McChrystal Retires.

by Daniel Russ on June 30, 2010

Obama and General McChrystal

“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.””

Source: HuffPost

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Corsair8X July 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I read a very compelling argument on Major Pain’s blog that this was suicide by interview. I tend to think this was the case as well. He could have just resigned but instead wanted to send a message about how he thought this administration was dealing with this war. He fell on a sword in an unexpected manner.

Daniel Russ July 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I really don’t fault McChrystal. I fault the policy, and frankly the President for doing something like this: trying to “stabilize” Afghanistan with a democratic government. McChrystal was put into a position where he couldn’t win.

In fact I think what Obama is doing is quite transparent. He is trying to find a way to say we won and then withdraw.

Corsair8X July 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Bare in mind that it was Bush that came up with that idea first – after taking his eye off the ball to bring democracy to Iraq. Obama’s issue is trying to do something that might take 10+ years and browbeat the military into saying it could be done in 18 months. And so now he has the military as a scapegoat when it doesn’t work out.

satellites October 18, 2010 at 4:07 am

I read a very compelling argument on Major Pain’s blog that this was suicide by interview. I tend to think this was the case as well. He could have just resigned but instead wanted to send a message about how he thought this administration was dealing with this war. He fell on a sword in an unexpected manner.

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