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Gen. Stanley McChrystal Looks Back

Monday, January 14, 2013

Former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, speaks during a news briefing at the Pentagon on May 13, 2010. (Alex Wong/Getty)

Stanley McChrystal, former Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, looks back on his decorated military career and talks about his new memoir, My Share of the Task: A Memoir.

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General Stanley McChrystal

Comments [12]

Taher from Croton on Hudson

To frame every conflict in the Muslim world as the “West” versus Islamic extremism is a monumental error. In Mali it is not a simple situation of al Qaeda inspired insurrection against the central government but a Tuaqeg people who have had serious grievousness with the government.
What France is doing is simply aiding a corrupt and oppressive central government in Bamako.
It is replaying its colonial role without engaging the Tuaqeg issues of the northern Mali. In effect France, and America and the West are again playing the classical role as global oppressors. This will, in time, lead to lessening of global effectiveness and influence by the “West.”

Jan. 14 2013 11:31 AM

Brian, Your characterization of what's going on in Mali is alarming. Armed criminals took over 2/3 of the north of Mali last April. They did NOT take over part of the government. There was also an over throw of the government by Malian military officers who were displeased with the government's handling of the fighting in the north. The cause of all of this was a government that was very weak due to massive unchecked corruption including by foreign donors. Al Queda had been in northern Mali for 10 years. The government didn't stop them because they were getting kickbacks from their presence. Love your show but PLEASE do your research on this one. Yo've gotten lots of coplex stuff before. Why not this?

Jan. 14 2013 11:25 AM
John A

Modern wars are played without a formal declaration of war. And that'll get you 20.

Jan. 14 2013 11:23 AM

Brian I appreciate your balance but for the love of Christ this is silly. We have killed countless civilians and no one cares...I understand modern war but we do not care who we kill.

Jan. 14 2013 11:23 AM
Amy from Manhattan

1. More knowledge makes you more effective only if your knowledge is accurate; in many instances in Afghanistan, it wasn't.

2. The Awakening didn't just happen--people were paid to switch sides.

Jan. 14 2013 11:22 AM

Brian this is all propaganda, c'mon please

Jan. 14 2013 11:21 AM
John A

Excuse me, General but the Drone Program is formally referred to as "Playing Targeted Whack-A-Mole"
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I got a glimpse at his book this weekend and it seemed full of info and well organized, even typographically. Like we would expect from our best.

Jan. 14 2013 11:19 AM
pliny from soho

MALI according to the NYTimes
all the American trained natives
went right over to the Islamists
along with their guns and training.

Jan. 14 2013 11:17 AM

brian “FRANCE of all countries?!”

Jan. 14 2013 11:14 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I would like to thank the General for his years of service to our country but his ridicule of our civilian led government in that rolling stone interview, was dangerous and reeked of hubris.

He's lucky he wasn't court marshaled.

Jan. 14 2013 10:42 AM
Robert from NYC

Yet here he is again on show number 5(?) is it that I'll have heard/seen this story, again to be told to buy this book. Oime! No unique shows anymore, you hear one you hear 'em all. Where is the diversity in broadcasting.

Jan. 14 2013 09:00 AM
Jess from Downtown

War criminal. Read the "Operators"

Jan. 14 2013 08:51 AM

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