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McChrystal’s reputation restored after investigation reveals Rolling Stone story that got him sacked was false
BEN SAYS: The questions now are: When will Obama apologize to General McChrystal for believing Rolling Stone’s false article without first conducting an investigation, or even a review of the allegations? When will Rolling Stone issue an apology to McChrystal. When will the reporter and editor responsible for this garbage be fired? When will McChrystal file his lawsuit against Rolling Stone, and for how much?
NEW YORK POST: Nearly a year after being fired by President Obama as the top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Pentagon, as has his staff.
It’s about time.
McChrystal had served his country with distinction for decades, a special-forces officer known for a Spartan personal ethic, intense loyalty to the troops he led and single-minded dedication carrying out the orders at hand.
But he was abruptly relieved of command last June after Rolling Stone quoted some of his top military and civilian aides making disparaging remarks about administration figures, including Vice President Joe Biden and National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones.
JEFFREY LORD-AMERICAN SPECTATOR: Now that Keith “Lincoln only lost one election” Olbermann has departed MSNBC, the banner of historical ignorance has been picked up by Chris Matthews.
After playing a soundbite of Minnesota’s Congresswoman Michele Bachmann talking about the Founding Fathers and specifically discussing John Quincy Adams’ opposition to slavery, Matthews went on to disparage Bachmann as a “balloon head” because, according to Matthews, the Constitution deliberately counted slaves as only three-fifths of a person.
This is historical misstatement of a size that makes Matthews look like, well, a balloon head.
What happened to the new civility?
ABC NEWS: The newfound civility didn’t last long. Political rhetoric in Congress doesn’t get much nastier than the words of one House Democrat during the debate on repealing the health care law.
In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” Cohen said. “You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.
P.J. O’ROURKE-WEEKLY STANDARD: It was a weekend of great sorrow. On Saturday, January 8, an insane young man tried to kill Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, injuring her horribly. The man then fired his gun into a small political gathering, murdering a nine-year-old girl, a federal judge, a congressional staffer, and three of Giffords’s constituents. Thirteen other people were wounded. In the midst of life we are in death. There is, in this world, no making sense of such events.
Among the worldly, however, there is a temptation to make nonsense. Thus it was that on Sunday, January 9, the New York Times provided a further grief, much less important than the death and mutilation of innocents but shameful nonetheless.
SELWYN DUKE-CANADA FREE PRESS: The obvious villain in theGabrielle Giffords tragedy is the man who caused it, the very disturbed Jared Lee Loughner. Sadly, though, there have been villains in the response to it, too—many villains. And while it’s hard to make a pick for this Black Hat Award, one man who has certainly distinguished himself is Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.
As you may know, Dupnik has been busy warning of how speech has consequences while in the same breath blaming conservatives for the actions of Loughner. Now, I don’t blame the sheriff for asking why. It is fine to look for reasons. It is not fine to be reckless and wrong. And it’s a sin when it’s born of indifference to Truth.
To be precise, Dupnik implicates right-wing talk radio—he mentioned Rush Limbaugh—and cable news in the Giffords shooting. Yet a number of obvious things seem to have eluded this man, this supposed professional investigator. For starters, if we’re actually going to analyze the politics of Loughner, we should note that one of his former classmates describes him as a “left wing” “political radical” and “pot head” and that Loughner had listed The Communist Manifesto among his favorite works on his YouTube page. Then, many know about Loughner’s bizarre YouTube video. What few know, however, is that he apparently posted it to DemocraticUnderground.com before its appearance on YouTube. Yes, sheriff, that’s “democratic” as in Democratic Party—not as in Republican, Tea, or Animal House.