|July 11, 2010||McChrystal knew what he was doing.|
This is an interesting take on strategy:
OFF THE WALL
Am I the only one in this country that thinks that General Stanley McChrystal is a very smart man and he knew exactly what he was doing when he gave Rolling
Stone Magazine access to himself and his staff?
What would you do if you were commander of a war in which your orders of operation precluded firing of the first shot in a war zone?
What would you do if your soldiers were ordered not to chamber the first round in their weapon when they went on patrol?
What if you felt there was no way to win fighting under Obama's rules of engagement?
What if you knew that these orders were going to mean many deaths amongst your men and women, with June bringing the largest death toll of the war in Afghanistan?
What if you knew you couldn't quit in the middle of the war and if you did you would
become a bum in the eyes of the public? What if you didn't want any more deaths on your conscience?
So a story gets written by an admitted leftist and the President has no choice but to
relieve you of command. What are the consequences of this action?
General McChrystal retires on a great pension. He has his reputation intact. Everyone who dislikes Obama will consider McChrystal a hero.
Someone on TV said that he would never have to pay for another drink at a bar or pay for a round of golf, assuming he plays golf.
Once his pension papers are signed and he is discharged he goes on the speaking circuit at $100,000 per speech.
Now some of you may think this is distasteful, but I think it very clever and who knows how far this will take him in politics. It's about time we had someone who was smart, had the discipline of the military, and in my mind is an ethical and shrewd man who got out of a bad situation and will be able to capitalize on it.
I could go on, but then it would become a political commentary and I want to keep it at a pure level of being smart enough to extract yourself from a lose-lose situation.
Who of you wouldn't have done the same thing?
I salute General McChrystal and I'm sure we will soon be hearing many stories from the man who knows what he's doing.
(Harold L. Katz is a partner in an accounting firm in Los Angeles)
God Bless American, and what it stands for.