June 26, 2010
The Western Way of War
Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post
US General Stanley McChrystal has paid a huge price for his decision to give Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings free access to himself and his staff. But he performed a great service for the rest of us. US President Barack Obama fired McChrystal - his hand-picked choice to command NATO forces in Afghanistan - for the things that he and his aides told Hastings about the problematic nature of the US-led war effort in Afghanistan.
But by acting as he did, McChrystal forced the rest of us to contend with the unpleasant truth not only about the US-led campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. He told us the unpleasant truth about the problematic nature of the Western way of war at the outset of the 21st century.
Hastings' now famous article, "The Runaway General," told...
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