Portrait Of A Fundamentalist

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  • Most of what General McChrystal has done over a 33-year career remains classified,
  • usually eats just one meal a day, in the evening, to avoid sluggishness.
  • He is known for operating on a few hours’ sleep and for running to and from work while listening to audio books on an iPod.
  • an encyclopedic, even obsessive, knowledge about the lives of terrorists, and that he pushed his ranks aggressively to kill as many of them as possible.
  • born Aug. 14, 1954, into a military family. His father, Maj. Gen. Herbert J. McChrystal Jr., served in Germany during the American occupation after World War II and later at the Pentagon. General Stanley McChrystal was the fourth child in a family of five boys and one girl; all of them grew up to serve in the military or marry into it.
  • At the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, where General McChrystal directs the 1,200-member group, he has instituted a daily 6:30 a.m. classified meeting among 25 top officers and, by video, military commanders around the world. In half an hour, the group races through military developments and problems over the past 24 hours.
  • ran a dozen miles each morning to the council’s offices from his quarters at Fort Hamilton on the southwestern tip of Brooklyn.
  • “If you asked me the first thing that comes to mind about General McChrystal,” said Leslie H. Gelb, the president emeritus of the council, “I think of no body fat.”

And of course is unlikely to be brought to account for war crimes being as Obama appointed him after McChrystal, amongst others, covered up crimes such as rape and torture under their command.

One reason for Afghanistan…

…it may be the only way to preserve the NATO alliance. See, NATO was formed to fight a different kind of war than the one in Afghanistan against a different kind of enemy than the Taliban or al Qaeda, but that war and that enemy doesn’t exist any more. NATO needs a new kind of war and enemy to fight, and if Afghanistan and the Taliban aren’t it, then there’s no reason for NATO to exist any more. If maintaining NATO’s meaningless existence isn’t enough to justify a war, we revert to our double-secret fallback position, which is that the U.S. Army needs a phony baloney job to justify its existence.

4 Responses to “Portrait Of A Fundamentalist”

  1. libhomo Says:

    The irony is that the military could do just fine by shrinking its mission and doing less aggressive recruiting. The quality of the military would actually be much higher.

  2. RickB Says:

    But that assumes that is their goal, right now they have enormous power, they want more.

  3. Karl Says:

    I served with people like this. Incredible individuals. America is lucky to have them.

  4. RickB Says:

    Yes because on the other side he would be torturing and executing your family, makes you proud.


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