In Rolling Stone, General McChrystal publicity rips administration
Resource for this article: General McChrystal publicly rips administration in Rolling Stone
McChrystal's Obama contemptIn the article, General McChrystal and his staff reveal their contempt with several officials carrying out the administration's Afghanistan war policy. Fox News reports the article in this week's Rolling Stone quotes McChrystal making disparaging remarks about President Obama, mocking Vice President Joe Biden, feeling "betrayed" by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, and recalling how Obama looked "uncomfortable and intimidated" by a roomful of military officers. An aide to McChrystal also decides he wants to call National Security Adviser Jim Jones "a clown" who remains "stuck in 1985."
Fallout of McChrystal Rolling StoneGeneral McChrystal is to attend a White House meeting with Biden and many of the other advisers whom McChrystal or his staff mocked in the article. The general has fired Duncan Boothby, the press aide who booked the McChrystal Rolling Stone interview. According to the Washington Post, timing of the Rolling Stone article by freelance journalist Michael Hastings could hardly be worse. With little but bad news coming out of McChrystal's Afghanistan war and increasing casualties, U.S. lawmakers and senior officials from allied countries are increasingly skeptical about the U.S. Afghanistan strategy. Meanwhile, it was reported by the Associated Press that Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly backs McChrystal in Afghanistan and hopes Obama doesn't decide to replace him.
It is done again by General McChrystalThis isn’t the first time this has happened. Last year following the general's evaluations and recommendations for the Afghanistan war were made public, he gave a speech in London openly criticizing administration officials, vice president Joe Biden in unique, who disagreed with him. On that very same occasion McChrystal was called on the carpet of Air Force One in Copenhagen, where the president had traveled to speak about Chicago's bid to host the Olympics. According to the New York Times, General McChrystal has apologized for his remarks, saying the article was “a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened.”
Additional details at these websitesFox News whitehouse.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/06/22/obama-summons-his-top-general-in-afghanistan-back-to-white-house-after-disparaging-remarks/ The Washington Post washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/22/AR2010062200813_2.html?sid=ST2010062200900 New York Times nytimes.com/2010/06/23/world/asia/23mcchrystal.html?hp