Retired General McChrystal Compares MAGA Protesters to Al-Qaeda

Claims America headed for a "homegrown insurgency". Left unsaid is that these call for a McChrystal-style counter-insurgency

Imagine some poor dupe from Missouri who went to Afghanistan, only to have his former commander call him a terrorist

Editor’s note: One gets the impression the generals wouldn’t mind moving their permanent occupations to the homeland and save on commute.

Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal has compared the MAGA riot to the evolution of Al-Qaeda saying in both instances people followed a ‘powerful leader’ who ‘justified their violence’, as he warned America is headed for a homegrown insurgency.

McChrystal, the former commander of American troops in Afghanistan, said there are terrifying parallels between the birth of the terrorist group responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks and the violent siege on the US Capitol last week that left five dead and sent shockwaves around the world.

Donald Trump has given his supporters ‘legitimacy to become even more radical’, he told Yahoo News, with his Stop the Steal rhetoric now a radical rallying cry similar to the Lost Cause adopted by the Southerners in the American Civil War.

McChrystal, who was fired by President Barack Obama after he made disparaging remarks about him and then-Vice President Joe Biden, warned that now ‘the fabric of something very dangerous has been woven’, the consequences will continue long after Trump leaves office.

His comments come as the nation is still reeling from the January 6 attack on the seat of American democracy and security is being ramped up ahead of President-elect Biden’s inauguration.

As more arrests of mob members are made and new details of the siege continue to emerge, it has become increasingly clear that among the rioters were members of several extremist groups including white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Proud Boys.

McChrystal led the army’s fight against the the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

He said the recent events on the US soil are drawing concerning reminders of the rise of the terrorist group.

Back then, people with ‘very poor prospects’ followed Osama Bin Laden ‘who promised to take them back in time to a better place’, he said.

For the last four years, Trump has taken on that role with a radical group of American citizens.

On January 6, he riled up the crowds at a DC rally telling them to march to the Capitol and ‘to fight’, moments before the mob broke into the building to stop the Electoral College votes being counted.

‘I did see a similar dynamic in the evolution of al-Qaida in Iraq, where a whole generation of angry Arab youth with very poor prospects followed a powerful leader who promised to take them back in time to a better place, and he led them to embrace an ideology that justified their violence,’ McChrystal told Yahoo News.

‘This is now happening in America.’

McChrystal also drew comparisons to another dark time in American history.

‘President Trump has updated Lost Cause with his ‘Stop the Steal’ narrative that they lost because of a stolen election, and that is the only thing holding these people down and stopping them from assuming their rightful place in society,’ McChrystal said.

The Lost Cause myth came out of the Confederate states at the end of the Civil War as they tried to rewrite the narrative after losing.

They falsely claimed the war was caused by secession and what they said was a noble pursuit to protect the country – not about slavery, which they still believed was just and moral.

Meanwhile, Trump has repeatedly sought to rewrite his legitimate 2020 presidential election loss by pushing unfounded claims of mass voter fraud – claims that his avid fans have latched onto.

‘That gives them legitimacy to become even more radical,’ McChrystal told Yahoo News.

He warned that the problem is already much deeper than people realize: ‘I think we’re much further along in this radicalization process, and facing a much deeper problem as a country, than most Americans realize.’

And the radicalization which has already taken deep roots in the US will not simply disappear when Trump does, McChrystal warned.

Federal authorities are still rounding up perpetrators of last week’s riot and have vowed to come down heavily on those involved.

When this happens, McChrystal said, extremists tend to go quiet and regroup and will likely become ‘more professional’.

‘As this extremist movement comes under increasing pressure from law enforcement in the coming days and weeks, its members will likely retreat into tighter and tighter cells for security, and that will make them more professional, and those cells will become echo chambers that incubate even more radical thinking along the lines of armed insurrection,’ he said.

‘So even if Trump exits the scene, the radical movement he helped create has its own momentum and cohesion now, and they may find they don’t need Trump anymore.’

Another ‘charismatic leader’ will step up and fill the gap left by Trump, McChrystal added.

‘They can just wait for another charismatic leader to appear,’ he said.

‘So the fabric of something very dangerous has been woven, and it’s further along than most Americans care to admit.’

McChrystal was the head of Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq during the 2000s and the commander of all US and allied troops fighting the terrorist organization in Afghanistan.

Source: The Daily Mail

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3 months ago

Hmmmm,,, we wonder why no wars are won. Officers think the same of the enlisted as politicians think of the ‘people’. All like this clown are traitors to the constitution and the republic unlike real generals of the past that were usually loyal to the people.

Note these traitors use the freedom of speech that they will deny citizens. And I can guarantee you they will order troops to fire upon citizens. Even MacArthur ordered the attack on the Bonus protesters wanting money government promised them.

Many don’t know about the poll taken to see how many would fire on US citizens. Even back in my day 60s,70s 20% of troops said they had no problem killing citizens if ordered to do so, Today I hear it over 70%. Schools and media have done their jobs well. Parents and Churches have completely ignored it and have helped create monsters like McChrystal.

Soon, we will see what our apathy wrought…

3 months ago
Reply to  ken

I’m familiar with the poll that you reference, and when it was studied in detail it was found that White solders would, when ordered, kill their own people without hesitation. However, the same was not true for Black, and Latino soldiers. Blacks, and Latinos have strong racial, and ethnic identity while Whites not only lack any attachment to their people they are actually hostile to their culture. Now that the U$ military is less than 40% White male the dynamic has changed.

I suppose you’ve noticed the the Marines have been stripped of their heavy armor, and their air superiority fighters? Could it be that the Powerz are afraid that the Marines might honor their motto, “Semper Fidelis” Ever Faithful?

3 months ago

I’m not a Trump supporter, and in my opinion he has been an agent provocateur who has facilitated the polarization, and militarization of the U$. Trump could have stopped the so called riot by simply saying, “Don’t go to the capital it’s a trap!” Trump knew that infiltrators in the crowd would precipitate an incident that the media would turn into an insurrection.

Prior to Trump American discontent was not in the open, and was not focused. Now the discontent has coalesced under the banner of Trump, and the Empire has a target to focus on. The military is being purged of dissidents who might honor their oath, oppression is rapidly increasing, and the grotesque beast of state terrorism has been unleashed. We do live in interesting times.

Yes general, the fabric of something very dangerous to the existing U$ state has indeed been woven. Perhaps this is the beginning of the end of the evil empire. Hopefully it will be dissolved without extreme violence, but that is highly unlikely. The U$ is like a very bad marriage, and it will not separate without tearing itself to pieces.

The above would be a pleasant end to what will most likely turn our to be a REVELATION 18 event.

3 months ago

To continue with analogies, I would think McChrystal would agree that governments lie, steal and kill much like a gangsters do.

3 months ago

mcburger appointed chief commander Antifa, will ethnically cleanse any American that can think

3 months ago

So, when are McChrystal and his brother officers going to Gitmo for letting the Jews get away with 9/11?