|10-16-2009, 01:32 PM||#1|
Lost In Space
Join Date: Apr 2004
Excellent News Piece on General McChrystal and Afghanistan
Read this piece today in the early bird, and thought it was excellent read about him, his ideas to solve the conflict and situation in general.
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal stepped off the whirring Black Hawk and headed straight into town. He had come to Garmsir, a dusty outpost along the Helmand River in southern Afghanistan, to size up the war that President Obama has asked him to save. McChrystal pulled off his flak jacket and helmet. His face, skeletal and austere, seemed a piece of the desert itself.
He was surrounded by a clutch of bodyguards, normal for a four-star general, and an array of the Marine officers charged with overseeing the town. Garmsir had been under Taliban control until May 2008, when a force of American Marines swept in and cleared it. Since then, the British, then the Americans, have been holding it and trying, ever so slowly, to build something in Garmsir — a government, an army, a police force — for the first time since the war began more than eight years ago.
The Marines around McChrystal, including the local battalion commander, Lt. Col. Christian Cabaniss, looked surprised, even alarmed, when McChrystal removed his protective gear. But as the group walked the rutted streets into Garmsir’s bazaar, they began taking off their helmets, too.
“Who owns the land here?” McChrystal asked, peering up the street and into the shops. “Is it owned by the farmers or by landlords?”
It was the sort of question a sociologist, or an economist, would ask. No one offered an answer.
“If you owned 200 acres here, would you live on it, or would you live somewhere else?” McChrystal asked.
The entourage entered the bazaar. The Afghans sensed that an important American had arrived, and they began to gather in groups inside the stalls. Then the general stopped and turned.
“What do you need here?” McChrystal asked.
THE REST OF THE STORY http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/ma...stan-t.html?hp
|10-16-2009, 03:48 PM||#2|
Fan of the home team
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Durango, Colorado
I like McChrystal. He's a bit of hard case but he's straight to the point. I think he's making sure that the soldiers realize why they are here and what they came to do. Some of the soldiers get pissed and think he's jacking with morale. They are right. He is. Get your head right NCO leaders. He's not playing.
|10-16-2009, 04:00 PM||#3|
Join Date: May 2006
Big choice for Barry here. I would not want to be in his shoes. McChrystal has the stratergic vision to succeed but as per the US playbook politics will end up dicating military mandates