Stan Goff: McChrystal & Pelosi
One can’t be sure where to start in unpacking what people need to know about this guy — Stanley McChrystal, the military-culture that is refracted in his personhood, and the peculiar institutional ecology of that military.
I don’t know Stanley McChrystal. I came in the Army a couple of years before him. We are both named Stanley. We were both in Special Operations. He was an officer; I was enlisted. We both served in A Company 2nd Ranger Battalion, in 75th Ranger Regiment, in 7th Special Forces, and he commanded the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) of which was in a constituent unit once. Nonetheless, neither of us ever served in these units at the same time. A Company 2nd Ranger Battalion was also Pat Tillman’s company when he was killed in April 2004. So I don’t know Stanley McChrystal, and all I can say about him specifically is based on stuff that I’ve read. But I can say some things that don’t require detailed knowledge of McChrystal’s whereabouts and activities at any given time. Because I am familiar with the ways that military culture is reflected in the individuals who are part of that culture.
We’ll get to McChrystal in a moment. The Killer’s Toyota, the call from Dannie, the whole McChrystal thing… these all made me feel restless. The real kicker is that Obama will probably support this guy; and this at the same time that Obama just placed himself between the ACLU and a bunch of torture photographs from places just like the ones that McChrystal developed and commanded in Iraq and Afghanistan.