“It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to Mc Chrystal.“Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was.All they needed was a general with enough charisma and political savvy to implement it.
“The dinner comes with the position, sir,” says his chief of staff, Col. The tables are crowded with silver Panasonic Toughbooks, and blue cables crisscross the hotel’s thick carpet, hooked up to satellite dishes to provide encrypted phone and e-mail communications.
Since Mc Chrystal took over a year ago, the Afghan war has become the exclusive property of the United States.
He’s in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies – to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually allies.
After arriving in Afghanistan last June, the general conducted his own policy review, ordered up by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
The now-infamous report was leaked to the press, and its conclusion was dire: If we didn’t send another 40,000 troops – swelling the number of U. forces in Afghanistan by nearly half – we were in danger of “mission failure.” The White House was furious.