Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Gen. Stanley McChrystal has submitted his resignation, Time magazine’s Joe Klein tweets on CNN. http://on.cnn.com/8YXzqk
President Barack Obama was characterized as “furious” after the U.S. Afghanistan commander, Gen Stanley McChrystal mocked the president and his administration in a disparaging interview appearing in Rolling Stone magazine titled The Runaway General.
Among the bon mots in the Rolling Stone piece, McChrystal dismissed Vice President Joe Biden with “Who’s that?”
But McChrystal’s most scathing criticism is reserved for President Barack Obama, who he claims he voted for in 2008.
McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn’t go much better. “It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”
McChrystal publicly apologized Tuesday for using “poor judgment” in interviews for the magazine. He then hastily left Afghanistan to appear, as ordered by President Obama, at the White House on Wednesday.
But the damage to Stanley McChrystal’s military career is done. He is unfit to serve. The interview stands as a staggering example of military insubordination. The last thing the American troops need at this critical time in Afghanistan is a rogue general. Good riddance.