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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Knowing When to Fold 'Em

What were Gen. McChrystal and his staff thinking, inviting a reporter from Rolling Stone magazine to bivouac with them? McChrystal is one of those generals, in the mold of Patton, MacArthur, and Benedict Arnold, who all had problems with authority figures. They’re better at being authority figures than answering to them.

What the RS reporter recorded were off-the-cuff remarks made primarily by McChrystal’s staff during off-hours. Only with reporters, there’s no such thing as off-the-record, off-the-cuff, or off hours, especially reporters from such anti-military publications as RS.

McChrsytal manned up and arrived at the White House with his resignation in hand. What else could he do? He went on record criticizing his commander-in-chief, a big no-no in the armed forces. What else could Obama do but accept it?

Apparently the U.S. Army needs the U.S. Navy’s equivalent of “Loose lips sink ships” to keep their soldiers from shooting themselves in the feet. Or lips.  Shooting from the lip is the way to lose a war.

• Loose tongues scorch lungs?
• Liberal nerds bend words?
• An elbow bent is trust rent.
• Booze to nooze is the way to lose

When in doubt, shut up. When it comes to reporters, there should be no doubt: they’re the enemy. During the planning stages of the Normandy Invasion, the invasion forces were kept locked up for weeks, in case one of them got into a bar and started blabbing.

No one blames McChrystal for his frustration with Obama’s approach to the war, particularly the ROE – Rules of Engagement – in which civilian casualties must be avoided at all costs, making it virtually impossible to engage the enemy and put a real end to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, it is not McChrystal’s resignation we need, but Obama’s. That, of course, is not going to happen. He cannot be disposed of by force. To rid America of this dangerous, freedom-hating dictator, citizen-soldiers, ala the Tea Party, must take to the streets – where they’re visible, not hiding in library rooms or restaurants, and denounce the policies of Obama and the socialist Liberals in every legal, non-violent way possible.

He’s given us plenty of ammunition. Health care reform, financial “reform”, nationalization of industries, the attempted shutdown of the Gulf oil fields, illegal immigration, terrorism. To sum all these policies and more up, he is the worst president the United States has ever had the misfortune to occupy the White House.

We need to send him, and the Liberal Congress, packing, post haste. He needs to be called on the national carpet and redressed by the American people. He needs to know that the American people have no confidence in him, his policies, or his leadership, nor Congress’, either.

The sooner he understands that his tenure in the White House is going to be very short, that he’s about to be history himself, the better for the future history of the United States of America. The sooner America understands that it elected a loser for President, the sooner we can replace him with a winner.

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