Screen Shot 2013-01-09 at 9.11.36 PMGeneral Stanley McChrystal (retired) has been on a book tour the past week, talking about his time as the Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, and the unfortunate Rolling Stones article that chauffeured him into retirement, earlier than he had planned. I have respect and admiration for most, if not all, of the Generals and Admirals I have worked with, as well as those who have been key figures in historical texts through the years. Gen. McChrystal is no exception, from what I have read, he was well liked, and watching these interviews I can see he has a calm, thoughtful way that would make a Soldier want to do their best for him.

Someone is telling different audiences exactly what they want to hear:

Today, there has been a lot of talk about what he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, that he didn’t think Americans needed Assault Weapons.  I heard that General McChrystal had been on Sean Hannity’s show, on Fox News, on the 7th of January. (Hannity’s interview was bout 36 hours prior to the Morning Joe appearance of the General.)  The odd thing is, that Sean Hannity did not ask the General one single question about gun control, the week of Vice President Biden’s gun panel, the week the Governor of New York plans to announce sweeping gun control legislation, the week the Aurora Shooter is having his preliminary hearing in Colorado, the week after the 113th Congress was called to order with dozens of Gun Control Bills in the hopper – and yet Sean Hannity did not ask the General one question.

After further investigation, the General had been on three different Fox News shows from the 7th to 9th of January, and no one asked him a single question on gun control.  It is almost as if it was planned that way.  Hmmmm….

Someone is trying to sell their book:

When a General speaks, I listen – they have earned that much through years of experience and honorable service.  On this issue, I must respectfully disagree with the General. Since he has retired, he has been working with Michelle Obama on her efforts to help military families, this is nothing but good.  Still, he is an ally to the Administration, and if they intend on increasing Gun Control, is there a better Spokesperson than a Retired General?

I do not know what the General actually believes, but he is motivated right now by three things:

  • Power
  • Politics
  • Selling as many books as possible, even it that means he says different things to different people.

As Fox News says, “We report, You Decide.”

Here is Sean Hannity interviewing General McChrystal a couple nights ago:

Here is the General this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. At 6:15 into the video, they begin to talk about guns. He is definitely open to increased gun control, and clearly believes the average American should not have an AR-15. Hmmm… I wonder why he didn’t say this on Fox News?

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