Petraeus wanted extra troops … not McChrystal?

In Michael Hastings’ Rolling Stone piece that ousted Gen.  Stanley McChrystal, he cites internal disputes between civilians and military leadership.  One example:

“The entire COIN strategy is a fraud perpetuated on the American people,” says Douglas Macgregor.

Well it could be … but it wasn’t McChrystal’s idea according to him.  Fast forward to about the 2:30 mark:

If you go back to this report that General McChrystal submitted to the President – this is the one that was leaked imprudently as you’ll recollect – he didn’t write that report.  That report was put together for him by people in General Petraeus’ staff … All the generals have things written for them.  General Petraeus will tell you that he did not write this new counterinsurgency document, that he had a staff of officers who reviewed it, ultimately approved it and signed it, but that’s what four star generals do.  But, the point I’m trying to make is Petraeus’ staff, his supporters, the people who had been with him in Afghanistan promoting the war, they put together this very – in my judgment – strange plan that went well beyond any attacks on Al Qaeda, it went into nation building, institution building, dramatically expanded our resources … there was an interest in forcing the President into a decision.”

So, the guy who wrote the strategy for Afghanistan is running Afghanistan now.  The same guy, that helped lead to the ousting of the trash talker now has a new guy ‘rethinking’ whether or not it’s okay to kill civilians at random in air strikes and whatnot (Harris wrote: “In June, the death toll for U.S. troops passed 1,000, and the number of IEDs has doubled.”) … well, KUDOS to you Rolling Stone.  Not to mention, more casualties are expected, and THIS dude is McChrystal’s replacement?

Of course no one has asked the Army about all this, but here’s their take.

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  1. […] that’s debatable as per Hastings’ own source:“If you go back to this report that General McChrystal submitted to the President – this is […]


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