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  •  I disagree. This only might happen if Obama (3+ / 0-)
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    fires him, and nothing else.  Best is for Obama to combine the handling of McChrystal with a policy review.  Make a speech about McChrystal's statements, then segway into "It is all about the troops and the war", then go over all of McChrystals failures in both strategy and execution (don't have to make it too personal, just go over the failures), then announce a change of strategy and a new commander.  This is a real gift - a chance to change strategy and clear the leadership.  His policy has been a failure.  Use his words "this will end as an argument" against him.  Declare that is not acceptable, we won't stay in Afghanistan forever based on hunches and whims, announce a new strategy and leader, and blow right through this.

    This really is a gift of an opportunity.

    •  not more speeches (2+ / 0-)
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      "It would be easier to pay off the national debt overnight than to neutralize the long-range effects of OUR NATIONAL STUPIDITY." Zappa

      by alliedoc on Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 04:09:03 AM PDT

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    •  Interesting points...but (0+ / 0-)

      whether or not McChrystal runs is really out of Obama's control.

      I think it is clear he is/was a Cheney plant, and Cheney will be trying to use him as a tool for the far right, whether as a pundit or a Presidential candidate.

      We should not underestimate them.

      Send your old shoes to the new George W. Bush library.

      by maxschell on Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 11:39:42 AM PDT

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