Tuesday, June 22, 2010

General Stanley McChrystal: Overdue for Being Fired!

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Keith Olbermann had one of his famous special comments tonight on the fate of General Stanley McChrystal, the inept US commander in Afghanistan who has been in the news all day regarding comments that he and members of his staff made about our President, Vice President, and several top civilian officials. Olbermann is concerned that if Obama takes the easy way out and fires this clown, the idiot conservative squawkers - people like Palin, Limbaugh, Bachmann, and O'Reilly - will turn the general into a martyr.

I understand Olbermann's argument. He fears that President Obama will be vilified as someone that does not support the military, and that McChrystal will suddenly become this generation's MacArthur. Bull manure, Keith, bull manure! Most American's don't know who McChrystal is, have no idea where Afghanistan is or why we are there, and are tired of hearing about America's longest war.

But there is one other component of the Stanley McChrystal drama - one that will engage the public. The general is toting some mighty smelly baggage: the friendly-fire death or murder of Pat Tillman.

In her book, Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman, Pat's mother, Mary Tillman, makes it exceedingly clear that she believes her son was murdered by his own government or his fellow soldiers because of his growing disillusionment with the war in Afghanistan. He was gotten out of the way - permanently - so he couldn't be a pesky detractor to the U.S. war effort.

And while Mrs. Tillman does not point any fingers, she radiates contempt for General McChrystal who showed up at Pat's memorial service. She believes that he knew the death was not an act of war at the time of the memorial service, yet he did not share that information with the family. Instead McChrystal rushed through the paperwork so that Pat Tillman could be awarded a posthumous Silver Star for his "heroic" death - and not coincidentally serve as a poster boy for the war effort - a permanently quiet poster boy.

I highly recommend Mary Tillman's book. She has a right to be very, very angry.

It's well past time for General McChrystal to be fired - clearly, loudly, decisively. And as for those crazy conservatives, let them piss and moan and yell. They will anyway - regardless of the topic de jour.

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