THE TWO STOOGES: Fire him, Mr. Prez! Then resign. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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If you were wondering why Afghanistan is in shambles, wonder no more. The military commander has exposed himself as a corrupt immature brat. And his commander-in-chief, meanwhile, is a weak immature brat.
This is what happens when you elect a President with no strength, no experience, no conviction, a President who believes so much in his own greatness that he also believes all obstacles and enemies will bow down before him.
The first clue of the President’s weak narcissism came during the YouTube debates in the summer of 2007. I was taken aback by Obama’s declaration that he would meet with Iran’s Islamofascists without preconditions in his first year. It was starling.
The Iranian problem is intractable; the tensions have endured over five Presidencies. Obama had been in the Illinois Senate just two years prior – zero experience, let alone foreign policy expertise. What made Obama think he was going to waltz into office on day one and make peace with Iran?
Narcissism. Inexperience. Weakness.
It was a major red flag. I though the comments would doom his Presidential chances. Yet somehow, inexplicably, the American people elected him.
When Joe Wilson rudely screamed ‘You lie!’ at the new President during his hell care deform scam speech last summer, we warned that the President’s tepid response would come back to haunt him.
The President should have dressed Wilson down in no uncertain terms and threatened him within an inch of his life. We urged him to do the same when General McChrystal – the military leader of Afghan forces – was caught last fall publicly upbraiding the administration for its military strategy.
Obama’s response? Immediate forgiveness for Wilson and a ten minute tarmac meeting with McChrystal.
I bet that really got those who wish to undermine the Presidency shaking in their boots.
Wilson and McChrystal did what they did because they knew damn well they would get away with it – because this President has no strength, is inert, and dilly dallies. He routinely avoids and outsources tough decisions.
Oh sure, his supporters will whine that his cool and calm is not weakness, but a reflection of his graciousness and an indictment of our relative coarseness.
This was part of their lame argument against Hillary Clinton’s candidacy: she was too divisive and mean. Republicans would not work with her. But as Tina Fey pointed out in her zeitgeist capturing SNL skit defending Clinton: “Bitches get sh-t done.”
Bitches get sh-t done. Not dulcet toned celestial choirs and coolness. Hillary warned that singing kumbaya and holding hands does not solve problems in D.C.:
The Democratic bigwigs who selected Obama did not listen. Vote for Obama, they said. He’s a nice guy. He’s decent. Mean ole nasty America doesn’t deserve such an understanding President.
That’s cute. But now his weakness, oops, I mean his ‘decency’ is putting our lives and those of our troops at risk.
McChrystal is back at it again. We know thanks to – ta dah! – Rolling Stone magazine which has moved past its Kool Aid drinking prObama rag twilight days of 2008 to become a serious outlet for important investigative journalism.
The Rolling Stone article reveals General McChrystal and his staff to be disrespectful, cocky bastards with no respect for the chain of command. Their contempt for the concept of civilian directorship is breathtaking:
The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank.
According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn’t go much better.
“It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his f-cking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”
Oh goody. The McChrystal insubordination article follows Rolling Stone's expose last month of how the Obama administration ignored the oil spill and last year’s explosive takedown of Goldman Sachs and the Wall Street-Washington corporate megacomplex.
It’s a good thing we have Rolling Stone and John Edwards-exposing tabloid National Enquirer around. Lord knows none of the news networks or big newspapers are doing any real journalism these days.
Rolling Stone should set heads rolling – but don’t count on it. This is a Presidency that does not understand that the only thing the military respects is strength and power.
Obama should summon McChrystal to the White House, throw a lamp at him, yell himself hoarse, and then fire him. If they do not understand it already, Obama should make sure no one else in the military ever forgets that it is civilians, not they, who are the ultimate deciders.
America is not a military dictatorship. McChrystal needs a reminder.
McChrystal, like Joe Wilson, is totally out of line. The President should, to paraphrase Bill Clinton, cut off his hands with a meat cleaver.
Instead, Obama will prove McChrystal right by reacting ‘decently’ with ‘coolness’ and ‘understanding.’ Obama’s weak ineptitude confirmed once more, the arrogant insubordinate McChrystal will return to his Afghan post in tact where he can continue to undermine the Presidency.
The enemies of America will rightly peg Obama as weak. More terroristic shenanigans will ensue. In the wake of the fake humanitarian flotilla vs. Israel episode we argued last month that the enemies of freedom are emboldened by this weak administration, which engenders respect from no one.
Oh, except one person in the administration:
In private, Team McChrystal likes to talk sh-t about many of Obama’s top people on the diplomatic side. One aide calls Jim Jones, a retired four-star general and veteran of the Cold War, a “clown” who remains “stuck in 1985.”
Politicians like McCain and Kerry, says another aide, “turn up, have a meeting with Karzai, criticize him at the airport press conference, then get back for the Sunday talk shows. Frankly, it’s not very helpful.”
Only Hillary Clinton receives good reviews from McChrystal’s inner circle. “Hillary had Stan’s back during the strategic review,” says an adviser. “She said, ‘If Stan wants it, give him what he needs.’ ”
Celestial choirs singing yet?
God help us if General McChrystal and President Obama are calling the shots in Afghanistan.
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