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June 25, 2010

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, like so many Americans, finds himself abruptly out of work. Tossed out on his ass for some statements he made to Rolling Stone magazine.

Hastings listens in as McChrystal, who hates fancy restaurants, expresses his anguish at the compulsory dinner date he has with a French cabinet minister. “I’d rather have my ass kicked by a roomful of people than go out to this dinner,” the general says. An aide to the general calls the dinner date “fucking gay.” A top McChrystal aide deliberately mishears the last name of the vice president as “Bite Me.

(via: Slate)

It does beg the question, why would someone so clearly unlikable not have better handlers. McChrystal reportedly got drunk and just let himself get all kinds of obnoxious with a reporter whose presence – something to do with the Iceland thingie – is ubiquitous.

On McChrystal’s first meeting with President Obama:

According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn’t go much better. “It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”

Ouch. At one time or another a subordinate has felt similarly to McChrystal, but usually that means venting to coworkers at a dive bar after work and – not say – into a hot mic or reporter’s Moleskine. After reading the article, McChrystal reminds me of every middle manager – who eventually gets shitcanned – I’ve ever had the misfortune of working for.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2010 8:20 am

    Probably the biggest surprise here is that Obama gave him so much rope on which to hang himself. This guy was the Bush people’s choice to handle the Pat Tillman coverup. Did anyone really think he was going to miraculously turn into McChrystal Lite after the administration change?

  2. June 25, 2010 8:35 am

    oh isht, good point redlami, I totally forgot that was the context in which McChrystal came on board!

  3. June 25, 2010 12:07 pm

    I haven’t read the Rolling Stone piece yet, but apparently the worst of the quotes are from his staff. Not that this makes it any better, it just shows how deeply f-ed up and dysfunctional that particular office is. At least Obama cut off the head of that beast. Everyone knows that’s the only way to kill the bad-guy.

  4. June 25, 2010 3:16 pm

    Damn, I nearly forgot about the Pat Tillman fiasco! Oh man. I should know better too, given that I watch Wag the Dog about two times a week.

  5. irishup permalink
    June 26, 2010 9:09 am

    Clearly, McChrystal is from Camp Tom Berenger of How to Does The Army.

    I find it hard to believe that Pres. Obama wouldn’t know anything about him or who he was. While deeply and lastingly disappointed in how Obama has executed the office of President, being unprepared and ignorant of who he appointed to head military ops in Afghanistan seems, well, completely out of character.

    OtOH, it strikes me as well within the character of McChrystal to automatically assume that stupid civilians dont know shit about shit, regardless of any evidence to the contrary.

  6. June 26, 2010 11:43 am

    Camp Tom Berenger

    LOL. Tom Freaking Berenger! That’s a hotheaded mofo!

  7. June 27, 2010 11:18 am

    @Spoon, yes McChrystal’s aides were ridunkulous! Some of the the statements they made rather blithely suggested a culture of douchebaggery McChrystal condoned and actively cultivated.

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