From: Jeff Strickland on 14 Oct 2009 16:35
"JoeSpareBedroom" <newstrash(a)frontiernet.net> wrote in message
> "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff(a)yahoo.com> wrote in message
>> "JoeSpareBedroom" <newstrash(a)frontiernet.net> wrote in message
>>> "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff(a)yahoo.com> wrote in message
>>>> "JoeSpareBedroom" <newstrash(a)frontiernet.net> wrote in message
>>>>> More than one paragraph long, so it won't be right for some of you TV
>>>>> droolers. Sorry.
>>>> That's a sobering portrayal of McChrystal. He seems like a good
>>>> general, thinks before he acts and such. Why would President Obama send
>>>> him to Afghanistan, then think twice about the troop levels his General
>>>> is asking for?
>>>> Seems the President is playing politics, or playing TO the politics.
>>> Your interpretation, as always, is one which suits your NEEDS, and may
>>> not have any relationship with reality.
>>> I said MAY NOT.
>> What are you talking about? Not the story you posted, that's clear.
>> What's YOUR interpretation?
> �I didn�t get any assurances from anyone that I would be given any amount
> of time,� McChrystal said. �I didn�t get any assurances from anyone that I
> would be given any amount of resources. I didn�t ask for any assurances.�
> For a moment, McChrystal paused.
> �I don�t feel like the lonely man in the arena,� he said, �with all the
> pressure on my shoulders.�
Interestingly, the IMMEDIATELY PRECEEDING paragraph says,
�I took this job because I was asked to take it, and because it is very,
very important,� McChrystal told me. �Admiral Mullen� � head of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff � �specifically said to me: �You go out, you decide what
needs to be done, and you tell me whatever you need to do that. Don�t
constrain yourself because of politics. You tell me what you need.� �
Funny how you can pick out the single comment in the entire story that says,
I was not given any assurances of anything," right after he says he was
told, "tell us what you need to get the job done."
Later in the story,
When the briefing was finished, McChrystal looked around the room.
�Gentlemen, I am coming into this job with 12 months to show demonstrable
progress here � and 24 months to have a decisive impact,� he said. �That�s
how long we have to convince the Taliban, the Afghan people and the American
people that we�re going to be successful. In 24 months, it has to be obvious
that we have the clear upper hand and that things are moving in the right
direction. That�s not a choice. That�s a reality.�
It's not entirely clear whom created the time constraints, and I'm not sure
that it matters, but McChrystal clearly thinks there is a time constraint.