GEN Stanley McChrystal.
Ninja Warrior by all accounts.
Apparently, not afraid to speak his mind?
The article goes on to paint McChrystal as a man who “has managed to piss off almost everyone with a stake in the conflict,” including U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Special Representative to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke and National Security Adviser Jim Jones.
Of Eikenberry, who railed against McChrystal’s strategy in Afghanistan in a cable leaked to The New York Times in January, the general said, “‘Here’s one that covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say, “I told you so.'”
ADM Fallon walked away from CENTCOM for saying much, much less. And he was a COCOM.
I can’t imagine that GEN McChrystal will stay around much longer following this little bit of fun.
The big question is this… you don’t get to his level without knowing what you’re doing. There simply are no “Oh, I didn’t think that would get printed.” moments.
So, is he looking for an easy way out of a horrible problem as he tries to fight the Afghan war with the Iraq playbook and an administration that isn’t what you’d call 100% supportive?
or is he really this politically inept?