The recent flap over the comments by General McChrystal will inevitably draw comparisons between President Obama and his generals and President Lincoln and his generals. That is an interesting study.
In my opinion, President Obama wanted George McClellan but he got Ulysses Grant. Obama wanted his own “Little Mac” to manage his way out of
. However General McChrystal wants to beat the Taliban and win in Afghanistan . This was never destined to be the kind working arrangement that Afghanistan had with Grant. The difference between the two Presidents is stark – Lincoln was kicking his generals in the butt while Obama is reining his in. The Obama-McChrystal clash was inevitable. Lincoln
I don’t know General McChrystal but he appears to have the requisite organizing skills, he is a respected leader, and he wants to fight. I don’t think we need a different general, we need a better commander-in-chief. The problem is that it took decades for McChrystal to become a good general; Obama doesn’t have that kind of time and he hasn’t exhibited the desire to learn.
Certainly McChrystal’s comments were indiscrete and that is all he should apologize for – being indiscrete. Some of his comments were sophomoric and crude, but then I’m sure he is aware of what we were saying about Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton in their day.
Conservative Resistance – Day 598