Thirty Minutes And Out For McChrystal

No official word yet, but this seems to confirm that General McChrystal is out:

The White House is reviewing a list of possible replacements for Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who admitted to top Obama administration officials that he “compromised the mission” by making disparaging comments in a Rolling Stone interview.

The embattled general met President Obama for about 30 minutes this morning and left the White House before the national security meeting scheduled for late morning. Administration officials were mum on the conversation that took place between Obama and McChrystal.

If he was staying, I doubt he would have missed the meeting discussing the war that he was (until this morning) in charge of.

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed for too young in July 2021.

Comments

  1. James Joyner says:

    I would concur.

  2. legion says:

    I’m of two minds on whether McC should be bounced out of the service, but I do feel strongly that, for the good of the mission, he should _never_ set foot back in Afghanistan. Don’t even send him back to clean out his desk.

  3. Gerry W. says:

    I think it is so much harder to do a job, when that job was all screwed up in the first place. I don’t know why every president in office thinks they can run a war from the White House. It is such a sad situation to have seen Afghanistan and the war on Al Qaeda abandoned for so many years for a war in Iraq. Under Bush, the generals became “yes” men, you didn’t have enough troops, too many soldiers died needlessly, and the generals and the civilian in charge got their medals. Now, we are trying to do the impossible.

  4. Juneau: says:

    It’s now official. Obama spent more time chewing out his supreme commander than he did conferring with on the best way to prosecute the war in Afghanistan – 30 minutes of spleen venting compared to 20 minutes of face -to – face on an airplane.

    It’s perfectly understandable. After all, it’s becoming abundantly clear that Obama cares much more about being disrespected than he does about actually accomplishing anything – no matter what the task. Except maybe golf. Or shooting hoops. Or parties at the whitehouse.

    He’s becoming a sad, silly joke. Unfortunately, the joke is on us.

  5. Juneau: says:

    “Under Bush, the generals became “yes” men, you didn’t have enough troops, too many soldiers died needlessly, and the generals and the civilian in charge got their medals”

    You ever been a soldier Gerry? In the military at all?

  6. Gerry W. says:

    Put four years in the Army. You seem to insinuate something. Maybe you have me trapped in a corner. So, let us hear your rant and we will see what the outcome will be.