Stan the Man

Looks Like Yon Was Right

Not to necessarily (ok, necessarily) pile on here, but from the Rolling Stones article "The Runaway General":

Even though he had voted for Obama, McChrystal and his new commander in chief failed from the outset to connect.

A large part of leadership is judgment.  If General McChrystal's "judgment" told him that Barack Obama and the democrats would be the preferred stewards of our national security as opposed to...let's see...anyone else on the planet, then that judgment is suspect from the git-go.  Period.  That decision - to support then-Senator Obama as commander in chief - is a display of such stunning ignorance, an epic lack of critical thinking ability that I suppose something like this was destined to happen.  General McChrystal may be brilliant - but so were David Brooks and Peggy Noonan (love her to death, but she blew this one) and a handful of others whom the mantle of "intellectual conservative" was bestown. All, to a man/woman, expressed some gushing admiration and some surprising confidence in this junior (barely) senator from Illinois.

Lesson learned for you all...just because someone is called "intelligent" or "brilliant" doesn't necessarily make it so.

Earlier this year Yon wrote:

Today, I do not trust McChrystal anymore than some people trust the New York Times, Obama or Bush. If McChrystal could be trusted, I would go back to my better life. McChrystal is a great killer but this war is above his head. He must be watched...

I know how my fellow Blackfive scribes feel with regards to the Yon - McChrystal imbroglio.  I've kept quiet about it for no other reason than my being the resident naval flying-(now retired)-squid-type - I'd leave those ground pounding pounders to their pounding.  I'm outed, now.  As the US Report states, "...prophetic".