This is a true story. General Stanley McChrystal was the Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan and he had frequent disagreements on the conduct of the war with his Commander-in-Chief.
At one point McChrystal was called into the Oval Office and he knew his Army career was about to be over.
When former U.S. Military Commander in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal, was called into the Oval Office by Barack Obama, he knew things weren’t going to go well when the President accused him of not supporting him in his political role as President.
“It’s not my job to support you as a politician, Mr. President, it’s my job to support you as Commander-in-Chief,” McChrystal replied, and he handed Obama his resignation
Barack Obama has a long history of hating the US military and men and women who serve. He is never one to let someone have the last word but he failed in this instance.
Not satisfied with accepting McChrystal’s resignation the President made a cheap parting shot. “I bet when I die you’ll be happy to pee on my grave.”
The General saluted. “Mr. President, I always told myself after leaving the Army I’d never stand in line again.
Good job General McChrystal. I’m pretty sure that after five or six years of being in the ground the line will have diminished enough so that you won’t have to stand in line. You’re an honorable man, we know you wouldn’t cut in front of others.
A Rolling Stone magazine profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, had generated massive controversy.
Gen. McChrystal and his staff are portrayed making unflattering comments about top US officials, and he has been summoned to Washington in the wake of the article. He has apologized.
The Rolling Stone article quotes Gen. McChrystal saying he felt “betrayed” by the US ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, who last year argued against troop increases in a telegram to the White House that was leaked to the media.
“I like Karl, I’ve known him for years, but they’d never said anything like that to us before. Here’s one that covers his flank for the history books. Now if we fail, they can say ‘I told you so’.”
The full text of the Eikenberry telegram was leaked to the New York Times in January. It attacked Gen. McChrystal’s strategy and said President Hamid Karzai was “not an adequate strategic partner”.
GEN. MCCHRYSTAL ON SPECIAL ENVOY RICHARD HOLBROOKE
US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke is a veteran diplomat with whom the general would be expected to work closely. But the Rolling Stone article suggests that Gen. McChrystal was dismissive when he received a message from Mr. Holbrooke on his BlackBerry.
“Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke. I don’t even want to open it.”
Gen. McChrystal had a “special scepticism” for Mr Holbrooke, the article suggested.
GEN. MCCHRYSTAL ON DINNER WITH FRENCH OFFICIALS
The Rolling Stone article starts with a vignette about the general reluctantly attending a dinner in Paris as part of a mission to persuade the French government to maintain its efforts in Afghanistan.
“I’d rather have my ass kicked by a roomful of people than go out to this dinner… Unfortunately, no one in this room could do it.”
The article quotes an aide of the general as saying the dinner is with “some French minister”.
GEN. MCCHRYSTAL ON VICE-PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
The magazine article depicts Gen. McChrystal’s staff discussing the prospect of being questioned by Vice-President Joe Biden, and the general laughing as he says:
“Are you asking about Vice-President Biden? Who’s that?”
One of the general’s aides is then quoted making a joke about the vice-president.
COMMENTS MADE BY THE GENERAL’S AIDES
Many of the most colorful quotes in the Rolling Stone article come from unnamed aides in the general’s coterie. It is impossible to identify from the article how senior these anonymous figures are, or how close they are to the general.
One unnamed adviser says Gen. McChrystal was disappointed after his first meeting with President Barack Obama.
Another unnamed aide dismisses Gen. James Jones, the Obama administration’s national security adviser, as a “clown” who is “stuck in 1985”.