[Marxism] General McChrystal - death squad poster boy

Nasir Khan naskha3 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 4 11:55:19 MDT 2010

The sacking of the head of NATO’s military command in Afghanistan,
General Stanley McChrystal, caused a surge in coverage of the man
described by political analyst James Petras as “Cheney’s chief

In May 2009, Petras sampled from McChrystal’s CV. The general had
played a central role in directing units involved in “extrajudicial
assassinations, systematic torture, bombing of civilian communities
and search and destroy missions”. He was “the very embodiment of the
brutality and gore that accompanies military-driven empire building”.

Between September 2003 and August 2008, McChrystal commanded the
Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations (JSOC), tasked to set up death
squads and paramilitary forces to terrorise communities and movements
opposing the US and its allies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
JSOC’s Major General William Mayville described the operation in Iraq:
“JSOC was a killing machine.”

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