Insubordination? Stanley McChrystal Mocks Obama Administration; Summoned to White House
Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan who made a series of flip remarks about the Obama White House in a recent Rolling Stone profile, has now been summoned by the administration to attend a monthly meeting on Afghanistan/Pakistan policy in person.
McChrystal has been asked to “explain to the Pentagon and the commander in chief his quotes in the piece about his colleagues,” a senior official told ABC News.
In the profile, titled “The Runaway General,” McChrystal jokes that he has never heard of Vice President Joe Biden and claims he felt “betrayed” by Gen. Karl Eikenberry’s (ret.) leak of a cable that labeled Hamid Karzai “not an adequate strategic partner.” ABC has a good rundown of some of the more outrageous things McChrystal and his aides said:
• A McChrystal adviser says that in his first meeting with the general, President Obama “clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his f---ing war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”
• Another aide calls National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones (ret.) a “clown … stuck in 1985.”
Given that the Afghan War has just become the longest war in U.S. history, this sort of incendiary publicity could not come at a worse time for McChrystal. Perhaps that’s why he issued this saran-wrapped lament last night:
I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened. Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity. What is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard. I have enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team, and for the civilian leaders and troops fighting this war and I remain committed to ensuring its successful outcome.
McChrystal has been conducting damage control in Afghanistan for about a year now. We'll see how effectively he can do it on two fronts.