got a raw deal. Gates stabbed him in the back to get Mcchristal on board and bammmmm;Mcchristal gives them all the smackdown.
    Archie Haase…. good one
    henry… funny

  7. clathey  June 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    When have we ever waged war we DID fully understand.

    Seems that McChrystal was the one reducing the lethal force aspect in exchange for engaging communities. I don’t believe in this war overly much myself anymore or to begin with, for that matter. A good clandestine op or police action would have suited me for punishing Osama and his cohort. Of course there were the Taliban….

    Perhaps McChrystal’s next job opportunity will be as military head of Xe, with suitable financial backing, eh?

    I liked the “irregular” warfare comment–ain’t it so.

    • Michael J Volz  July 1, 2010 at 6:57 am

      If you examine history with an open mind you will find that the jews always understood the war from beggining to end.

      The many Eustace Mullins video interviews bring that to light. If you’re not afraid to be called an antisemite it all comes into focus real quick. Like the Federal Reserve, the game is obvious and criminal from the beginning.

      THE DOOR WILL NOT OPEN WITHOUT THAT KEY.

      Mike

    • Michael J Volz  July 1, 2010 at 7:05 am

      AND THE DOG WON’T HUNT WITH HIS CHOKE COLLAR ON.

      MIKE

  8. Abraham Hafiz Rodriguez  June 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Excellent article VeteransToday! Keep up the good work :)

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  9. Matt  June 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I think McChrystal was set up. The politicians in Washington knew he did not like our ‘Current Leadership’ so in order to get rid of him you give him enough rope to hang himself. That is why they gave Rolling Stones magazine untethered access to McChrystal. Our Regime in Washington knew that McChrystal would vent/spill his guts to RS and that would be justification enough to ditch him.

    • 1SG Retired  June 30, 2010 at 2:27 am

      Yes, Big Mc was set up to be the fall guy. He took the fall so the media will feast on this Rolling Stone interview and even for a short time (one lousy weekend), the media and the nation’s attention gets successfully diverted away from the oil spill down in the gulf which the administration could not contain up to now. Nice job Bro. You can fool some, but you can’t fool everybody…. Bro. Today, the news says the first hurricane is on the way. Then what? Petreus resigns? Oh BTW, if I was Petreus, (which I am not, thank you very much), I will not take a demotion for someone else’s bold remarks re: my commander-in-cheap. They said “he got tapped on the shoulder to succeed Big Mc?) In reality, he got kicked in the hinney for a demotion to replace Big Mc. Is that a good thing? I don’t think so, no matter how you look at it, this demotion is not a promotion Good day folks! Enjoy your day.

  10. Archie Haase  June 29, 2010 at 11:38 am

    One thing war does to an honest person. It makes them more honest.

    • Dr. Ashraf Ezzat  June 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm

      Well said indeed, i couldn`t agree more.

    • Blackcoat  June 30, 2010 at 12:14 am

      “The first casualty of war is the truth.”
      Additionally, It does not matter how much we the people state, to throw out the incumbents, it will never happen. Number one reason is that, “My incumbant is okay and is doing a good job, it is your incumbant that needs the walking papers.” This country is split in many ways and the most glaring is the two party system that each of us defends….. our party no matter what. Semper Fidelis. Blackcoat.

    • Michael J Volz  July 1, 2010 at 6:52 am

      It was never mentioned by the zionist press but all major American Christian congregations condemned the war to begin with, something they failed to do in Viet Nam.

      Jews redefined what “Christian” means to be “John Hagee”.

      JEW OWNED MASS MEDIA MADE IT “UNCOOL” TO BE A CHRISTIAN.
      LOVELY PEOPLE!

      MIKE

  11. Debbie Menon  June 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Jeez, how nicely and thoughtfully written. It makes it so simple — the bad boy who just had to act out his frustrations….

    For a moment there, it flashed across my mind that McChrystal may have had visions of grandeur and was responding to someone’s offer to set himself up for a run at the Presidency in three years. Or to pave the way for his buddy, Dave.

    Yeah, this “frustration, anger and fear” hypothesis is true, and a great many might feel this way, and speak out of turn after one or six too many, but trained disciplined Generals do not simply run off the tracks and blow it in one ad hoc interview on camera. Ad hoc and loud-mouthed mis-behavior by a professional Senior Military Officer let alone a General, I expect is not part of their drill!

    We have not seen the last of Stanley McChrystal.

    Mark my words on that!

    “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” Franklin D. Roosevelt …

    — Debbie Menon

  12. Chuck  June 29, 2010 at 12:17 am

    The Tillman story is getting to be a bunch of crap. How many soldiers have lost
    their life to friendly fire? He is no different except the news media made him a
    martyr, and played up the fact he gave up a million dollar football contract (maybe
    more] to serve his country. McChrystal only signed on to a report that someone else
    prepared. It wasan’t his responsibility to personally investigate it. You people
    need to wake up. Besides, Tillman got a bridge in Colorado half-way named for him.
    His death is a tragedy for his family, but he chose to go; he had no more guarantees than any other soldier. Remember, this is now a volunteer Army.

  13. j r  June 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Everyone has their bullshit limit, the point where you just refuse to take anymore of it. Looks like the general hit his.

    With the record levels of bullshit in the US nowadays, expect more and more people to be hitting theirs, and sometimes it won’t be pretty. It can be very liberating though.

  14. henry  June 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    McChrystal fought hard in Washington last year in order to persuade Obama that he, McChrystal, could bring home the bacon. But all McChrystal could deliver was baloney.

  15. Jed  June 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    If this thesis is correct, that this is not the war McChrystal wanted, then it is not surprising. The Army and all the services continually train for all out wars like WWII. That is the basis for acquiring aircraft, tanks, and ships in great quantities. Military schools tend to examine all conflicts in WWII terms and are seemingly surprised each time another round of “irregular” warfare arrives.

    But the reality is there has only ever been one war of all-out scope for Western civilization and it’s unlikely there would be another. So McChrystal, and others, must accept that the US will continue to fight many wars but they’ll be unpleasant, grinding, and unsatisfying little conflicts.

    • Michael J Volz  July 1, 2010 at 6:46 am

      This is just an engineered slaughter process for the gentiles to kill each other and bankrupt themselves.
      NO MORE COMPLICATED THAN THAT.

      Mike

  16. truth seeker  June 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    interesting theory…but i have an alternative…McCrystal saw the chance to do something that hasn’t been done since Alexander the Great…which puts one in elite company…he felt that he was not being allowed to execute this history making achievement in a way that had a chance of success…so he decided to go all out to either make it happen or get out…
    lot of respect for McCrystal’s talents…but he is going to get royally abused for not going along with the Rothschild plan for the enslavement of humanity

  17. barrie w.  June 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    and so this “war” consumes yet another good man. damn shame. i sure hope he gets to tell his story.

  18. Falesteeni  June 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    hello Amerikkka, Israhell ain’t done with you YET!

    • Michael J Volz  July 1, 2010 at 6:43 am

      You have that right. Typical of our zionist masters, tom friedman: (after the zionists start the fake war on terror) They start criticizing it.

      Obama and Bush did everything they were told, then the zionists start wiping their asses with them. They make fools of everyone!

      Mike

  19. Ghana Serapis  June 28, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Who is willing to be our George Washington at this point and time in history?

    • Dr. Ashraf Ezzat  June 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      That`s a good question, to which , i can not render a satisfying answer.!!

    • MK  June 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      Dear Ghana Serapis and Dr. Ashraf Ezzat,

      The answer is actually pretty simple. We must be willing to be our own George Washington at this point in our history. During the Viet Nam war, I had friends who attended Harvard and refused to pay certain taxes (like phone-related ones) that went to government-contractors/agencies involved in the war.

      Since our current government is so deeply enmeshed in the war industry, it is time to take this effort more broadstream. Like the notax on the 15th group that calls on everybody to not buy things on the 15th of the month until the policies are changed in this country, we must begin to withhold our money from the war machine. We also have to be very diligent in getting rid of all the of the politicians behind the current mess.

      Somebody came up with a slogan that I really like for the next election: IF YOU’RE IN–YOU ARE OUT. He is calling for a complete rout of all incumbents. I think that people across the country should make up bumper stickers saying “IF YOU’RE IN–YOU ARE OUT: VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENTS” and sell them, give them whatever to as many people as possible. Let’s get the entire nation’s cars and all of its buses with one of these stickers. Everybody should volunteer to work at the elections and make sure that those contemplating stealing the elections are scared of trying. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF THESE STICKERS ARE EVERYWHERE AND THE INCUMBENTS WIN…IT BECOMES CLEAR THAT THE ELECTIONS ARE RIGGED. Furthermore, everybody who is serious about changing things needs to organize phone campaigns to live talk shows and just keep saying: ‘IF YOU’RE IN–YOU ARE OUT. VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENTS” until it is the only thing that the media can talk about.

      Just a suggestion.

      MK

    • 1SG Retired  June 30, 2010 at 2:07 am

      MK, Where do I sign up? I am all in favor of your ideas and here’s some more below. I too want to rout-out all the incumbents who like Byrd and the Kennedy’s who’s made the Capitol Hill their home for over 40 to 50 years and homestead it so no one can kick them out, then got too powerful and did what they want to not what the constituents voted for them to do. We need to change our constitutional bylaws so the terms on any elected political job should be no more than 8 years. For US Presidency and his Vice should be reduced down to only 4 years max and eliminate the lifetime of full pay and priviledges… Or better yet, let the people vote if the outgoing president deserves a lifetime of pay or not. If the people votes no, he will not get a lifetime of full pay so his pay is predicated on his job performance while in office? uhuh! He will however get a lifetime of secret service and free stamps. Whoopteee doooo. Then the rest of the elected offices all the way down to the city council across the nation, 8 is enough and no excuses. Remove the golden fleece retirement system. They all will have to find another job after the 4 or 8 years or they will go maximum of 6 months of unemployment benefit exactly the same way they cut-off for my EDD-UI benefits this month. Let’s see how far these mongols will go, but either way, when the voters speak, they don’t have a choice but to pact and leave town and we do need to run all of them out of their offices. Everyone of them. It’s time we do a complete “Shakedown” and like we used to do on active duty, we wake-up everybody in the middle of the night then everyone is led out away from the barracks unexpectedly then the MP’s and their highly trained drug-sniffing attack K-9’s goes through the entire barracks and find all the dopes out of the wholel building. Then those guilty, the next step is jail time and Dishonorable or Bad Conduct Discharge. But in the case of the people up on the hill – whenever there are illegal activities that comes out in the open, substantiated or not, they will be suspended without pay, stripped of their duties and congressional rights pending results of the investigations and trial. If found guilty, no more reprimands but jail time, just like any other Joe Blow Taxpayer caught in the act. No more “I am a Congressman, or I am a US Senator you can’t arrest me bull crap.” That’s only done in Hollywood. So, tell me, where can I order these bumper stickers. I am tempted to order a box. BTW, another idea, let the American people vote new rules into laws not these congressman and senators. So let us circulate a petition for the whole country to sign online or in post offices around the 50 states. It is time we take back our country and government from these corrupt mongols. Let us begin now so we can rout out the rest of them hold-overs after this coming mid-term elections. Pls reply on this site. God Bless America. Whoooaaaa!

  20. schlarmie  June 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    From his comments to the reporter from Rolling Stone Magazine, I believe that what Gen. McChrystal couldn’t fake anymore was his contempt for American Democracy and its civilian control over the military. Gen. McChrystal seems to be the run of the mill Caesar, who wanted full dictatorial control over the Government and the Pentagon. Gen. McChrystal’s critique of those in the Rolling Stone article presented a man who seems to think that he was capable of doing everyone’s job but his own. The General should have been fired with his handling of Pat Tillman’s death which was beyond reprehensible.

    If the General was as disatisfied with direction the war in Afghanistan was going, he had other avenues of recourse. General McChrystal’s behavior was truly conduct unbecoming any officer.

  21. usna90  June 29, 2010 at 2:46 am

    I agree with the Tillman affair totally being sabatoged and covered up…I think officers in general are ‘unbecoming’ if they blindly follow illegititmate orders that have the ‘color of law’ but are rooted in a dissolved government that does not follow the rule of law. Nationalism is great but to a fault for those that always say, “thank you for your service…” Do they really know who we are serving and who writes the white papers that float around think tanks to become foreign policy which is always steered and engineered by those that think ‘military men are dumb stupid animals to be used as our pawns in a game.” (Kissinger) You know the military has the NCIS, CID, and OSI to handle our thugs that join up, just like any other cross section of Americans or people…The General must have found out Bin Laden has been dead for a couple of years (Pakistani Prime Minister in an interview), and said “I can’t go along with increasing opium in Afganistan up to 300% when the Taliban had it to almost nothing (CIA.gov)…wake up veterans…and pray our troops that are serving won’t be part of the ’29 palms’ surveyed population of 40% that will fire on Americans if ordered or can’t decide if they would…duh…what’s my sign on bonus?

  22. Dr. Ashraf Ezzat  June 29, 2010 at 5:32 am

    usna90,
    Let`s assume that Bin Laden is still alive and kicking, and the American military will have eventually managed to eliminate him before God knows when.
    Would that make a difference, whould that turn this charade into a MAKE-BELIEVE WIN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE.!!
    What the Americans don`t know is, you kill this Bin Laden CLOWN, and you will simply create a MARTYR out of him, and this is a far more hazardous situation.

  23. Lawrence A Dickerson  June 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    No truer words were ever spoken regarding this elusive manhunt for Bin Laden.There are those who wrote for VT that assure us th Bin Laden has already been killed but your statement almost proves that he hasn’t and is still hiding in plain sight while directing the war effort.The political and religious outcry declaring him the martyr is absent.

    General McChrystal’s story will be published as is every top military personnel upon retirement.He will not violate security measures set in place by that civilian oversight;however,reading between the lines and Time Magazine,the world will be able to discern the truth according to the General.

    I enjoyed your article immensely and I appreciate any piece of journalism that is thought provoking.I was disappointed at the anti-Semite’s who have to bring that into play regardless of th subject matter.

  24. Dr. Ashraf Ezzat  June 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you for the nice words, i`m glad you liked the post.
    I enjoyed your comment as well.

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