Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Petraeus sets his board ...

From Spencer Ackerman over at Wired. You can play the theme to A-team if you'd like. Nice.
It’ll be another few days before the Senate formally votes to confirm General David Petraeus as the new top commander of the Afghanistan war. But it looks like he’s sparing no time assembling his posse. Danger Room has learned that Brigadier General H.R. McMaster is headed to Afghanistan to become Petraeus’ new “Deputy J5,” a top officer in charge of plans.
I'd like to work for that guy.

Petraeus is all in - as you would expect. He's got a year. Everyone get out of his way.


27 comments:

LT B said...

MTH chosen to BA on his staff?  I pity the fool!

Byron said...

H.R. McMaster as Plans? That's definitely Sierra Hotel!

MR T's Haircut said...

HAHA  Suckas I am the first post on this thread!  Appropriate!!  I have this theme song as my ringtone fools! 

If you have a problem, no one else can help and If you can find them ...  good stuff.

Now for McMaster, one word, Awesome! 

about time fools!

Gen Petraeus, good luck Sir.

Byron said...

Outstanding! A-Team indeded?

Byron said...

Outstanding! A-Team indeed!

UltimaRatioRegis said...

I figured HR McMaster would be following soon.  An incredibly intelligent gentleman whom I had the good fortune to talk to for a while at UQ09. 

I wonder how the Obama administration is going to deal with Petraeus' absolute return to the very operational concepts that Obama the Senator criticized so virulently just a few years ago.

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I posted earlier and it didnt take for some reason. I was actually the first to post!  I have this as my ringtone suckas on my phone! 

My comment was McMaster = Awesome.  He is the Army version of Burke.  Not popular and still promoting.

lastly, Petraeus is like Hannibal.  I hope his plans come together.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Any predictions for the insurgency, Clubber?

Former 3364 said...

I'm suprised that you would post anything from DR. I had to stop reading it due to all the drivel that Oxygen load Shachtman produced.

Salty Gator said...

I'm waiting for them to pull in retired General Hal Moore, next.  Might as well sprinkle some of MacArthur's ashes at HQ as well, while you are at it. 

Salty Gator said...

definitely not a "Dereliction of Duty."  Sorry, I had to....

CDR Salamander said...

Dude.  Content and author.  Ackerman is OK.

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P A I N ......

John said...

No doubt about it, we will have the "best and brightest" on the uniformed side of things.  Finally promoted to BG, McMaster will be a huge asset.

However, one wonders how successful they can be with the rest of our "team" composed of the "anti-amerikan insane clown posse" assembled by Obama and more likely to be responsive to orders or even hints from the State Department, Congress, NATO, or even Karazai.

Based on the thoughts of experts in the region, I fear that while we may not have lost already, that the Afghan puzzle is unwinnable.  (See the many thoughtful postings at http://ciahart.blogspot.com/ for thoughts and analysis from the CIA station chief who armed the Muj against the Russkies.)

Our troops are superb and our military leaders are the best, but even they cannot convert an 8th century muslim culture into western democracy when the enemy is committed to jihad and ready to kill any man, woman or child who cooperates with the U.S.  This is a clash of cultures and our political leadership lacks the wisdom or will to make the commitments necessary for long term military success.  Their goal is only success for themselves in the next election-  see withdrawl date for confirmation.

Former 3364 said...

I agree that this is a great article, I just got tired of wading through all the crap.

Skippy-san said...

I for the life of me refuse to follow in the cult of Petreaus. This is not the Second Coming. The Afghan people-at the end of that year-will still be just as screwed up as they are now. The war will still be unwinnable and the fact will remain that we will have been in Afghanistan for over ten years. TEN YEARS. Wasted on a people who cannot and will not help themselves.

Somewhere, I hope Fox Fallon is laughing his ass off over the fact that maybe, just maybe. the Teflon General has finally been handed a problem that cannot be blamed away on others.

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Actually, Skippy, the worst-case would be a tad over eight years, considering that the only thing we had in Afghanistan for many months were a few Special Ops folks, but what's TWO YEARS amongst friends, eh? Not to mention that most of that time was spent with relatively few resources, while the main focus was on Iraq. Wasn't that the favorite mantra of the Left? "Bush is wasting time in Iraq while the REAL (and more important) war is ignored in Afghanistan?"

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ewok40k said...

I am not sure about winnability of AFG, but I am  gravely worried about US (let alone Euro-NATO) electorate willingness to sustain the effort for much longer... If Obama wont start retreat in 2011 he will be probably simply voted out of the White House in favor of someone who promises to end war - fast. Insurgencies have the misleading factor of lack of clear front lines to indicate progress of the war. In 1864 anyone could see Shermans march to the sea bisecting the Confederacy by simply putting pins in the map. In 1944 someone could map Pattons advance in France in similar manner. Not so in insurgency warfare, which leads to such misinformation like Tet and of course stories about Iraq being lost getting propagated even as the war was nearing its victorious conclusion.

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