“Rolling Stone” Uncovers Nefarious Plot to Brainwash Senators Into Increasing Afghan War Funding!!
Yes, Rolling Stone, not content with crushing Ex-Gen. Stanley McChrystal like an eggshell, has now set its sights on Lt. General William Caldwell, in charge of training troops in Afghan. And this is a heck of a lot crazier than just having a bunch of your goons sitting around in the Officers Club bar dissing President Obama to a reporter. No, Caldwell wanted his “psy-ops” guys (yes, that term is as creepy as it sounds) figure out how to brainwash visiting Congresspeeps into giving the military lots more money for Afghanistan! And reporter Michael Hastings is naming names and giving dates and transcribing conversations and stuff. Journalism!! Real, gutsy investigative journalism. From ROLLING STONE! Feel stupid MSM? You should.
Anway, I digress. The crux of the situation is that Caldwell ordered Lt. Col. Michael Holmes, lead brainwasher, who is only supposed to be brainwashing enemy brains, to prepare dossiers on visiting Senators and Representatives so they could figure out what would push their buttons and get them to start throwing money at Afghanistan when they got home. Apparently some of the targeted group were senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, (like those guys needed any persuasion) Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin.
Holmes, noting that this was actually specifically against the law balked initially and had some correspondence about this with the legal guys. Who agreed. So then Caldwell decided to put the screws on Holmes by investigating him and accusing him of spending too much time on Facebook and being flippant there to boot! And a bunch of other bad stuff like drinking whiskey and going off base in civvies. Ultimately the whole psy-op group got demoted to public relations ops.
But here’s the creepy part (cue Twilight Zone theme):
As for the operation targeting U.S. senators, there is no way to tell what, if any, influence it had on American policy. What is clear is that in January 2011, Caldwell’s command asked the Obama administration for another $2 billion to train an additional 70,000 Afghan troops – an initiative that will already cost U.S. taxpayers more than $11 billion this year. Among the biggest boosters in Washington to give Caldwell the additional money? Sen. Carl Levin, one of the senators whom Holmes had been ordered to target.
Check it out - it’s a great read. And the military reportedly began an investigation within hours of the story’s release.