Friday, June 25, 2010

The Politics of Exposure

This was an interesting take on McChrystal with which I agree; so naturally I think it's good and worth reading.

The Politics of Exposure 

or we could say the politics of gotcha. It is a superficial world where people are distracted by the shallow and don't want to be bothered learning the deep.

5 comments:

Dion said...

I think the American occupation of Afghanistan is a futile attempt at nation building which will bleed both countries until we get the hell out of there. Obama-McChrystal-David Brooks-Frank Rich-Fox News-Good-Bad... all part of the circus.

Kay Dennison said...

I think Brooks makes some excellent points but the bottom line is that McChrystal put his foot in his mouth and dick in the wringer and there are consequences with the media circus of today.

It only took the Soviets 12 years to figure out that Afghanistan was a waste of time. I think it's time to write it off. Read James Michener's Caravans for an excellent perspective on that sad country.

Rain said...

If McChrystal wasn't doing a good job, that's cause for removing him and it appears, as ingineer mentioned somewhere else that might be the case. The article also had some dissatisfaction on how he was running the war effort from the troops. The problem with generals is they take the blame but sometimes they are just following orders and the rest of us have a hard time discerning which is which. I do believe if you fight a war, it should be all out or get out. It is not fair to the troops any other way. And as was said by Dion and Kay, I don't know that Afghanistan is winnable by us or anybody outside the country.

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Greybeard said...

But, but, but...
Our President(?) INSISTS that the Aghan war is the GOOD WAR.
And Kay, now it's your turn to educate me...
What did McChrystal personally say?
(I've heard he said nothing...
That it was his underlings that talked about how utterly stupid this administration is.)

Rain said...

Yeah, well Obama ran on Afghanistan but I disagreed with him then and now. And what McChrystal said could be said by anybody who does the work and resents the bean counters. He didn't like going to fancy parties or reading constant streams of emails. I am shocked. Totally shocked. Having two engineers in my family, they would say the same thing about their jobs. I felt he should not have been fired for that article as I have said. But a lot of military types said he had to be; so what do I know...

I still feel sorry for him as he seemed like he was dedicated to his work and that article was actually pretty much saying that. I hope he gets something good in the future to make this loss easier. It was good that Obama overrode the demand that he lose his fourth star which he evidently normally would have lost with retiring before four years after getting it.