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Chef Mojo
I'm a chef living in Scottsville, Virginia, USA, with the Lady T, two fabulous cats, a tank of fake fish and a ton of books. Oh. And knives. Lots of knives.
Interests: Cooking, reading, movies, all sorts of music, traveling, our cats, moonlit walks on the beach culminating in blood sacrifice rituals.
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With all due respect, Marsh626, the point is not whether McChrystal comes off looking like an "insubordinate douche," but rather his overall judgement in this matter, which was piss poor. More specifically, it was butt stupid. Yeah, I know he's a bad ass warfighter, and that carries a lot of water here, but that does not mean he was the best pick for this job. You really need tact to hold this kind of command, and I'm not seeing it. You don't get in pissing matches with the Ambassador, State Department guys or the President, no matter how justified! You do your job, keep your dick where it belongs and carry out your orders. If you've got a problem with that, then resign your commission, go home and blast Obama, Eikenberry and Holbroke till you're blue in the face. Scream it from the hills. But while he wears that uniform, he has an obligation to keep his goddamn political and policy views to himself. Or at the very least, be discreet about it! As for Yon's rant? I can understand it. Saying that Yon was disembedded for OPSEC violations is tantamount to accusing the man of attempted murder. I'd be pretty hot about it if someone falsely accused me of that, and you would be too. You'd probably yell and rant too. Yon has defended himself with evidence, and nobody else has been able to refute it. Jim Hanson dug a deep hole when he claimed that Yon had been disembedded from Canadian forces when he hadn't been embedded with them in the first place. Hanson had to take it back on the air by claiming he "misspoke." But that cut the legs out from under Hanson's argument that Yon only goes after those who disembed him, presumably for OPSEC violations. This is in reference to going after Canadian GEN Menard. And he was right about that.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2010 on Looks Like Yon Was Right at BLACKFIVE
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There's also the spectacle of McChrystal and Eikenberry shitting in each other's sandboxs. Plenty of blame to go around for that. But what the hell is the matter with these two? Just what does this sniping accomplish? Look, I'm a civilian. Help me out here. How has any of McChrystal's behavior contributed to the furthering of victory in AfPak? Seriously. Rant all you want about the CinC - and I'll join you in a full throated roar there... - and administration policy and the suits in the various puzzle palaces along the Potomac, but in the end, I cannot see how McChrystal showed the slightest good judgement. I think Yon saw this way before anybody, and he was right in this regard: Anybody who acts this way and shows such bad political judgement as a flag officer has no place commanding this war.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2010 on Looks Like Yon Was Right at BLACKFIVE
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I've gotta go with Pinch on this. McChrystal, despite his political proclivities, showed astoundingly poor judgement across the board. He's been showing this since he took command - Remember the hooha over the UK speech that landed him some face time on AF1? I think Yon sniffed this out bigtime. What we're seeing now is a symptom of a far deeper dysfunction in McChrystal's command. Any theater commander that allows his staff to go off the handle like this, and not slapping them down is, for all intents and purposes, participating in the fun. The depiction of McChrystal and his staff on the town in Paris acting like a bunch of pathetic shavetails is pretty revealing, and downright stupid. You want to act like that, wait till you're back at the O Club or in a friendly bar off base. And perhaps not with a journalist in tow. We may not like that officers cannot speak freely concerning the CinC, but they knew that when they signed on. Sniping at civilians is not going to help your case or make your job easier. As a flag officer, McChrystal has an obligation to either follow orders, or resign his commission and get the hell out of the way. He's done neither, as far as I can see.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2010 on Looks Like Yon Was Right at BLACKFIVE
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Posted Apr 28, 2010 at O My Brothers!
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Mar 15, 2010
Modern technology is somewhat puzzling to me. What I mean is that really modern technology drives me completely crazy in the head. Oh, certainly, I've kept up with like the latest in as much as music is shilarned. That's a given. Computers, even. But krovvier cell phones? It's mostly the carriers and plans. The phones are fine; I can pony them. The carriers, on the other rook, make me want to engage in ultra-violence to a degree that would be truly shameful were it not for my medication. More on that at a later raz. Cell phone carriers are vicious,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2009 at O My Brothers!
...you might ask? It is indeed nothing less than miraculous that a convicted murderer and suspected rapist - No... Let us be straight on this, my droogs. I have raped, murdered and engaged in a fair amount of ultra-violence and mayhem in general. It's dobby to be honest about such veshches, especially since I've ookadetted them so far behind and in another country. As I was saying, it's nothing less than miraculous that a right bolshy, nasty bratchny like me could ever emigrate to the United States of America, but that's what happened, lo these many years past. Here's how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2009 at O My Brothers!
Krovvier hell. I suppose I deserved it. The splitting clop to my gulliver this morning. That's what you get for mixing Red Bull with like Moloko+/Synthmesc, and then slooshying to Braham's 2nd Piano Concerto as it gets all like bubbly in your mozg. You ask if I had the old in-out in-out? Last nochy? HA! My pan-handle was as limp as a slobbering old pyahnitsa in a ditch! Now, I have to sloosh to all the sodding birds creeching outside the oknoes like all the demons of hell. Sodding bog. I'm ittying back to spatchka. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2009 at O My Brothers!
So, I messel, why not write on a blog? Everyone's doing it, so it can't be too difficult. It'll let chellovecks smot in on me and viddy how I got here and what I'm doing now. And I love this slovo, "blog." Dobby slovo, that. Could even be nadsat, by the zvook of it. And govoreeting of nadsat... Yes, I'm aware of the irony of a moodge in his sixties govoreeting the slovoes of his nadsat, but old habits snuff it hard, eh? Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2009 at O My Brothers!
Well, to nachinat, my droogs. Or rather to continue, this being malenky Alex, your humble correspondent, grown older and perhaps wiser with like a few hits to the old gulliver. I've had a rassoodock to smot about for veshches to do in my dotage, and messel to myself, "Welly, welly, well! Isn't this a dobby way to tell entertain myself?" So, here I sit in front of this choodessny machine, tapping at the klootches and pushing a knopka to turn up the music volume to call up a lomtick of Ludwig Van, while I try to think of something to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2009 at O My Brothers!