Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

McChrystal Out, Petraeus In: Senseless War Goes On

McChrystal Out, Petraeus In: Senseless War Goes On

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says he has accepted the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal with regret, but is certain that it is the right decision for the country's national security and the future of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

[President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal (not pictured)as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, choosing the embattled general's direct boss - Gen. David Petraeus (right) - to take over the troubled 9-year-old war, a source told The Associated Press. ]

President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal (not pictured)as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, choosing the embattled general's direct boss - Gen. David Petraeus (right) - to take over the troubled 9-year-old war, a source told The Associated Press.

Speaking in the Rose Garden, Obama says McChrystal's biting comments about the president and his aides in a magazine article did not meet the standards of conduct for a commanding general.

Obama named Gen. David Petraeus to assume McChrystal's role as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. He says the move will allow the U.S. to maintain leadership and momentum in the war.

Obama made the announcement following a private meeting with McChrystal and a separate meeting of his national security staff.

McChrystal was summoned to Washington from Kabul to explain scathing, mocking remarks about administration officials, including Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, by him and his team in a magazine article. But the morning showdown with Obama in the Oval Office was not enough to save his job.

McChrystal offered his resignation and Obama accepted it, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the president's decision was not yet made public.

Obama planned to speak at 1:30 p.m. EDT from the Rose Garden, accompanied by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about the controversy.

Petraeus, who attended a formal Afghanistan war meeting at the White House Wednesday, now oversees the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq as head of U.S. Central Command.

By pairing the decision on McChrystal's departure with the name of his replacement, Obama is seeking to move on as quickly as possible from the firestorm surrounding the Rolling Stone magazine story and the renewed debate over his Afghanistan policy that it provoked.

With Washington abuzz about this controversy, there was an almost complete lockdown on information about the morning's developments. It was not even known where McChrystal went after his half-hour meeting with Obama at the White House, which came not long after his early morning arrival from Afghanistan.

Petraeus is the nation's best-known military man, having risen to prominence as the commander who turned around the Iraq war in 2007. The Afghanistan job is actually a step down from his current post.

Petraeus has a reputation for rigorous discipline and careful attention to his image. He keeps a punishing pace - spending more than 300 days on the road last year.

Petraeus briefly collapsed during Senate testimony last week, apparently from dehydration. It was a rare glimpse of weakness for a man known as among the military's most driven.

He is also among the brightest, and rose to command through a mix of brains and now has been adapted for Afghanistan.

Petraeus has repeatedly denied that he plans to run for president in 2012, and is said to want only one job: chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff.

In the hearing last week, Petraeus told Congress he would recommend delaying the pullout of U.S. forces from Afghanistan beginning in July 2011 if need be, saying security and political conditions in Afghanistan must be ready to handle a U.S. drawdown.

That does not mean Petraeus is opposed to bringing some troops home, and he said repeatedly that he supports the new Afghanistan strategy that Obama announced in December. Petraeus' caution is rooted in the fact that the uniformed military - and counterinsurgency specialists in particular - have always been uncomfortable with fixed parameters.


Full speed ahead ! ! ! ! STAY THE COURSE ! ! !

There will be no withdrawal in 2011, 20012, or when ever.

With Patreus personally in charge of the whole show is like telling the Pentagon, and the MIC. Your wish is our command.

Did Obama pick Patreus? Or did Patreus, Gates, and Hillary, pick Patreus?


TONY said...

He marched them up to the top of the hill and he marched them down again. I thought McChrystal had to go. Moonbat Syndrome. What kind of judgement does it take to do what he did and what kind of judgement to think you could get away with it. And what kind of judgement places such a poltroon in a position of such responsibility in the first place? I rest my case, sir.

Tao Dao Man said...


jadedj said...

"and momentum in the war." What momentum?

"...saying security and political conditions in Afghanistan must be ready to handle a U.S. drawdown." - Petraeus

Jesus fucking Christ...yes, I heard that same refrain in Vietnam, and we ended up pulling out anyway, a few thousand deaths later, which accomplished nothing...NOTHING.

I feel as if I am living in a endlessly looped bad dream. Where do we get such bullshitters? Seriously, why do we keep letting these assholes lead us?

James Gundun said...

There's not much to say about this, except that these people are all a bunch of tools.

Tao Dao Man said...

Check out Tony's blogs, they are excellent.
Ya, remember [peace with honor] THat fucker Kissinger was sittin in a 5 star hotel in Paris negotiating while our guys were dying, and suffering.
And for what?
For their political ego.

Tao Dao Man said...

Here is another one, if you have not checked it out.
Go check out James Gundun,s blog.
You will not find any Palin or Beck idiocy threads over there. lol. All international info.

Tao Dao Man said...

Speaking of tools.
How does everyone here see the future of Karzai?

One Fly said...

I don't know who did what here but one thing is certain-they didn't ask any of us what we thought.

Tao Dao Man said...

They never do.
Not until it comes to election time.

Serving Patriot said...

Well, at least General Dave (the man Who Would Be King) has this sh*t sandwich firmly yoked to his neck now. And it ain't going to end pretty. That will temper the flames for Palin-Patreaus 2012.


Tao Dao Man said...

Shillary/Patreus 2012?:-)

Serving Patriot said...

Bwahahaha -- now THAT would be a unity ticket!

A Neo-con unity ticket that is!


Tao Dao Man said...

LOL I thought you would appreciate that.