The National Republican Congressional Committee is urging Gen. Stanley McCrystal to put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “in her place” for weighing in on Afghanistan — prompting one female Pelosi ally to blast the House GOP as “80 percent male,” “100 percent white” — and completely out of touch.
On Monday night, Pelosi told Charlie Rose “should go up the line of command” instead of publicly opining on strategy — prompting a swift, sneering reaction from the GOP committee.
Mocking the first female speaker as “General Pelosi,” an NRCC spokesman wrote, “If Nancy Pelosi’s failed economic policies are any indicator of the effect she may have on Afghanistan, taxpayers can only hope McCrystal is able to put her in her place.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is close to Pelosi, could barely contain her anger.
Pelosi is, of course, 100% correct. I kind of happen to think that McCrystal was kind of screwed anyway you looked at it when he was in London, because his report had been leaked and people knew what he thought already- he had no choice but to answer the way he did to that question. On the larger point, though, Pelosi is completely correct. He should be going through the chain of command with his opinions and plans. No one who has ever spent more than a few hours in the military would dispute this.