McChrystal’s Retirement

By: Friday July 23, 2010 11:49 am

It’s at Fort McNair at 6 p.m. and I’ll be covering it for Danger Room. Marc Ambinder and Tom Ricks have some good advance thoughts on Gen. McChrystal’s interrupted career. According to Marc, McChrystal turned down a lucrative consulting offer from Booz Allen. More complete thoughts will come after the ceremony. But whether you were [...]

Send Guns And A Whole Lot Of Taxpayer Money, But Hold The Lawyers

By: Monday June 28, 2010 9:30 am

I’m several days late on this, but whatever Blackwater’s relationship is/was with JSOC, company founder Erik Prince had a snide parting shot for Gen. McChrystal on CNBC: Gen. McChrystal’s a great warrior. Very well respected by the troops, as is Gen. Petraeus. Politically acceptable to do the mission, he was CENTCOM commander. It’s not like [...]

‘Team America’ Makes Things Worse

By: Saturday June 26, 2010 1:51 am

Do you know how you can tell that Stanley McChrystal is an honorable man? Because within hours of learning about the Rolling Stone piece that ultimately sealed his fate as commander in Afghanistan, he took responsibility for what he and his aides were quoted as saying and apologized. He didn’t equivocate. He didn’t blame reporter [...]

#McClusterfuck Denouement At 1:30 …And He’s Gone

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 1:00 pm

I’ve got some Bud Light Lime on my desk right now, courtesy of the Washington Independent’s Annie Lowrey. Till then, read Thomas Ruttig’s excellent assessment that the patient went terminal after President Karzai stole the election. (That’s word to Andrew Exum, who called that.) I’ll be talking about this stuff on al-Hurra at 5 p.m. [...]

Whoever Drives, The Course Remains The Same

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 8:30 am

The decision on Gen. McChrystal’s fate, the president said last night, will be  ”determined entirely on how I can make sure that we have a strategy that justifies the enormous courage and sacrifice that those men and women are making over there, and that ultimately makes this country safer.” That, however, begs the question: stay [...]

McChrystal’s Gift To Biden

By: Tuesday June 22, 2010 11:11 am

I explain at the Washington Independent. McQ at Blackfive explains the depths of McChrystal’s unforced error: Dumb, self-inflicted wound. And regardless of how any officer or member of the military feels about Obama or the rest of the civilian leadership, or how true they feel the sentiments expressed are, they have no business airing them [...]

Pope, Absolve Thyself

By: Monday June 21, 2010 10:18 pm

I’m waiting to hear that either the AP or Rolling Stone misquoted Gen. McChrystal and his staff here, because openly insulting Adm. Eikenberry and disrespecting the vice president and Amb. Holbrooke is uncharacteristically bush-league. From the AP write-up of a forthcoming Rolling Stone piece on McChrystal that I have not read: If Eikenberry had the same [...]

A Contract Is A Contract When They Get One Out On You

By: Monday June 21, 2010 8:30 am

Nine years of contractor-enabled war later, the military has created a new task force to see that U.S. contractor money doesn’t inadvertently subvert U.S. war strategy. It’s called Task Force 2010, and it’s the subject of my Washington Independent story this morning: While it’s too new to have a specific agenda delineated yet, U.S. officials [...]

Afghanistan: The Insufficiently Protected Population

By: Saturday June 19, 2010 10:17 am

According to the latest three-month United Nations report on political and security developments in Afghanistan, NATO-attributable civilian casualties have declined to 30 percent from 33 percent over the last reporting period. That at least shows an attention to NATO’s own findings of a statistical rise in NATO-attributable casualties earlier in the year. So a rise [...]

Have We Forgotten Iraq Already?

By: Tuesday June 15, 2010 7:26 pm

Man, Marc, I dunno about this: When was the last time a U.S. war effort was so tied to one man? An Army friend likes to say, “if there’s one thing the Army taught me, it’s that we’re all replaceable.” Minds wandered there today when Gen. David Petraeus briefly fell ill during his Senate hearing [...]