Gen. McChrystal made an unscheduled appearance at the NATO Defense Ministers’ meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia to hold a behind-the-scenes lobbying session to convince the ministers of his plan.
The visit appeared to work as the general intended, as the alliance publicly embraced his strategy. Analysts say the NATO endorsement will almost certainly pressure Obama to back the strategy as well.
That McChrystal believes that he can make this kind of political end-run around Obama and the Obama administration means that he perceives Obama as weak, and someone who will ultimately sign off on more US troops to be maimed and killed in this immoral and illegal war without end in order to appear that he is "doing something" on Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, in this instance, McChrystal may well be right.
The original outcomes desired of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan were to enhance corporate profit through the installation of pipelines to control the flow of Eurasian oil, and control of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.
This little exercise has certainly accomplished the second goal, but obviously not the first.
The only people, 9 years on, who appear to be "winning" this war are the private defense contractors and the drug lords.
And those outcomes, for We the People who have been forced to shell out our hard-earned taxes to pay for this continuing, blood-slathered folly, are absolutely unacceptable.