"All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him." - Sun Tzu, the Art of War
"Rat in an Eagles' Nest." This is how Geraldo Rivera just described the "journalist" who wrote the Rolling Stone piece on General McChrystal. I don't usually agree with Rivera, but his words, "a rat in an eagles' nest," seem to me potentially quite apt. I've heard not a single person question the brilliance or integrity of McChrystal; everything I've heard about this extraordinary warrior is consistent with the "eagle" description, however lacking he may have been in media savvy. So, the question is then, what about the writer? Is he a rat?
I think the Rolling Stone writer is the same Michael Hastings that followed Giuliani during the presidential primaries (in both instances he is described as the author of a book called I Left My Love in Baghdad). Check this out from Mr. Hastings, published in GQ, October 2008.
It's called "Hack: Confessions of a Presidential Campaign Reporter."
If the radical Left, or even the not-so-radical Left - with its virulent and constant degradation of anything or anyone who is good and true or who loves this country - has sabotaged America by ambushing one of our greatest "eagles" and knowingly destroying his career, well.... what is there left to say?
Gd save us. This stinks to high heaven.
Oh, and one more thing. A military man and friend and colleague of McChrystal was interviewed, I forget his name, and he said that the General should have watched his flank. It's good advice for all of us. That, and know your enemy.
for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself,