""Where we have gone, goodness follows," Conway said. "But the fact is that we are not as expansive as we would like to be, and those probable additional number of Marines are going to help us to get there." " Washpost
"General McChrystal has been alienated." (by President Obama) Dana Perrino on FNS
"Mr President, We do not want to defeat health care reform, we want to defeat you, and this seems like the best way to do it." Comedian playing the role of Senator Mitch McConnell on Saturday Night Live, 28 November 2009
General Conway is the Commandant of the US Marine Corps. Pacification, a better standard of living, greater security, I could understand all of those in this statement, but "goodness?" Does that mean that General Conway believes that the marines are on a "mission from God" in Afghanistan? There are a lot of people in the US now who can no longer separate faith and flag in their minds. Is he one of them?
Abraham Lincoln learned fairly quickly that he was in command, not the generals. He relieved some of them, transferred some of them when he judged that to be a good idea, allowed some to be court-martialed for failure. He famously sent Major General Joseph Hooker a letter at the time of Hooker's appointment to command of the Army of the Potomac. In the letter he wrote that his support of Hooker was conditioned on Hooker's future success and was for lack of a better alternative. "General McChrystal has been alienated?" My god, Perrino, why should Obama possibly care if any of these generals have been "alienated?" What he should want is that they should live in fear of relief from command for failure or insubordination. These are highly ambitious, overly political men who have been taught by fools to think they have a policy role. None of them are Grant. If Lincoln had not found Grant, there might well be two countries here today, not one.
As to the SNL skit, what a moment of truth! pl