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'Worst Week in Washington': A Stanley McChrystal landslide?

It's not been a good week for Gen. Stanley McChrystal who was relieved of his oversight of the war in Afghanistan by President Barack Obama earlier today.

But, did McChrystal, whose loose lips -- and the loose lips of his staff -- cost him his job, have the "Worst Week in Washington"?

After all, this is a week that saw Rep. Bob Inglis win just 29 percent -- not a typo! -- in his bid for re-nomination to the 4th district in South Carolina, a record- setting (or near-record setting) showing for an incumbent.

Have an opinion on who had the "Worst Week in Washington" or have nominations of your own? Bring them on -- in the comments section below.

If we use your nomination, you might just win an official Fix T-shirt.

Looking for the sorts of people, places or things that have "won" our "Worst Week in Washington" recently? Here are a few examples.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 23, 2010; 2:11 PM ET
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I think that Republicans that voted for TARP had a pretty bad week in Washington. With Rep. Barrett and Rep. Inglis losing down in South Carolina, and John McCain in the political fight for his life against JD Hayworth, voting for TARP is like poison for Republican incumbents.

Posted by: pinwizard39 | June 24, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The press had the worst week, giving kudos to Obama for the quick firing of McCrystal. Obama acts quickly when his reputation or a friend's(Cambridge)is at risk.

Posted by: jobro2 | June 24, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The press had the worst week, giving kudos to Obama for the quick firing of Obama. Obama acts quickly when his reputation or a friend's(Cambridge)is at risk.

Posted by: jobro2 | June 24, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Actually I agree with CHRIS above who thinks McChrystal had the best week in Washington while in my mind it is a wash between Obama and Patraeus as to who had the worst week. I think that a career soldier like McChrystal knew exactly what would happen as a result of the Rolling Stone article and that that is exactly what he wanted, and that was out of Afghanistan, our current Viet Nam. Now Patraeus, who is a career "yes man" is stuck with it. I think that it is highly likely that Rolling Stone, the American press, and Obama fell for McChrystal's gambit. I mean it is not like you can just resign a position like that. It is not like you have a golden parachute to use when the board gets angry with you. Of course this is all speculation and good old Stan might be as dumb as a brick, but if so how did he get to be a general in the first place?

Posted by: McChalium | June 24, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

My vote for worst week in washington goes to Chris Cillizza. His comment board was so over run with spam by the Corner,it was ridiculous to try reading anyone elses opinions. And yet CC only warns him, never bans him, why is that? It's not the content of the Corner's spam that bothers me, it's his spamming. Other than his constant insulting of other commenters tired of his spamming, of course.

Posted by: katem1 | June 24, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

McChrystal was long overdue for firing. Insubordination is among the worst military sins and he richly deserved what he got.

Posted by: drindl | June 24, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

RE: "Hey "BUB" how do you think McChrystal would have behaved after a thoroughdrumming down by Obama? Would have been the best behaved general in the Army-

But nope, Obama had to look like the Commander in Chief- So he fired his most valued commander in his most tenuous command..."


Apparently not, you are not aware that McChrystal pulled a stunt last year in doing a series of press interviews dictating Afghan policy while President Obama was conducting a review to make a decision and set strategy. McChrystal was chastised then but apparently didn't learn a thing about civilian control of the military.

Don't ask about McChrystal's shameful treatment of Pat Tillman and his family. It was a disgrace and he was forgiven for that too. The third strike he was out!

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 24, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

The Worst Week in Washington Award should be retired. The perpetual winner is the American taxpayer!

It may be true that the American people get the government we deserve, but I am hard-pressed to figure out how working for a living, paying my bills and taxes on-time, makes me deserving of the government we have now.

McChrystal is a side-show - the Federal government is bankrupt, still spending and wants to take over the entire U.S. private sector. We haven't seen the Worst Week in Washington yet, but it's speeding toward us like a runaway locomotive and Obama's driving.

Posted by: pilsener | June 24, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Speaking as a retired military officer, McCrystal screwed up. Right or wrong, the president is the commander in chief. If the president asks your opinion, you give it to him. If he decides to do something different, you either salute smartly and follow orders or you resign/retire.

Public dissent from senior military leaders is a more recent phenomenon. It started during the Clinton administration when a 2-star general in Europe was forced to retire for publicly referring to Clinton as "that pot-smoking draft dodger." (Note: flag officers eventually developed a grudging appreciation of Clinton for keeping American ground troops out of the Balkans.)

There were a few senior flag officers who had some public falling out with the Bush administration, but none of them reach the level of what McCrystal managed with his Rolling Stone gaffes.

Seriously... Rolling Stone? What sane general would assume that anything he said in front of a Rolling Stone reporter wouldn't make it into public view?

Yes, Inglis had a bad week, but he's part of a larger group of incumbents having similar trouble. General McCrystal is unique in his misery, which also represents the larger issue of the push-pull between elected and military leaders for control of military operations.

I vote for McCrystal as having had the Worst Week in Washington. (All in 20 minutes, no less.)

Posted by: Gallenod | June 24, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

In most weeks, Bob Inglis would win by a landslide, but this isn't a week for contrarian votes. McChrystal had, by far, the worst week in Washington.

In a matter of hours, McChrystal went from Obama's general to the rebellious goat who vaulted Rolling Stone to the front of the pack for Pulitzer Prizes in political and war reporting this year. Obama didn't fire McChrystal until after the general arrived at the White House only because the president wanted to ream him up and down while McChrystal still had to stand at attention holding a salute.

Losing by a landslide as an incumbent in a primary is merciful compared to the awful gut feeling that McChrystal must have been feeling on that long plane ride home from Afghanistan.

Without doubt, that is the worst week in Washington. In fact, McChrystal gets my vote for the worst month in Washington, too.

Posted by: blert | June 24, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Worst Week in Washington?

Undeniably it was The Obamanation. It was his administration that was, afterall, dissed by McChrystal in Rolling Stone. It was the Obamanation that looked petty by firing McChrystal for telling the truth.

Yep, again this week...as is the case every week...it's a bad week for the Obamanation.

Posted by: joelinpdx | June 23, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry folks-all of you are wrong. The American People Had the Worst Week in Washington. Here’s why:
1. After being conned and manipulated repeatedly by major investment banks, so-called representatives of the people (Congressional Senators and Representatives) are creating a law that will set the stage for an economic collapse that will make the 2008 crisis look like a hiccup. Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has written excellent background articles that make people reading/viewing this week’s news on the so-called financial regulatory reform want to question if Washington is indeed home to a representative democracy or marionette theatre.
2. New and existing home sales are the worst ever because even though interest rates are great, the American People are either unemployed, afraid of losing their job, can’t sell their existing house, are afraid to buy a home that may be worth less in the future, can’t get the bank to workout an equitable agreement to short/sell, rework a mortgage, or loan money to people with sinking credit.
3. This is the week the American People learned that the oil spill in the Gulf is so severe that it will destroy an entire way of life for millions of people who live and make a living from the Gulf. NOAA scientists and BP knew from day one the estimated spill was 64K-110K BBLS/day.
4. This is the week the American People learn that a measly 33 drilling operations in the Gulf may have to continue uninspected drilling, oblivious to the fact that even more dangerous BP drilling plans in Alaska are being given the go-ahead. Salazar may be publicly saying, “Wait, baby, wait,” while telling oil companies “Drill, baby, drill some more!”
5. This is the week the American People learned that our President once again gave an organization the benefit of the doubt, making decisions based on flawed information: listening to the proponents of the military industrial complex’s trillions$ COIN strategy when choosing a new Afghanistan commander instead of reassessing the strategy in light of new information supporting the VP’s advice; assuming BP is going to do what is right, not what protects them from lawsuits; that sacrificing or watering down one more Democrat policy position will get a few Republicans to support legislation in Congress; that appointing insiders from the previous administration and telling them to fix what they screwed up (Pentagon leaders, Fed Reserve, Goldman, etc.), means they will.

Posted by: newsjunkie12 | June 23, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"Evidently, Cannula has never heard about this thing called chain of command. Tell you what, Bub. Mouth off to your boss next week and THEN write in."
BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade

I AM my Boss "Bub"- BUT I do have valued employees who could easily get one more chance if they screwed up once- too valuable to replace- a SECOND time? that's another story-

Hey "BUB" how do you think McChrystal would have behaved after a thoroughdrumming down by Obama? Would have been the best behaved general in the Army-

But nope, Obama had to look like the Commander in Chief- So he fired his most valued commander in his most tenuous command...

Is he the Commander in Chief of the Gulf too?
Problem With Cap Causes More Oil to Gush in Gulf
By LIZ ROBBINS
Published: June 23, 2010

"BP suffered another setback in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, when a discharge of liquid and gases forced the company to remove the containment cap that for three weeks had been able to capture a large portion of the oil gushing from its damaged well.

Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard, at a mid-day briefing in Washington, said a remote-controlled submersible operating a mile beneath the surface had most likely bumped a vent and compromised the system. Live video from the seafloor showed oil and gas storming out of the well unrestricted.

This was yet another complication in BP’s two-month-old struggle to contain the tens of thousands of barrels of oil spewing into the gulf."

I notice you left out commenting on the Gulf and Medicare "Bub'!

By the way do YOU know that Joe Biden story?- keeps saying A Drunk Driver killed his wife- the family of the truck driver who was tested Immediately following the accident was cleared of any drugs , alchohol, or fault in the accident sought out and gained the support of the Delaware prosecuting attorney assigned to the investigation- now a State supreme court judge- to come out publicly to get Biden to stop-he did- then he repeated it again in his next campaign- I'd side with McChrystal.

Posted by: thecannula | June 23, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

IN the end, Obama still looks weak.

It was pretty dumb for Obama - in the middle of the oil spill crisis - to start highlighting the failings in the Obama-Biden Surge-Pull Out Policy.

So this is a major loss for Obama


In tennis, they would call it an unforced error.


Meanwhile, while Obama was trying to look tough - (which looks stupid when a metrosexual tries to look tough) - the leak in the Gulf of Mexico BLEW OFF - AND NOW MORE OIL IS LEAKING.

So that crisis is worse.

Our military has to transition a new set of people in Afghanistan - and the war is a mess.

NOW THE PUBLIC KNOWS THERE ARE TWO MAJOR PROBLEMS.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Evidently, Cannula has never heard about this thing called chain of command. Tell you what, Bub. Mouth off to your boss next week and THEN write in.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 23, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Nimrata Kaur Randhawa (fake name: Nikki Haley") hands down.

...for standing by watching Mrs. Randhawa's, er, personal outreach...allegedly.
______________________

The recent revocation of Mr. Randhawa's man card may be reconsidered in the year...2030.

Sorry, Mr. Nim.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 23, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Petraeus stationed at Central Command in FLORIDA ????


So Petraeus has to move from Florida to Afghanistan ?

AND you are still wondering who had the worst week ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Rubber Ducky is channeling some hate site called "American Thinker."

You're a riot, zouk, you're just so bent and twisted with lip-curling rage. I don't even want to try to *imagine* what it's like to live in your head.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 23, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

This mornings headlines follow this Administration's pattern of continually moving from "crisis" to "crisis", real or imagined, in an effort to stay ahead of the perception that our President views his time in office as just an extended golf getaway from teaching in Chicago.

For those of you that think my criticism is unfair, I would remind you that the President didn't take any interest in the gulf oil crisis until commentators started asking too many questions on the White House's role in offering Federal jobs to primary candidates. Obama suddenly had to take charge of the gulf oil spill. The problem was that Obama simply seems incapable of taking charge of anything more strenuous than a tongue lashing or an apology.

To date the US administration has turned down offers from 13 countries to help with the clean up. The Administration has refused to wave environmental regulations or streamline the process to allow building protective barriers. The reliance on a bureaucratic apparatus has halted clean up efforts, and forced BP at great expense in time and money to modify clean up ships to not run afoul of the protectionist twenties era legislation known as the 'Jones Act'.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 23, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

CHRIS


WHY DO I SEE THIS CLEARER THAN ANYONE ELSE ???

The PROBLEM here is that Biden has forced a July 2011 withdraw date for Afghanistan - which is a losing policy.

So let me be CLEAR:

McChrystal: OFF THE HOOK for Biden's losing policy of withdrawing the troops starting in July 2011.

Petraeus: ON THE HOOK for Biden's losing policy of withdrawing the troops starting in July 2011.

WHO HAD THE WORST WEEK: PETRAEUS.

WHO HAD THE BEST WEEK: MCCHRYSTAL

AND ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE - WHO EVERYONE HAD VIRTUALLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT.

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Come on - Let's be serious PETRAEUS HAD THE WORST WEEK IN WASHINGTON.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't this Mr thin-skinned personal choice for this post? so in essence he has failed yet again, another in the long, long line.

can anyone name ONE thing present ident Obungler has done right since he was elected? It seems everything he touches turns immediately to crap.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 23, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse


In the end of all of this McChrystal will be the hero.


ONE HAS TO WONDER if McChrystal wasn't trying for something like this -


A high profile lynching at the hands of Obama is PROBABLY THE BEST STREET CRED THERE IS IN AMERICA.


CHECK THIS OUT: A losing war, Biden was forcing everyone's hand by setting a July 2011 withdraw date -


Karzai has already bailed out on Obama - Karzai is making his deals to stay in power with the Pakistanis, the drug dealers and the terrorists.


Oddly, Karzai seems extremely comfortable making deals with the Pakistanis, the drug dealers and the terrorists -


ANYWAY - there is a story going around that when Obama was at Columbia he was hanging out with a Pakistani - not sure if that yields any connections - or special understanding of the situation over there. but it is worth mentioning.


McChrystal just GOT OUT OF A BAD SITUATION - ONE IN WHICH HE WAS GOING TO TAKE THE BLAME FOR OBAMA'S AND BIDEN'S FAILED POLICIES.


and EVERYONE will remember McChrystal as the cool guy who WANTED OUR TROOPS TO MAKE A DECADE LONG COMMITMENT TO AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF THE STRATEGY OF WINNING.


McChrystal WON THE WEEK.


McChrystal is the PERFECT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.


McChrystal won - Obama lost.


If you don't believe me, print out this posting, and put it on the wall - one day you will say I was so right.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Cannula

Obama has been desperate to get people's attention shifted away from the OIL SPILL in the Gulf of Mexico.

However, highlighting his failed policy in Afghanistan is just not the way to do it.

Obama suffered a MELTDOWN this week - there is no other way to describe it.


Why in the world would Obama want to highlight his failed policy in Afghanistan???

Is it possible that Obama is MORE OUT OF TOUCH ON THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN THAN HE IS OUT OF TOUCH ON HEALTH CARE ???


This is a complete disaster -

Obama doesn't have any idea what he is doing.

Obama has demonstrated that he has NO IDEA HOW TO GOVERN.

IF THE DEMOCRATS ARE HAPPY ABOUT OBAMA REPLACING MCCHRYSTAL, THE COUNTY ONLY HAS TO ASK:


WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The "Wimp in the White House" Can't get anything right this week- His Outsourcing Job in the Gulf is Keystone Kop Material, Medicare is cutting MD fees 21%, and he Fired his Best General in the Middle of the First Promising Moment in a 9 Year Slog of a Losing War for Telling the Truth-Joe Biden Should NOT be formulating policy- He keeps telling that same "Drunk Driver Killed My Wife" Lie of a Story every Campaign-SAD-

Problem With Cap Causes More Oil to Gush in Gulf
By LIZ ROBBINS
Published: June 23, 2010

BP suffered another setback in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, when a discharge of liquid and gases forced the company to remove the containment cap that for three weeks had been able to capture a large portion of the oil gushing from its damaged well.

Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard, at a mid-day briefing in Washington, said a remote-controlled submersible operating a mile beneath the surface had most likely bumped a vent and compromised the system. Live video from the seafloor showed oil and gas storming out of the well unrestricted.

This was yet another complication in BP’s two-month-old struggle to contain the tens of thousands of barrels of oil spewing into the gulf.

Posted by: thecannula | June 23, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse


The "Wimp in the White House" Can't get anything right this week- His Outsourcing Job in the Gulf is Keystone Kop Material, Medicare is cutting MD fees 21%, and he Fired his Best General in the Middle of the First Promising Moment in a 9 Year Slog of a Losing War for Telling the Truth-Joe Biden Should NOT be formulating policy- He keeps telling that same "Drunk Driver Killed My Wife" Lie of a Story every Campaign-SAD-

Today's NY Times-
Problem With Cap Causes More Oil to Gush in Gulf
By LIZ ROBBINS
Published: June 23, 2010
BP suffered another setback in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, when a discharge of liquid and gases forced the company to remove the containment cap that for three weeks had been able to capture a large portion of the oil gushing from its damaged well.


Blog posts about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Times Topic: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill (2010)Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard, at a mid-day briefing in Washington, said a remote-controlled submersible operating a mile beneath the surface had most likely bumped a vent and compromised the system. Live video from the seafloor showed oil and gas storming out of the well unrestricted.

This was yet another complication in BP’s two-month-old struggle to contain the tens of thousands of barrels of oil spewing into the gulf.

Posted by: thecannula | June 23, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It's been a nightmare week for Barry. Shanking all those drives. Isn't there a golf czar that could do something to help?

Posted by: leapin | June 23, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

In the end of all of this McChrystal will be the hero.


ONE HAS TO WONDER if McChrystal wasn't trying for something like this -


A high profile lynching at the hands of Obama is PROBABLY THE BEST STREET CRED THERE IS IN AMERICA.


CHECK THIS OUT: A losing war, Biden was forcing everyone's hand by setting a July 2011 withdraw date -


Karzai has already bailed out on Obama - Karzai is making his deals to stay in power with the Pakistanis, the drug dealers and the terrorists.


Oddly, Karzai seems extremely comfortable making deals with the Pakistanis, the drug dealers and the terrorists -


ANYWAY - there is a story going around that when Obama was at Columbia he was hanging out with a Pakistani - not sure if that yields any connections - or special understanding of the situation over there. but it is worth mentioning.


McChrystal just GOT OUT OF A BAD SITUATION - ONE IN WHICH HE WAS GOING TO TAKE THE BLAME FOR OBAMA'S AND BIDEN'S FAILED POLICIES.


and EVERYONE will remember McChrystal as the cool guy who WANTED OUR TROOPS TO MAKE A DECADE LONG COMMITMENT TO AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF THE STRATEGY OF WINNING.


McChrystal WON THE WEEK.


McChrystal is the PERFECT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.


McChrystal won - Obama lost.


If you don't believe me, print out this posting, and put it on the wall - one day you will say I was so right.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Paxalles


You are 100% correct.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The United States had the worst week because the wrong man resigned. Given Obama's description of McChrystal's storied career, skills, etc. and Obama's total lack of experience, skills, etc. - Obama should resign for the good of the country and McChrystal or Petraeus should be commanders in chief. We're stuck with someone whose main achievement is self-promotion, a little legal lecturing and passing out pamphlets with a drive by in the Senate. Only in America do we elect self-serving celebrities.

Posted by: paxalles | June 23, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I guess if you look at the whole picture, the worst week stops at the commander in chief's desk.. BP, limping healthcare legacy, worst-ever housing sales, jobs anemia, McC, no-smokes, Rahm quitting?, Orszie leaving.. if the first lady gave him the heave-ho.. I doubt anyone would blink.

Posted by: newbeeboy | June 23, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Sound like McCrystal needs to run for president. Seems to be a whole lot smarter than Binden and Obama together.

Posted by: johnm37830 | June 23, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I nominate TONY HAYWARD who performed so poorly in front of liars just like him that his only option was a slow boat around England and a new job as the stunt double for the GEICO gecko.

Really gonna miss you, Ton.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 23, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Sound like McCrystal needs to run for president. Seems to be a whole lot smarter than Binden and Obama together.

Posted by: johnm37830 | June 23, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if it was the worst .. but.. Old Bite Me seems to be the hyper-loser that many of us expected him to be.. he may be the quintessential barfy V.P.

Posted by: newbeeboy | June 23, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

McChrystal's worst week? Does JSOC have snipers?

***

OBAMA McCHRYSTAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT SHOWS MILITARY ROGUES WHO'S IN CHARGE

• Command performance reasserts civilian control of the Armed Forces, revives a floundering presidency.


Barark Obama became the U.S. commander-in-chief today, not just in title only.

His short Rose Garden pronouncement relieving Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his Afghanistan command may go down in history as one of the great declarations a bedrock value of the American democracy: that elected officials -- civilians, not generals -- control this nation's military and determine national defense policy.

Obama's Declaration of Civilian Rule stands right up there with Eisenhower's farewell address, in which the great World War II general warned the nation of the dangerous influence of the Military-Industrial Complex; and with Lincoln's Gettysburg address, and the Great Emancipator' declaration that "a nation divided cannot stand."

Yes, today was Barack Obama's MacArthur Moment, and his name will be forever tied to the necessary dismissal of a war hero, in the manner of Harry S Truman's famous firing of the hero general of the Pacific.

Obama's measured delivery, his steely countenance, reflected the forceful economy of his words -- a command performance indeed. This time, there were no unsure gesticulations, as in his disappointing Oval Office remarks on the Gulf oil disaster. Instead, a nationwide TV audience witnessed a calm, reasoned but passionate restatement of a fundamental American principle -- the unassailable requirement that those elected by the people have the last word in matters of national defense and military decision-making.

(for the rest of the commentary, go to Facebook -- Vic Livingston.)

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 23, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Adios, General McChrystal. Adept military man who after 30 years hadnot appreciated the value of shutting up around the press.

For all you Mark Sanford 'true love' fans: Nikki Haley IS from Argentina and there's justa whole lotta lovin' going on GOP style. Look for fireworks in less than a fortnight.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 23, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

General McChrystal of the world rock band, International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan, for losing his lead singer roll and not making the cover of the Rolling Stone in the same issue. He really got Gagaed!

1st Runner up:

General David Petraeus for taking this coveted roll as Bush's forgotten turd blossom was reaching its full flowering with the Obama/McChrystal's surge.

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse


Do you Agree or Disagree with President Obama's position to relieve Gen. McChrystal from Command? VOTE

http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp
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Posted by: usadblake | June 23, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

CHRIS


WHY DO I SEE THIS CLEARER THAN ANYONE ELSE ???


The PROBLEM here is that Biden has forced a July 2011 withdraw date for Afghanistan - which is a losing policy.


So let me be CLEAR:


McChrystal: OFF THE HOOK for Biden's losing policy of withdrawing the troops starting in July 2011.


Petraeus: ON THE HOOK for Biden's losing policy of withdrawing the troops starting in July 2011.

WHO HAD THE WORST WEEK: PETRAEUS.


WHO HAD THE BEST WEEK: MCCHRYSTAL


AND ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE - WHO EVERYONE HAD VIRTUALLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT.


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Come on - Let's be serious PETRAEUS HAD THE WORST WEEK IN WASHINGTON.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh pshaw, CC doesn't have a crush on Haley, it's more like hero-worship, or more accurately celebrity worship, like a sixth grade girl and a boy band.

No, Chris likes men. He likes'em scrawny and underfed, that sexy lean look, and he just *drools* over a suit and tie.

Pawlenty and Thune pics are what he keeps under the pillow for those special moments.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 23, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 37thand0street
"A high profile lynching at the hands of Obama is PROBABLY THE BEST STREET CRED THERE IS IN AMERICA."

One has to wonder if you're as stupid as you sound, or stupider? History will not be kind to 2X Bush voters like yourself, or General Stanley McChrystal for that matter. Pull your head out of your a.s.s. and breathe some fresh air once in awhile.

Posted by: GOP08_DOA | June 23, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street you crazy loon! Don't you eat or go to the bathroom? Give us a break.

You might distract Chris from Nikki love before he answers my question.

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The "Worst Week in Washington" award should go to those individuals who had more than that--they had the "Worst Week in the World."

The "Worst Week in the World" award belongs to the FIFA referees in the past two U.S. World Cup matches.

Posted by: gouldsite | June 23, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

In the end of all of this McChrystal will be the hero.

ONE HAS TO WONDER if McChrystal wasn't trying for something like this -


A high profile lynching at the hands of Obama is PROBABLY THE BEST STREET CRED THERE IS IN AMERICA.


CHECK THIS OUT: A losing war, Biden was forcing everyone's hand by setting a July 2011 withdraw date -


Karzai has already bailed out on Obama - Karzai is making his deals to stay in power with the Pakistanis, the drug dealers and the terrorists.

Oddly, Karzai seems extremely comfortable making deals with the Pakistanis, the drug dealers and the terrorists -


ANYWAY - there is a story going around that when Obama was at Columbia he was hanging out with a Pakistani - not sure if that yields any connections - or special understanding of the situation over there. but it is worth mentioning.


McChrystal just GOT OUT OF A BAD SITUATION - ONE IN WHICH HE WAS GOING TO TAKE THE BLAME FOR OBAMA'S AND BIDEN'S FAILED POLICIES.

and EVERYONE will remember McChrystal as the cool guy who WANTED OUR TROOPS TO MAKE A DECADE LONG COMMITMENT TO AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF THE STRATEGY OF WINNING.

McChrystal WON THE WEEK.

McChrystal is the PERFECT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.

McChrystal won - Obama lost.

If you don't believe me, print out this posting, and put it on the wall - one day you will say I was so right.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 23, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

What about the $400,000 that Mark Sanford spent in support of Nikki Haley. That is some serious insider money or does he not count in your book because he is the actual incumbent?

Posted by: Jake2D | June 23, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

tommyboy18088, it is an unwritten rule that we presume Obama had the worst week every week. It's really a contest to see who had the second worst week just so we don't keep picking the same guy every time. We just call it worst week cause its catchier.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 23, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama had the worst week in Washington this week. Remember, McChrystal was his hand-picked leader after he already fired General McKiernan because the war was not going well. We were lead to believe McChrystal would turn it around. NOT! It's worse that when he took over. More lives and money down the drain. And he cannot get us out now because he's stuck to his pre-announced timetable that he was backed into - by McChrystal. Economic numbers to be released this week will be terrible despite a massive stimulus plan that paid salaries and did little to stimulate job creation. His fellow Democrats are turning to Bill Clinton and avoiding him like the plague. And the oil keeps on gushing despite his "ass kicking" and threats.
If that's not a bad week, I don't know what is!!!

Posted by: tommyboy18088 | June 23, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I'll repeat my comments from the last page because neither me nor Chris C actually give a fu ck about the topic.

McCrystal to Petraeus - its a pretty smooth transition. Both of them helped write the counterinsurgency playbook that is being used in Afghanistan. I don't see how Obama could have kept McCrystal on after all this. He needed to go. I think Petraeus has more value leading a counterinsurgency than in charge of CentCom

I don't know how many of you actually read the Rolling Stone article. The stuff McCrystal said about the administration is far less interesting than the last few pages on the difficulties on conducting this type of war. One of the problems is a VERY strict adherence to casualty minimization. Hence that directive to only patrol safe areas. But that has generated a lot of heat with the people McCrystal was charged with overseeing.

This is unconventional warfare. Not just a matter of getting in there and blowing things up. And furthermore, there are a hell of a lot of moving parts that need to be working in synch. The military, the Afghani government, the US government, foreign aid, civilians. And its not like we know this will work. Iraq and Afghanistan are really the proving grounds for counterinsurgency and I can't say that it has been especially successful in Iraq. We managed to tamp down the insurgency, but I don't know how much progress we really made on nation building. But I think that putting Petraeus shows that the White House hasn't really changed on its plan of attack or how it intends to conduct this war in Afghanistan.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 23, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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