Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Judgment Day for McChrystal

Yeah, that sounds about right. A little roundup, at WSJ:
President Barack Obama and U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal will meet in person today at the White House. The president said Tuesday that he had not yet made up his mind if he would ask for the general’s resignation for disparaging comments he made about the Obama administration’s national security team to Rolling Stone magazine.
Also, at NYT, Max Boot, "Judging McChrystal's War‎":
ON Tuesday, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, was called back to Washington to explain disparaging comments he and his aides made to a Rolling Stone reporter about senior administration officials. The general’s ill-advised remarks, which have prompted him to prepare a letter of resignation, will only feed the general sense of despair and impatience that Americans seem to feel about our progress in Afghanistan.
Great comparative analysis of Afghanistan and Iraq, and then:
By letting his aides mouth off to a reporter, General McChrystal has displayed a potentially fatal lack of media savvy. But he deserves credit for energizing a lethargic command and putting in place the right strategy to turn around a failing war effort. Whether or not he carries it out, his plan can work. We just need to give it a little time.
Finally, check out Thomas Ricks at Foreign Policy, and also the threads at Memeorandum.

(Added: From Glenn Reynolds, "POLITICO: Obama’s real McChrystal problem: Afghanistan plan in trouble. The halfhearted approach seldom succeeds.")