The infamous Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal is now online. The reports that burst into the public eye yesterday are all true and perhaps a bit understated. The upper echelons of the military are exceedingly political. The image of the non-ideological warrior is a myth; it’s just that some do a better job of covering up their political maneuvering than do others.
The general and his aides are certainly entitled to their opinions (and this article gives full vent to them), but the fact that they would utter them with a reporter in their midst evinces an astonishing lack of judgment. And when they are so lacking in good judgment in this instance, how can we have any confidence of their judgment in others?
One line from the article seems to sum up the general’s fate: “his brashness comes with a price.” I won’t predict what that price will be, but I am asking for your opinion. I’ve created our first-ever user survey. It takes you to my site on Survey Monkey – it’s free, it’s anonymous, and it will take you 10 seconds. Please try it out. Click here to take survey