General Stanley McChrystal

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, in May 2010. (Getty)

General Stanley McChrystal, former commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. His memoir My Share of the Task is a portrait of his life in the military, and shows how the traditional military establishment turned itself into the adaptive, resilient force that would soon be tested in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the wider War on Terror.


General Stanley McChrystal

Comments [11]

jgarbuz from Queens

The hard Left are always zealous to point out the warts of US behavior while giving a pass or ignoring the outrageous barbarities of our adversaries. They are great at snatching failure from the jaws of victory.

Jan. 17 2013 12:48 PM
Tim from North Carolina

jgarbuz, so you are saying that Obama should roll over and let us become a socialist country?

Jan. 17 2013 12:42 PM
moshe from NY

Gen. McChrystal makes two somewhat simplistic arguments:
though it is true that not all American troops behave like the Abu Grabe case, can he see that this behavior is a normal extension of the American exceptionalism mindset that is drilled in the soldiers day in day out, not speaking of 'God bless America' and the idea we are the 'best' - force, society, democracy,..?

and, the idea that 'we came in to help you': isn't it a misleading statement, and once you assume it as the starting point then you have to deal with reality and behavior of the locals in opposite to your expectation?


Jan. 17 2013 12:40 PM
Lena from Brooklyn

Minor point, but the incessant mispronunciation of Iraq as "eye-rack" by both Leonard and his guest is driving me crazy.

Jan. 17 2013 12:38 PM
Nancy Yousef from Brooklyn

C'mon Leonard, don't let this guy roll over you. Abu Ghraib was not an "aberration." The nation had a policy of torture, humiliation and indefinite detention which flew in the face of the Geneva Convention and, frankly, an unwritten honor code which separates the civilized from the barbaric in the conduct of warfare. Please push back. Abu Ghraib was not "the worst thing that happened" in terms of US rep in the middle east--it was consistent with and confirmation of odious practices in the war against terror.

Jan. 17 2013 12:33 PM much more testimony/evidence do we need before we indict Bush/Cheney et al???

Jan. 17 2013 12:32 PM

To wnyc: please make a rule that no one guest can be on both shows of Brian and Leonard. Other public radio shows, too. I can't tell you how many times I've heard Stanley interviewed in the past couple of weeks. Cut it out! Let's have a greater variety of guests on this station, please.

Jan. 17 2013 12:28 PM
Roger from The Bronx

Hey @B.A. - I saw him on Charlie Rose last week, and he soft pedaled on torture. He didn't mention his unit's torture (Charlie didn't ask) BUT he did talk about the effect of torture on the forces. I thought that was really interesting - and I haven't heard a general talk about that before.

Jan. 17 2013 12:26 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

The Pentagon inspector general implicated him in the cover-up of the real cause of Pat Tillman's death. Tillman's family was outraged when McCrystal was appointed to head a commission on military families.

Jan. 17 2013 12:21 PM

Will Leonard ask the general about his unit's role in torture in Iraq?

And is McCrystal aware of the devastating effects of torture on the soldiers themselves?


Jan. 17 2013 12:16 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

How can you make a final peace with any ideology or theology that believes in its right to dominate and predominate over the entire world, be it Communism, Nazis, or Islamism? From its first day, Islam is the Will and Sword of Allah, to establish Allah's Will by any means necessary, including by violence over the face of the earth.

Jan. 17 2013 12:15 PM

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