Stories about Obama

Command of the military

The ease with which General Stanley McChrystal was sacked should not allow us to shrug off the implications of his rebellion. McChrystal’s criticism of US civilian leadership is another cost of the Afghan war that America has to face- a clash between the military and the executive. Unfortunately, a clash between these institutions is inevitable in the face of a security threat that has few tangible solutions. As commander of US forces in Afghanistan McChrystal undoubtedly understood the conflict’s ground realities better than civilian leaders. But the resources needed to wage the war McChrystal-style were not at his disposal. The ...

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How far away is the next Israel-Lebanon war?

This is a question that has been discussed for years, arguably since the last open conflict in 2006 ended in an Israeli withdrawal and an expanded UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) mandate to keep peace in the southern part of the country. That conflict may have ended but its after-effects linger on. Long after the cluster munitions fired from both sides settled into the earth, many of them remain unexploded and continue to kill civilians. Long after the withdrawal, the near-universal consensus that Israel was not the clear ‘winner’ it intended to be and the Winograd Commission’s ...

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American discourse on Pakistan: a double headed-monster

When it comes to Pakistan, there are at least two narratives in the American media; one constructed on the basis of quasi-positive direct quotes of the administration, the other, an acrimonious narrative created by ‘unnamed’ official sources. From stories that raised concerns on the safety of its nuclear assets to exposés that have alleged Pakistan reverse engineered legacy Harpoon missiles; from allegations that ISI engineered attacks on the Indian embassy in Kabul to claims that ISI officials participated in high level Taliban meetings in Quetta; an image of a Pakistan gone wild is well established in the American imagination. After a ...

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Gaffe McChrystal

All of us have at one time or another thought ill of a colleague but we wouldn’t say so aloud – certainly not in front of a journalist. But General Stanley Mc Chrystal did. Perhaps he was caught up in the tricky world of the media. Or maybe he just got carried away in his devotion to his mission in Afghanistan as top US military commander. Whether or not he really wanted to say what he did about the US civilian administration in that revealing article in Rolling Stone magazine he changed the way we view US policy. While President ...

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General McChrystal prefers Bud Light to Biden

The upcoming issue of Rolling Stone is carrying a piece of hellfire for Obama. General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) in Afghanistan is profiled. All of his brash arrogance and his comments to reporter Michael Hastings will make for a chilling read in the White House. The piece can be found here. The piece doesn’t tell us much that we don’t already know. However, having these comments by McChrystal out in the open is something else. Namely, it is open insubordination. McChrystal has already issued a public apology and has reportedly apologised to Biden personally. He has ...

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