Retired general cautions against overuse of "hated" drones

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CMEBARK wrote:

And who got us into this mess…BUSH!!!

Jan 07, 2013 9:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
AZreb wrote:

McChrystal’s lies about the death of Pat Tillman leave him no room to talk of “mistrust”. The lies, in and of themselves, would be more than enough to ask for his resignation.

Jan 07, 2013 9:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
ErnestPayne wrote:

Mistrust the pentagon? President Obama and everybody else with an IQ higher than my toaster. Remember the pentagon said that it could fight and win one small and one large war simultaneously.

Jan 07, 2013 10:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
GuyMontag999 wrote:

This past Memorial Day, I spoke with Mary Tillman (Pat Tillman’s mother) who said seeing Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the news was “like rubbing salt in a wound.” Unfortunately, this old general just won’t fade away. His just-released memoir, “My Share of the Task,” promises to “frankly explore the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career.”

However, despite McChrystal’s much vaunted “candor,” it appears his memoir whitewashes or ignores the controversies of his career. For example, he simply repeats his lecture circuit BS that there was no cover-up of Pat Tillman’s 2004 friendly-fire death, merely “well-intentioned mistakes.” And, McChrystal “still declines to confirm or deny the accuracy of the quotes” of Michael Hasting’s “Rolling Stone” profile which got him fired (McChrystal doesn’t even mention Hastings by name, nor does he counter his 2012 book, “The Operators” which details “Le’Affair Rolling Stan”).

In April 2011, just after McChrystal was supposedly cleared by the Pentagon’s NYT reporter Thom Shanker of “all wrongdoing” in the “Rolling Stone” case, President Obama appointed him to head up the “Joining Forces” program to support military veterans and their families. In response, Mary Tillman said, “It’s a slap in the face to appoint this man” … “He deliberately helped cover up Pat’s death”… someone who has a heartfelt desire to help families would not have been involved in the cover-up of a soldier’s death…”

McChrystal has said, “The one thing you can never, and should never want to dodge, is responsibility.” But, it appears that he has “dodged” taking responsibility for his central role in the Tillman cover-up, the use of torture by JSOC forces under his command, how he helped “box in” President Obama into his strategically flawed Afghan War “surge,” and for “Le’Affair Rolling Stan (for details, see the post, “Never Shall I Fail My Comrades” — The Dark Legacy of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, at the Feral Firefighter blog).

Finally, I’m curious to see how well his story of the capture of Saddam Hussein and the killing of Abu Zarqawi matches previous accounts (“We found Zarqawi in spite of the way the task force [McChrystal’s TF 145] did business”).

In the past, I used to have a grudging respect for McChrystal when he simply refused to comment about the Pat Tillman story. But, if McChrystal won’t confess the truth, I feel he ought to take the advice of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who offered up a barbed assessment of how the White House had “spun” the Bin Laden raid: “I have a new communications approach to recommend … Shut the — up.”

Jan 07, 2013 11:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
uc8tcme wrote:

CYA – the first one out of the administration tells their side of the story and it is suppose to be 100% beleivable. This full story will not be heard until years after Obama is out of office. I suspend judgement.

Jan 07, 2013 5:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ChicagoFats wrote:

Obama could use a smart military man in his shadow cabinet to tell him
“bad idea!” once in a while. Too bad McChrystal has so much baggage. It would be hard to trust him to say anything that isn’t totally self-serving. Too bad.

Jan 07, 2013 7:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
justinolcb wrote:

Naa Obama knows sooo much more than any career professional could ever know – just like he’s demonstrated with Obamacare he knows more than any medical professional, and in business he knows more than any CEO, so why would anyone think he would need advice from military experts??!!?? Medical costs have never been higher, businesses are still not highering with 21 million people still unemployed 4 ½ years laters, and his administration’s drone program has killed more people in 4 years than Bush in 8 years – but Obama somehow has a Noble Peace Prize??!!?? Go figure!

Jan 08, 2013 7:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
justinolcb wrote:

Naa Obama knows sooo much more than any career professional could ever know – just like he’s demonstrated with Obamacare he knows more than any medical professional, and in business he knows more than any CEO, so why would anyone think he would need advice from military experts??!!?? Medical costs have never been higher, businesses are still not highering with 21 million people still unemployed 4 ½ years laters, and his administration’s drone program has killed more people in 4 years than Bush in 8 years – but Obama somehow has a Noble Peace Prize??!!?? Go figure!

Jan 08, 2013 7:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
justinolcb wrote:

Naa Obama knows sooo much more than any career professional could ever know – just like he’s demonstrated with Obamacare he knows more than any medical professional, and in business he knows more than any CEO, so why would anyone think he would need advice from military experts??!!?? Medical costs have never been higher, businesses are still not highering with 21 million people still unemployed 4 ½ years laters, and his administration’s drone program has killed more people in 4 years than Bush in 8 years – but Obama somehow has a Noble Peace Prize??!!?? Go figure!

Jan 08, 2013 7:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
Eric93 wrote:

Just what we need……more Neo-Fascist Imperialist Fiends in our government to help kill more people in countries we don’t need troops in while wasting hundreds of billions of dollars of the taxpayers money. It’s no wonder so many Americans have given up their citizenship in disgust and left for more civilized countries. As for the use of the drones, well I won’t be surprised to see them flying over US cities in the near future on similar raids on people who don’t agree with what’s going on in Washington.

Jan 08, 2013 11:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
jcfl wrote:

@justinolcb
suggest you adjust your meds so you don’t stutter on the “enter” key.

Jan 08, 2013 1:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jcfl wrote:

@eric93
where’s your trailer? just kidding! always amazes me how high the level of paranoia is.

Jan 08, 2013 1:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
leumasmc wrote:

Well, reorganization of the CIA is probably causing this mess. An assassination by an agent is much quieter and much more acceptable to allied nations than drone strikes. CIA services were already fighting the war in Afghanistan before drones were in vogue, but since Obama came in to office the methods have changed dramatically. If we are going to impinge upon an allied nation’s sovereignty, we might as well do it quietly and precisely with the least collateral damage possible.

Jan 08, 2013 3:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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