“McCHRYSTAL AND OBAMA FAILED FROM THE START to connect,” reports Rolling Stone’s interview with the Afghan military chief, “The Runaway General.”
McChrystal first encountered Obama a week after he took office in 2008 when the president met with senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as The Tank.
McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the roomful of military brass, said a source familiar with the meeting. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later after General Stanley McChrystal got the Afghanistan job and it didn’t go much better.
“It was a 10-minute photo op,” said an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his f*****g war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. McChrystal was pretty disappointed.”
From the start, McChrystal was determined to place his personal stamp on Afghanistan, to use it as a laboratory for a counter insurgency strategy known as “COIN.”
COIN calls for sending multiple troops to both destroy the enemy and to live among the civilian population, building from scratch a “democracy” – a process that takes decades to achieve. Think of the Green Berets as an armed Peace Corps, instruct COIN enthusiasts.
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