Torture and Cover-ups: Obama's New Man in Afghanistan

American "close air support" killed 95 children in Afghanistan last week, and when Karzai's demand that bombing cease was brushed off as usual by Obama's National Security Advisor ("We can't fight with one hand tied behind our back"), the Afghan House of Representatives (Wolesi Jirga) issued an ultimatum: Within one week all American forces in Afghanistan will be subject to Afghan law.

This is one jump away from throwing us out of the country, or at least trying, and not even Obama and David Axelrod can sell an occupation that's even at war with its own puppet government!

So noise had to be made, and what's the cheapest dog-and-pony show that will save our puppet Karzai and shut up the Wolesi Jirga?

Obama fired the our commanding General in Afghanistan, Lt. General David McKierman, and that guy was a pain in the ass anyway. He wouldn't play follow-the-leader with Donald Rumsfeld, way back when Rumsfeld poo-pooed the idea that  insurgents just might possibly play a significant role in Iraq, and McKierman also agitated for a much bigger army to invade Iraq, because how can 150,000 soldiers stabilize a big crazy country with open borders?

What an idiot! And it only got worse when McKierman opined that Obama's surge in Afghanistan was way too little! And way too late! We're losing!

So Obama replaced McKierman with... the Prince of Darkness, Lieutenant General Stanley A. McChrystal.

This guy is the Richard B. Cheney of the US Army! For most of the last 5 years, nobody even knew where he was! "This is General Stanley A. McChrystal, speaking to you from an undisclosed location..."

McChrystal occasionally surfaced when his black-ops brigade killed a high-value target like Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, but he also got yanked out of the shadows when 34 of his boys were disciplined for torturing detainees.

In the windowless, jet-black garage-size room, some soldiers beat prisoners with rifle butts, yelled and spit in their faces and, in a nearby area, used detainees for target practice in a game of jailer paintball.

McChrystal also played along with the cover-up of Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan by "friendly fire," but he distinguished himself among all the other players by warning everybody that it could all go wrong.

A high-ranking general told Pentagon investigators that, when he approved a Silver Star citation for Pat Tillman, he suspected that the former NFL player had been killed by "friendly fire," according to testimony obtained by the Associated Press.

Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal said that suspicion led him to send a memo to top generals imploring "our nation's leaders," specifically "POTUS" -- the acronym for the president -- to avoid using the award citation's language of "devastating enemy fire" in their speeches.

Let's cover up this public-relations catastrophe, but we shouldn't push our luck by encouraging the President to celebrate it!

So Stanley A.McChrystal is an outstanding public-relations General, and if we ever need another cover-up in Afghanistan (and we will), or if we ever decide to torture a few more prisoners at Bagram AFB (and we will), then Lt. General Stanley A. McChrystal is exactly the right man in exactly the right place... for Barack Obama.

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    Sheesh, I just noticed this (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Militarytracy on Fri May 15, 2009 at 07:25:26 PM EST
    Thanks for diary

    The full story of Camp Nama (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jacob Freeze on Wed May 13, 2009 at 03:40:31 PM EST
    The full story of torture at Camp Nama under McChrystal's command is available online in a 56-page report from Human Rights Watch.