It’s hard to say just how much American blood, the Rolling Stone General has on his hands. McChrystal was the Obama General who seemed to be running for office even on the battlefield, marketing himself as a hip cultural figure who supports Obama and listens to the right music.
McChrystal ran afoul of the left, which wanted a general’s scalp, even if it was a general who was on their side. McChrystal’s approach to disdaining the lives of American soldiers in order to win over Afghans was a bloody disaster. But now he’s back with a new book and an even more hard-core left-wing take on everything.
Not only does McChrystal feel the need to mouth off on gun control, “I think the balance between protecting people and protecting rights of individuals has to protect our children and our streets as well. So I want a very serious conversation because to me the status quo is just not something I’m happy with.”
“What scares me about drone strikes is how they are perceived around the world,” he said in an interview.
McChrystal said the use of drones exacerbates a “perception of American arrogance that says, ‘Well we can fly where we want, we can shoot where we want, because we can.’”
And with that McChrystal has revealed his inner leftist. His views on the War on Terror are strictly Michael Moore stuff.
As part of al Qaeda, ‘people had the opportunity to make a difference, and that’s a powerful thing’, and in his view, there wasn’t ‘that much of a difference between the terrorists and the counter-terrorists.’ For him, both the CIA and the Base for Islamic Jihad give people the chance to be part of something greater than themselves.
How do you expect someone who sees no real difference between his side and Al Qaeda to contribute anything to the War on Terror?