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...or too politically naive to be working in Washington DC.

The General and His Senate Vassals:
Whatever you may think of General Stanley McChrystal and his succession by General David Petraeus, something very sad is about to happen. The Senate Armed Services Committee has already scheduled its hearing for the constitutionally required confirmation of General Petraeus in his new job. Watch that hearing. (It will occur at 9:30 am on Tuesday, June 29 and will be broadcast by the committee's webcast, and surely C-SPAN.) You will observe how useless and ineffectual the Senate Armed Services Committee, among others, has become at performing its most important job.

Wheeler fails to appreciate that the Party requires General Petraeus services to save their ass in Afghanistan, or at least provide an acceptable facade of success that will give Obama an excuse to withdraw the troops. The Party is not about to allow its antiwar loony wing any time to bitch at their chosen general. In this instance, the standard kabuki of Evil Pentagon Generals v. Righteous Social Justice Warriors has been laid aside. As for Lieberman and the Republicans, they're not about to give the new CinC Afghanistan a hard time by asking him difficult questions. The GOP is the Pentagon's traditional ally, and Lieberman is the last of the Scoop Jackson Democrats.

Wheeler will have to wait for the traditional "Democrats as steely-eyed critics of defense" kabuki until the GOP is back in control of the White House and/or Congress. Then and only then will the Pentagon and its generals be viewed as bloodthirsty thugs clawing the bread from starving children and the medicine from sickly seniors. i. e. business as usual for the New Left.


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Jul. 13th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
Anyone who rails against "the military" has already missed the point - the military exists to carry out the policies of the elected government of the United States, as long as following their orders does not violate their oath of office.

Culpability for bad policy should always be affixed first and foremost to the politicians who created the policy in the first place. Don't like the war in Iraq? George Bush and his Congress (yes, including various Dems) are at fault for that war, not the military. Did we go in too soon without forming a consensus with other nations about the necessity of that war? GWB again.

Anything that gets badly screwed up during the current administration will fall at Barack Obama's feet, not the General, nor anyone else in the military.

Incidentally, I was amazed to see a news report which stated that the VA had made it easier for returning vets who were having problems adjusting to apply for help dealing with PTSD. I thought it was the VA's job to make everything harder for vets - at least, traditionally. ::)
Jul. 13th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree completely - but the Party has for most of my lifetime railed against the Defense Department and those who serve in it as bloodthirsty monsters or deluded fools, so I find this article annoying in its naivete.

Yes, what has become of the VA? Next thing you know they'll be closing VA facilities in the name of efficiency & better service to vets, or something equally asinine. ;)
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