McChrystal Makes Magazines Matter

By Ralph Hipp

Americans are already lining up in support of the President, or General Stanley McChrystal in Wednesday's ouster at the White House.  This is also a commentary on magazine articles, what's printed in them, what was said, and what happened to the speaker after the magazine was released on the newsstands.

One example I can think of is Jimmy Carter's interview with Playboy Magazine, where he said he "lusted in his heart" for other women.  He still got elected, but it was quite a comment for the lay minister who made his way to the White House.  We normally read what was said in these types of interviews before the magazine is released.. picking up the sales.. having EVERYONE in the country talking about "Rolling Stone" right now, fishing out the article's details online, and leaving the speaker to live with the consequences.  Which leads me to my "conspiracy theory.."

Did General McChrystal intentionally plan to give his opinion to "Rolling Stone's" Michael Hastings as part of an elaborate scheme to get himself out from under President Obama's thumb?  Was he trying to call the shots for the White House meeting to end his connection what he thought was a fruitless, or ridiculous military policy?  He certainly got even with VP Joe Biden.  But Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai sure liked McChrystal, and the way he was going after the Taliban and Haqqani militants in his country.

So now that McChrystal's been canned, is he leaving the military to work on his book with millions of dollars in advances on the line?   Will McC be the "hot" military commentator for CNN?  Is he working with political strategists on the details of his run for political office as an anti-Obama Tea Bagger in 2012?  The possibilities could be endless.  There's a lot of hay to be made by going against this President right now, and Stanley McChrystal is running the baler.

So don't cry for General Stanley McChrystal.  He sure wasn't crying about this yesterday. 

He may have planned it out this way all along.    RH

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