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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

McChrystal Resigns Over Administration and Afghanistan Remarks.

CNN is reporting that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has submitted his resignation.  

His resignation comes after comments McChrystal, a ranking U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, made in an upcoming June 25th Rolling Magazine article began surfacing on the Internet.

The article details McChrystal criticizing senior White House aides, while his assistants make fun at administration officials overseeing the war. 

It is reported that McChrystalmade fun of White House National Security Adviser Jim Jones -- a retired four-star general -- calling him a "clown stuck in 1985." 

The Rolling Stone article also became evident on a Facebook page owned by one Michael Yon

Yon has snippets of the RS article that shows more evidence of McChrystal's sentiments about his job, and President Obama, saying Obama didn't really know much about him before hiring him for the Afghanistan job.

"Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn’t go much better. “It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”

During today's press briefing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said "General McChrystal has made an enormous mistake."

"There are more than 90,000 of our bravest men and women in Afghanistan, and what we owe them is nothing short of our full support and our best efforts to get a new strategy in that country right.  That's the President's focus. That should be everybody's focus."

Gibbs said the president was "angry" over McChrystal's remarks.  (See video).

The president has not spoken to McChrystal as yet, but plans have been made for McChrystal to fly back from Afghanistan to meet with President Obama tomorrow in the Situation Room

And what a situation it is.

In his remarks this evening after meeting with members of his cabinet, Obama was asked if he was going to fire McChrystal.

"General McChrystal is on his way here and I am going to meet with him. Secretary Gates will be meeting with him, as well. I think it’s clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showedpoor judgment. And -- but I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make any final decisions", said Obama.

Here's what we do know.

If one soldier can fly home from Afghanistan, couldn't others be brought home as well?

End this crazy war.

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