Beginning in the early afternoon, a cadre of military and civilian soldiers loyal to Gen. Stanley McChrystal began to spread rumors throughout the capital city: that ground commanders in Afghanistan were threatening to resign … that the CIA’s chief of station in Kabul had stepped down … that the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), William McRaven, was irate and wanted to step down … that commanders of the “special mission units” like McRaven’s former subordinates at DevGru (SEAL Team Six) would refuse taskings from the National Command Authority … that buried secrets were about to be exposed, like who actually leaked the McChrystal Afghanistan review to Bob Woodward.
Loyal to McChrystal? I was loyal to my CO and still to this day talk to him every couple of weeks, but we weren’t a cult of personality.
I was of the opinion that Obama would have been within his rights to keep or fire McChrystal, but I was wrong and Fallows and others were right. It appears that we’ve basically got in place an entrenched military command structure that is less like a professional military and more like wingnut milbloggers acting as rogue operators. Add that to the entrenched failure of a national security apparatus that the Stiftung Leo Strauss, Pat Lang, and Col. Bacevich are always talking about, keep in mind the religious fanaticism among many in the officer corps, and you begin to recognize that what we have is not too far removed from a banana republic.
People that willingly talk like this need to be exposed, rooted out, publicly humiliated, stripped of their ranks and their pensions, and a message needs to be sent. The military is supposed to be a weapon used when diplomatic policies fail, not a political wing of the national security state.
If Ambinder’s reporting is correct, McChrystal isn’t the only one who needs to go. Find out their names and shit-can every one of the insurrectionists.