McChrystal Says U.S. Ambassador 'Betrayed' Him With Criticism of Afghan War Strategy

The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan told an interviewer he felt betrayed by the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.

An article out this week in "Rolling Stone" magazine depicts Gen. Stanley McChrystal as a lone wolf on the outs with many important figures in the Obama administration and unable to convince even some of his own soldiers that his strategy can win the war.

A band of McChrystal's profane, irreverent aides are quoted mocking Vice President Joe Biden and Richard Holbrooke, the special U.S. representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

McChrystal himself is described by an aide as "disappointed" in his first Oval Office meeting with an unprepared President Barack Obama. The article says that although McChrystal voted for Obama, the two failed to connect from the start. Obama called McChrystal on the carpet last fall for speaking too bluntly about his desire for more troops.

foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/21/mcchrystal-says-ambassador-betrayed-criticism-afghan-war-strategy/

McChrystal Apologies for Incendiary Article
wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/mcchrystal-apologies-for-incendiary-article/

article.nationalreview.com/437185/the-unengaged-president/mark-steyn

McChrystal remains pretty much an enigma. that a general would ban FOX and invite Rolling Stone into his inner circles is about as bizarre a scenario as anyone could be presented with.

Then again, maybe he was just doing what he had to do to abandon a sinking ship. Mark Steyn points out just how unengaged Obama is in actually providing a semblance of direction to what is to be done in Afghanistan.

There has been a literal collapse of leadership and direction on behalf of the American war efforts in Afghanistan. Why wouldn't Taliban be enticedby Karzai with enticements of pivotal roles in the central government as American leadership muses of leaving in a year.

Is it really on the plus side that MoveOn.org has now removed its ad on General Betray Us then. all signs are go that pay back is coming, and he will be the one who is going to be betrayed as he is saddled with being the general who will author America's next Vietnam.

Losing Vietnam of course had relatively mild repercussions in that only the genocide of a few million Cambodians was the final result. It is a new neighborhood now. Pakistan is nuclear. One can only shudder at what kind of world that Pakistan falling to a reinvigorated Taliban-cong will lead us into.

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