Let’s say you work for a huge corporation. Let’s also say that you were tasked to complete a project, but lacked the proper tools to do so. Let’s also say your requests for those tools was constantly ignored. How would you make sure you got the tools you needed to perform your job duties? Which would you do?
(a) keep wasting paper and keep making the requests.
(b) notify someone else in the company, so the request would get noticed, and filled.
(c) stick your head in the sand, pack your belongings and find a new job.
It turns out we’re not talking about a corporation, we’re talking about America. The project is the war in Afghanistan, and you are General Stanley McChrystal. President Obama ignored his requests and met with him just once in the past 70 days, so he took his request to someone else in the company, the American people.
“Let me say this about about General McChrystal, with all due respect,” Pelosi said, according to a transcript sent my way by a Pelosi aide. “His recommendations to the president should go up the line of command. They shouldn’t be in press conferences.”
First of all, Nancy, it’s a chain of command, not a line. If anyone knows about chains, it’s you, so get your terminology right. Secondly, Gen. McChrystal’s request via the “press conference” got the attention the situation needed and now discussions are being held. There is no debate, Gen. McChrystal is doing everything he can to win the war in Afghanistan, and he did everything he could to get the attention of the President to make sure that happened.
You may prefer to live your life with your head in the sand, Mrs. Pelosi, but our soldiers can’t afford that luxury. So the next time a General speaks out about military matters of which you have absolutely no experience, would you kindly take your recommendations up the chain of command and shut the hell up already?