“WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was fired last week as the top U.S. general in the stalemated Afghanistan war, told the Army on Monday that he will retire.
Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said McChrystal, 55, notified the service of his plans. The general submitted formal retirement papers, but it is not clear when he will leave the service because the process usually take a few months.
In announcing McChrystal’s ouster on Wednesday, President Barack Obama praised his long Army career but said his intemperate remarks in a magazine article that appeared last week could not be abided.
McChrystal apologized for the remarks in Rolling Stone magazine and flew to Washington last week to resign as commanding general of the war.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said Monday he backed Obama’s decision to remove McChrystal because the “cumulative representation” of the magazine article revealed “poor judgment that included a bad command climate” that tolerated harsh criticism of the U.S. civilian leadership.
Speaking in Colorado at the Aspen Forum, Mullen said military leaders must always be mindful that they serve elected leaders. “We must ensure that we are adhering to that in every way – publicly, privately, formally, informally,” he said. “To the degree that we tolerate it even in private discussions, it’s corrosive.””