BREAKING: Gen. Stanley McChrystal Resigns

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gen. Stanley McChrystal has submitted his resignation, Time magazine’s Joe Klein tweets on CNN.

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.

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17 Responses to BREAKING: Gen. Stanley McChrystal Resigns

  1. Jim says:

    Good riddance indeed!

  2. DMason says:

    Appalling. Stan McChrystal reminds me of Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. These are rogue military men made insane from the excesses of war.

  3. Bee says:

    Y’know, if I went and gave an interview to Rolling Stone telling them what I really think of my boss, I wouldn’t get the chance to “resign.”

  4. the guy is a total ass – but watch how fast he becomes a hero to the Palin-crowd

  5. fran says:

    Sounds like Obama now has to decide if he accepts his resignation. To me, I think McC really knows Afghanistan is not winnable. The layout of the land- the rugged mountains dictate how & where people can travel- the locals who can watch all activity have an advantage.
    How about this — demote McC to some hellish outpost doing latrine duty in Afghansitan. I favor letting McC resign- with a dishonorable discharge- no benefits.
    Reverse the surge & send troops back home.
    We could use the help in the Gulf.
    Give Afghanistan humanitarian aid thru the United Nations.

  6. Randy Arroyo says:

    Resign? Gen. Stanley Cuckoo dissed the Commander in Chief. Resign? Hell no — Obama should fire his ass publicly. This is an opportunity for the president to look like a leader in the eyes of the world.

  7. Miss Courtet says:

    General McChrystal needs to go and stay gone.

  8. R.J. says:

    McArthur –whoops, I meant McChrystal had to go. You just don’t commit insubordination against the commander in chief no matter who it is.

    Watch. He’ll be the resident “military expert” on Fox News in a couple of months.

  9. dog says:

    McChrystal hasn’t resigned. Where do you get your info from? Won’t you look silly if it turns out McChrystal remains in place.

  10. Jolly Roger says:

    CNN, via Joe Klein, is reporting that Stanley is gone.

    If he is, so much the better. Let FOX “News” have him. But, as to the outcome of the Afghani war, it makes no difference. We lost. It’s time to admit it.

  11. cva says:

    McChrystal is gone, but, was he right in saying what he said? He aired his views, admittedly in the wrong fashion…..

  12. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    I have it on good authority that McChrystal is a full out alcoholic. The guy drinks from morning to night with little down time from the bottle.

    He likes his bourbon. Very much a ‘death or glory’ guy, Stan the Man has been fingered on several occasions as causing death or injury to those under his command by attempting ‘reckless ops’. But then, he does tend to succeed.

    He should’ve retired long ago.

    If you had a son or daughter under his command, would you want your kid reporting to an alki? I know I sure as hell wouldn’t. Booze clouds your ability to make sound decisions.

  13. Bep says:

    If McChrystal holds the CIC in such contempt then he needs to move on. Blackwater is still operational and they always needs new neocons to do America’s dirtiest secret police work for hire.

  14. Woodcliffe says:

    McChrystal could face court martial.

    His remarks (against his CIC) and behavior (Pat Tillman) stand outside the military code of ethics.

  15. feminazi says:

    I’ve heard this about McChrystal too, Arizona. My daughter lives near Richmond, VA and has a number of friends whose husbands are in the military. In fact, McChrystal’s drinking problem is the stuff of legend.

  16. Rachel says:

    Arizona Leatherneck – Thanks for posting this. I was hoping you would be around since you were in the 1st Gulf war and know the military. History shows that Harry Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1951 for politicking to expand the Korean War. For a man as smart as Barack Obama, he seems to have little knowledge about what happens when a General forgets who he answers to. Especially in times of war.

  17. TOM339 says:

    Arizona Leatherneck,

    That’s quite a statement.

    But knowing everything I know about McChrystal and knowing you as well as I do, I have to believe your sources are correct.

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