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The McChrystal Clock is Ticking

We have had many requests from webmasters on where they can get the McChrystal Clock. You can see how it works on this page at the top of the right column.

The McChrystal Clock is a free service of the National Institute of Prevarication. All a web page needs to do is enter this one-liner in its html and then it will be done. Copy and paste. (Make sure you don’t somehow use curly-quotes instead of regular quotes.)

<iframe width=”272″ height=”265″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” src=”http://prevarication.net/McChrystal-counter.html”></iframe>

This code will open a tiny window on your page where your visitors will view the running clock and will see a new photo of our troops each time the page reloads.

Here is a narrower version:

<iframe width=”220″ height=”215″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” src=”http://prevarication.net/McChrystal-counter-200.html”></iframe>

Here is a narrower version, with black background, white text:

<iframe width=”220″ height=”215″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” src=”http://prevarication.net/McChrystal-counter-200b.html”></iframe>

If you want to use only the text version only (no photos) use this:

<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://prevarication.net/afghan_clock/counting.js”></script>

That’s it, you just paste one of the 2 versions into your html and the clock shows up on your blog or web page. If you are using WordPress or similar software you need to the code into the html using the html editor. Since we are running the scripts on our web server you don’t need to worry about performance hits or trojan horse issues.

Let us know if you need other versions to fit your template.

The NIP hopes that widespread usage of this clock will illustrate the lack of attention the troops are getting from the White House. The point of the McChrystal Clock is not whether or not the White House should send more troops to Afghanistan. The NIP takes the position that Obama needs to take time out of his busy campaign schedule to at least give the general the courtesy of a reply. Is he going to send more troops per their request, or not?

If you want to read McChyrstal’s assessment the Washington Post has the unclassified version here.

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  1. October 26th, 2009 at 18:43 | #1

    Love it! But could you make the widget a little smaller? It over runs the sidebar in my blog template, and the text-only version has odd highlighting making it hard to read.

    If you could come up with a slightly smaller version of the full widget (maybe 200 pixels wide), that’d be awesome!

  2. October 26th, 2009 at 22:43 | #2

    @Eric We made a new version for you. Let us know if you or anyone else needs some modifications or if you have other issues. Thanks for posting it. We have to stand up for our troops.

  3. October 28th, 2009 at 11:36 | #3

    Nice little widget – I’ve got it on my blog. Take a look – a narrow, white-on-black version would look nice, don’t you think?

  4. October 28th, 2009 at 13:36 | #4

    @Patrick (CC) New version up for you. See above. Thanks for you adding it to your blog.

  5. October 28th, 2009 at 13:48 | #5

    Apparently this counter is getting under the skin of leftists. Check out the comment by Jeremy Kotkin in the comments section on this page: http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2009/09/more-forces-or-mission-failure/

  6. October 28th, 2009 at 14:11 | #6

    Huzzah! Thanks a bunch – it looks great!

  7. November 20th, 2009 at 15:15 | #7

    November 20th, 2009 at 14:18 | #1 Reply | Quote | Advanced edit
    MY name is Debbie and my son is a member in the 5th Stryker Brigade 1-17 ID fighting in Afghanistan. I can’t just sit here any longer while the extra troops they need are being pushed on the back burner. I created a YouTube video and I hope you can help by watching it and passing it along. We need to keep our Soldiers in the forefront and I don’t know how else to help them. Please help me and view this video immediately and pass it on. This comes straight from the heart of the mother of an American Soldier. Here is a link to the video.

  8. Jeffrey S
    December 20th, 2009 at 10:39 | #8

    Are you people willfully ignorant? Troop levels have doubled since Obama took office. Now they’re slated to rise by half again by another 30K. Where were you when Bush was in office?


  9. Karl Munchausen
    December 21st, 2009 at 09:27 | #9

    @Jeffrey S Many have asked where we were when Bush was in office. Most thankfully we owe our existence to the Obama stimulus funds.

  10. Giuseppe Fernández
    December 26th, 2009 at 12:35 | #10

    Thank you Obama!

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