Tuesday, October 6, 2009

WHY DO WE EVEN BOTHER ASKING OUR GENERALS?

On June 10th 2009, General Stanley A McChrystal was made Comander of our forces in Afghanistan. He had the full backing of the President and the approval of the Senate. His job was to evaluate the situation on the ground and report back on what would be needed to complete the job.

Now the interpretation of what completing the job meant may mean different things to different folks, but what it means to me is that we WIN. The meaning of win is of course open to debate (we are talking about Washington DC ... where countless hours were devoted to figuring out what the meaning of "is" was). So to define it further, winning means 1) eliminating the ability of the Taliban and al-Qaeda to effectively mount any further insurgencies (or in lay-man's terms ... kill them) and 2) Install a sustainable Afghan government that is supported by the citizenry and will not harbor terrorists that wish to harm us.

General McChrystal has given a 66-page report describing what needs to be done to "Win" this war. It calls for an additional 40,000 troops to deal with the insurgency and accelerate the training of the Afghan police and military. This plan of action has been endorsed by General David Petraeus (the guy who brought us the "Surge" in Iraq, grabbing victory from the jaws of defeat).

However, there are a bunch of "Generals" in Washington DC that don't like McChyrstal's plan. General Joe (let's divide Iraq into 3 different countries and leave) Biden, thinks that we should stop fighting the insurgents and just train the Afghans, while occasionally firing missiles into Pakistan to kill al-Qaeda targets.

Generals Pelosi and Kerry of course just want to cut and run ... what a surprise!

Hey General Joe ... we tried fighting a war from DC twice before. During the end of the Korean War and during the Viet Nam war, and guess what?

Politicians make lousy Generals!!!

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5 comments:

Nickie Goomba said...

These politicians (on both sides) even make bad politicians. It's a national embarrassment.

Debbie said...

I think General McChrystal's report/request actually had three options of what could be done. The 40,000 was the second option, but not the best option. The third and best option asked for over 100,000 troops. The 40,000 was what was leaked in the media.

Also McChrystal was supposed to be in Washington to brief the president and his advisers this week, but he was told "don't come". Basically, don't call us, we'll call you at some point in the future we we have already decided what we are going to do".

Very sad day for America.

Deborah F. Hamilton
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

perrfect1@!comcast.net said...

Paul, Great post,,,,Of course we don't listen to generals unless they say what we want to hear. Why even ask them unless something political can enter the equation and we get the RIGHT answers....just saying...The neutering process is still being done to our military,,,an ongoing process...

Professor of Life said...

Loved reading your blog my friend, keep up this great work.

WomanHonorThyself said...

spot on but Hussein wont care what they say anyway!.Busy weekend for a change..hope youre doin well!!:)