News about one of the brothers of the person who was my boss from March 2004 to January 2006.
And on The Subject of Pentagon Announcements
(Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independant)
A lot of people believe [Lieutenant General Stanley A.] McChrystal will be the next Iraq commander after David Petraeus finishes his tour. The horserace—and this is pure gossip here, to be clear—has it between McChrystal and Lt. Gen. Pete Chiarelli, who was corps commander under George Casey.I never met Stanley. Just his brother whom I worked for and another brother who I worked with. Of the two brothers I knew, one was OK. The other... well, let me not talk about that here. And of course none of that likely has any relevance to Stanley.
Hey, as a wierdly odd conicidence... I am reading (just finished actually) this book:
On the second to last page is there is mention of: Lieutenant General Stan McChrystal !!! Apparently for the time period in question in the book McCrystal was the head of JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) and the primary commander (though in a second hand manner) to 'Taskforce 145' a SpecOps group operating in Iraq with the main goal of finding and disrupting (and apparenty doing a decent job despite news reports?) the Al-Queda-in-Iraq insurgents.
Given the bent of the book in question it's possible there are some parts overly glossed up, but essentially the book states that SpecOps has been given more lime-light/work/prestige in the last few years than ever before ad thus command officers in the US military organizations with SpecOps training/experience are getting promote ahead of their normal breathren. This is a reversal in the positioning/prestige of SpecOps of the past.
Interesting the coincidence though, eh?
A subsequent article I read mentioned that they think the other guy... Chiarelli... is probably going to get the Iraq gig over McChrystal.
god help us if that McChrystal has ANY kind of contact with the McChrystal you dont want to talk about here...
They are brothers. You figure they have to talk sometime, right? Wow, just had visions of the whole of that family around a table at Thanksgiving or some such. Scary. :-)