McChrystal’s New Mission

by lizard

Last month, Joe Klein reported on McChrystal’s New Mission:

General Stan McChrystal made an important statement in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

He announced an ambitious new plan for serious national service. The plan—the Franklin Project—was hatched under aegis of the Aspen Institute and it’s about the best I’ve seen in many years of lobbying for a robust form of service—and I make a distinction between service, which is full-time, tough and challenging, and volunteerism, which is admirable but not all-consuming.

In the coming weeks, I’ll elaborate on the many reasons we need a rigorous progam to provide a coming-of-age ritual that will transform boys and girls into men and women (and it’s especially important for boys). There will be a summit to discuss the implementation of the Franklin plan in late June.

For the moment, congratulations are in order for McChrystal who, I’m told, has been pushing for the most intense form of service in the Franklin Project’s internal deliberations. This effort is, I believe, crucial to the future of our democracy.

The Aspen Institute?

The Aspen Institute is largely funded by foundations such as the Carnegie Corporation, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Ford Foundation, by seminar fees, and by individual donations. Its board of trustees includes leaders from politics, government, business and academia who also contribute to its support. Board members include Madeleine Albright, Sylvia Earle, Henry Louis Gates, David Gergen, David H. Koch, Queen Noor of Jordan, and Condoleezza Rice.

It’s good to see a disgraced general get some much needed rehab for his national brown shirt project.

America: fuck yeah!


  1. lizard19

    speaking of image rehab, how will Mercedes respond to the fact a Mercedes C250 burst into flame and ejected its motor?

  2. Yuck. I heard some retired general on “Up” recently say that we needed a national boot camp. Every young person should go through boot camp. It will be an experience they will be able to treasure and share for the rest of their lives. All righty then. We are committed to future of more war and more “wounded warriors”. So much for ideas like community service and peace corps.

  3. Turner

    Actually, I think universal service, including the military, might go part way to reducing militarism. If children of the wealthy and well-connected have to serve alongside unprivileged children, Very Important People won’t be quite so eager to involve our country in needless wars.




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