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June 22, 2010


Brigitte Nacos

Grindle, I agree with you 100%. Generals should tell presidents and other civilian leaders in private what they think--not in public in efforts to prevail with their own policy agenda. He did that last fall and got away with it. I agree, too, that he should have paid some price for the Tillman cover-up.


McCrystal should have been fired for the cover up of the Tillman death. He should have been fired when he lobbied in a British interview to get another 30,000 troops.
Lets hope Obama believes In Three Strikes and You Are Out.

Brigitte Nacos

I can't see how McChrystal can remain in his position regardless of his relationship with Hamid Karzai.Obviously, the two men meet regularly and have a good relationship. But that has not at all improved the situation on the ground as a result of McChrystal's counterinsurgency strategy.
The only question is who can step into the commander position immediately. Obviously, the guys around McChrystal are part of the same inner circle that was so reckless in talking to the Rolling Stone reporter. More stunning is that this was not a one-shot interview but ongoing conversations with a guy who was and traveled with them for a while.

Brydon Eady

Hello Professor Nacos,

What do you think the odds are of McCrystal staying on? Karzi praised him this week as the 'best' general to control the war in Afghanistan. Would you say this bolsters his credability, or does the praise from the Afghani President make him less credible?

Thanks for another good article,


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