United States McChrystal affair

This video from the USA is called Rolling Stone Editor: McChrystal Camp Didn’t Take Issue With Our Story.

The recall of Gen. McChrystal from Afghanistan underscores both the deep disarray plaguing the nearly nine-year-old US war, as well as the military command’s increasing contempt for civilian control: here.

Will a Rolling Stone article torpedo Gen. McChrystal‘s career?

General’s Job Is in Doubt After Exposing Afghan Rifts: here.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings on McChrystal – ‘The Runaway General’: here.

McChrystal is one big part of a much larger problem with Afghanistan. He’s got to go: here.

Terminating a Runaway General? Yes. But the Crying Need is to Terminate a Runaway War: here.

The U.S. State Department has awarded a $120 million contract to the U.S. Training Center, a business unit of the notorious military contractor formerly known as Blackwater (now known by the cryptic name Xe). The company is to begin work as soon as possible, providing security services in the Afghan cities of Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif for up to a year: here.

Can McChrystal. Then, can the whole Afghan policy, says Robert Dreyfuss: here.

Obama Fires McChrystal: here.

Australia’s defence minister has revealed that he aims to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in two years: here.

4 thoughts on “United States McChrystal affair

  1. Australia troops could leave Afghanistan in 3 years

    (AFP) – 2 hours ago

    SYDNEY — Australia could complete its core mission and pull hundreds of troops out of Afghanistan in as few as three years, Defence Minister John Faulkner said on Wednesday.

    “Australia should complete its training mission with the Afghan National Army in a period of two to four years,” Faulkner said, adding that troops would be likely to stay for a further 12 months in an oversight role.

    Faulkner’s comments come in the nation’s bloodiest month since joining coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2001 — with five soldiers dying in attacks and a helicopter crash since June 7.

    Australia has some 1,550 soldiers in Afghanistan working alongside the Dutch in southern Uruzgan province, mostly training Afghan National Army soldiers.

    Faulkner refused to provide a definitive time frame but said the Australian Defence Force had advised him that it would take two to four years for Afghan soldiers to take over main security responsibilities in the restive region.

    “What it means is that at some point in that two to four year time frame we would see our training mission transition to an overwatch role and that would obviously mean at that time we would start to see a reduction in the number of Australian troops in Afghanistan,” he told reporters in Canberra.

    He said any drawdown would be influenced by conditions on the ground at the time.

    Faulkner also announced that a US-led multinational unit will take over from Dutch troops who are currently working with Australians in the restive province but are due to start withdrawing in August.

    Copyright © 2010 AFP. All rights reserved


  2. The “war” in Afghanistan is now the longest “war” in U.S. history. For what?

    George W. Bush let Osama bin Laden escape from Tora Bora way back in 2001, and then pulled troops and supplies out of Afghanistan so he could conquer Iraq.

    Since then, we’ve been “fighting” the Taliban, not the few remaining Al Qaeda. But we’re not really “fighting” them, we’re actually paying them protection money to let supply trucks reach our troops.

    Rather than pay extortion to the Taliban – with our tax dollars! – it’s time to bring our troops safely home.

    Tell Congress to vote NO on the $33 Billion supplemental for Afghanistan


    To make matters worse, Gen. Stanley McChrystal made headlines with insubordinate attacks on his superiors.

    One year ago, Gen. McChrystal was put in charge of the “war” to devise a “winning” strategy. One year later, his strategy isn’t “winning” because Afghanistan remains as massively corrupt as ever, under the hopelessly corrupt leadership of Hamid Karzai.

    Tell Congress to vote NO on the $33 Billion supplemental for Afghanistan


    American taxpayers can’t afford the endless occcupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. We’ve already “spent” (actually just borrowed) over $1 trillion and sacrificed over 5,535 brave soldiers.

    As our national debt spirals out of control, President Obama’s Deficit Commission is secretly plotting cuts in Social Security and Medicare – instead of ending the disastrous “wars.”

    Under the Constitution, Congress alone has the power to fund wars. After eight disastrous years, it’s time for Congress to use its power to bring our troops safely home from Afghanistan.

    Tell Congress to vote NO on the $33 Billion supplemental for Afghanistan


    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik


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