I know General McChrystal apologized for being indiscreet in a Rolling Stone interview yet again. Believe it if you wish. I do not. He has shown signs of wear and tear for some time. I think he’s had it and would be thrilled to be fired. He feels he does not have the tools (45,000 soldiers) to win. The opposite is true. His enemies know the date of his departure and are cutting deals in advance. His soldiers are dying in vein. Civilians sent to help him are actively undermining the little chance of success he has left. The president he serves is busy playing golf.
Why not quit? Because he is no quitter. It is much more honorable to get the president to fire him for telling the truth. He also owes his troops to tell the world that if the mission is lost, they are not to blame.
He is not the only shrugging Atlas. There are plenty of businessmen and entrepreneurs disappearing quietly into the mist. David Petraeus collapsed.