The Runaway General Gets Called on the Carpet

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, now known as “The Runaway General” has drawn a lot of heat and fire towards himself thanks to an article by Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone which hits the newsstands on Friday.

McChrystal it seems really opened his mouth and insterted his foot and the reaction has not been pretty and it’s been dominating the news all day.

Senator John Kerry released this statement in the wake of the article and President Obama’s subsequent issuance to McChrystal to meet with the CoC:

“When General McChrystal called me this morning, I emphasized that my concern is our policy in Afghanistan and what it will take to be successful there. I respect General McChrystal as a soldier and always have.  What’s most important is the 94,000 American troops serving in harm’s way in Afghanistan.  Their safety and their mission should be the priority we stay focused on above all else.  The Commander in Chief and his national security team, including his top commander on the ground, must have confidence in each other and confidence in the path forward in Afghanistan.  It would be a grave mistake to allow this unfolding news drama to distract anyone from the mission at hand. Now is not the time for Washington to be sidetracked by chatter. Everyone needs to take a deep breath and give the President and his national security team the space to decide what is in the best interest of our mission, and to have their face-to-face discussion tomorrow without a premature Washington feeding frenzy.”

There’s plenty of folks that are calling for McChrystal to be fired

Breaking word is that McChrystal has “tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama and that the White House is actively discussing a replacement who could be quickly confirmed by the Senate.” Stay tuned on that. Jonathan Alter explains in Newsweek, “Why Military Code Demands McChrystal’s Resignation.”

Marc Ambinder picked out some of the juiciest bits here… but you should read the whole Rolling Stone piece… folks on both sides of the aisle seem to agree, McChrystal is one piece of work.

There’s plenty more on Memeorandum and Mediagazer.

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2 Responses to The Runaway General Gets Called on the Carpet

  1. John Stone says:

    President Obama made the correct decision in removing General McChrystal. As always ,John Kerry’s comments in this article are right on target!

  2. Peace says:

    Will we call it the Ticker Tape parade ? Penality flag down on Hastings ! There is something to be said for making decisions on reliable sources. Off the record or on the record ! Reconsider McChrstal and let’s team up and win this war ! One writer’s perspective on the War and don’t ask me as an American to believe everything in the news. This artice is a “Fairy Tale .”