Pope, Absolve Thyself

I’m waiting to hear that either the AP or Rolling Stone misquoted Gen. McChrystal and his staff here, because openly insulting Adm. Eikenberry and disrespecting the vice president and Amb. Holbrooke is uncharacteristically bush-league. From the AP write-up of a forthcoming Rolling Stone piece on McChrystal that I have not read:

If Eikenberry had the same doubts, McChrystal said he never expressed them until a leaked internal document threw a wild card into the debate over whether to add more troops last November. In the document, Eikenberry said Afghan President Hamid Karzai was not a reliable partner for the counterinsurgency strategy McChrystal was hired to execute.

McChrystal said he felt “betrayed” and accused the ambassador of giving himself cover.

“Here’s one that covers his flank for the history books,” McChrystal told the magazine. “Now, if we fail, they can say ‘I told you so.”‘

OK, fine, you feel that way. Why in the world tell that to a reporter? What effect can that possibly have except to needlessly damage the relationship with Eikenberry?

That should be one impressive clarification…

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