Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been relieved of his duties by the most under-qualified President of the United States in American history.
The truth has set McChrystal free. He is freed from the tepid American military effort in Afghanistan, an effort hindered by a President who does not lead, who allows military and civilian insiders to bicker and snipe, and who has little regard for American military strength and those who sustain it.
Considering that the Obama White House is defiantly uncommitted to dealing aggressively with our nation’s enemies, it sure has a proclivity for dropping bombs. F-bombs, to be precise.
This White House tolerates a Vice President who erupts about what a “big f—ing deal” ObamaCare’s passage will be. It operates under a chief of staff who denigrates the decisions of others as “f—ing retarded”.
Now, press secretary Robert Gibbs expects us to believe Barack Obama is outraged about a magazine, read mostly by aging 1970s war protesters, that hires a writer who, apparently, loves typing the “f” word and did so four times in a profile of McChrystal.
Somehow a reckless presidency that acts by decree without regard for the rule of law is less egregious than a reckless decision by McChrystal’s civilian communications advisor to give a vehemently antiwar journalist full access to the general and his staff.
Not one f-bomb was attributed to McChrystal, the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Two were introduced by the author, Michael Hastings, who has crafted war coverage and analysis for such left-of-center digital media outlets as Salon, Slate and True/Slant. Two others were contained in unattributed comments by “aides”.
The revelation of the Rolling Stone piece is not that politicians and military personnel curse like sailors and don’t always get along. The Rolling Stone episode that brought down a four-star general is a stark reminder that the dictatorial Obama and his disciples do not tolerate truth and transparency.
We’ve seen it before. During the 2008 campaign, Sam Wurzelbacher (Joe The Plumber) was savaged by the compliant mainstream media after he dared challenge candidate Obama’s wish to “spread the wealth around”.
When Obama led the government takeover of the American auto industry, General Motors chief Rick Wagoner was fired – by the feds, not by GM. Unprecedented.
A Cambridge, Mass., police officer arrests one of Obama’s buddies, a (black) Harvard professor, for obstructive conduct. Obama hurls the officer under the bus. He “acted stupidly,” Obama said, though the truth was the (white) officer acted appropriately.
The list goes on: South Carolina Rep. Joe (“You lied”) Wilson. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (immigration enforcement). Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (BP disaster support).
But this is the Obama way: Attack any and all who oppose his version of reality, who dare to tread too close to the truth. In this case, as The Heritage Foundation’s Mike Brownfield writes this morning, the Hastings piece “revealed a larger problem for the president — festering, internal dissension regarding his administration’s Afghanistan strategy.”
Rolling Stone headlined its story, The Runaway General. It is merely a chapter in the story of a Runaway Presidency.