A Florida pastor, Terry Jones, has planned to commemorate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by burning copies of the Koran. The commanding general of the war in Afghanistan, David Petraeus, however, has warned that Jones's actions will surely lead to incitement and the deaths of Americans fighting the terrorists overseas.
A failed presidency is a terrible thing to witness. A failed presidency with more than two years left to run is also dangerous for the country. So, even though it would be easy for The Weekly Standard to allow your administration to continue on its current path to perdition, thereby ensuring massive GOP gains this November and a likely victory in 2012, we offer, in a spirit of bipartisanship and patriotism, some advice.
Though he'll regretably be remembered most for his turn in Rolling Stone, we should not forget Gen. Stanley McChrystal's contributions to his country, the Army, and the conflict in Afghanistan.
At McChrystal's Fort McNair retirement ceremony Friday, Robert Gates said of the general, "Over the past decade, arguably no single American has inflicted more fear, more loss of freedom and more loss of life on our country's most vicious and violent enemies than Stan McChrystal."
In war, victory belongs to the most persevering. Unfortunately, the endurance and political will to persist through a tough military slog like Afghanistan are precious commodities -- particularly given tough economic times and given complicated military and political objectives.
The Scrapbook rounds up some of the best quotations from Marine General James Mattis, who was selected this week to head CENTCOM:
The Scrapbook applauds President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates for the selection of Marine General James Mattis to head Central Command. Victor Davis Hanson writes that “Mattis is a proven battlefield commander, a sophisticated student of history, and unshakable in his nerve and purpose.”
Gen. David Petraeus is getting lots of advice from all quarters--public and private, wanted and unwanted, helpful and unhelpful. This, from Jason Thomas, an Australian just returned from eight months working on the civilian side of the counterinsurgency effort in Afghanistan, was recommended to me by experts I respect as one of the best contributions. Read the whole thing at the estimable Small Wars Journal website, but here are the highlights:
The tone is respectful to McChrystal, but mindful of his breach. Obama takes the opportunity to reinforce the American commitment to victory in Afghanistan rather than back away from it. And, the speech is blissfully, only eight minutes long.
Here’s the statement by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), which suggests they think Gen. McChrystal ought to offer to resign, and that the president should probably accept the offer: