Wednesday, June 23, 2010
President Obama today relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his Afghanistan command over stunning and insubordinate remarks he made to Rolling Stone magazine.
McChrystal, who was recalled to Washington DC by President Obama, met with the president in the Oval Office for roughly 30 minutes this morning. McChrystal was not invited to attend the national security meeting which followed.
Gen. David Petraeus, the head of the military’s Central Command and the architect of the 2007 Iraq surge, will take over as the top commander in Afghanistan which means the existing war strategy will likely remain in-place and unchanged.
President Obama, in announcing he had accepted McChrystal’s resignation, said:
“I welcome debate among my team but I will not stand for division.”