Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The next MacArthur ...

In my day, Gen. McChrystal would have "retired"* by now.

The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan apologized Tuesday for an interview in which he said he felt betrayed by the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.

The article in this week's issue of Rolling Stone depicts Gen. Stanley McChrystal as a lone wolf on the outs with many important figures in the Obama administration and unable to convince even some of his own soldiers that his strategy can win the war.


Yet he remains in charge of our longest war. A war which is probably unwinnable, no matter who is running the show, regardless of what the definition du jour of "win" is. Just ask Alexander the Great, the British "The Sun Doesn't Set On Us" Empire, and the Soviet Union, among others.

A corollary to the above by Cdr. Huber.

As Renaissance political scientist Niccolo Machiavelli noted, the fall of Rome came about when its military elite, known as the Praetorian Guard, gained control over the emperor and the Senate. Had irony survived the Bush Jr. administration, it would relish that America’s empire is crumbling under the undue influence of its military elite, the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM).


*Thanks to Oliver Willis for the link.

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