President Obama ousted General Stanley McChrystal today just days after the leader of the armed forces in Afghanistan was quoted in a magazine criticizing the Obama administration.
Obama accepted McChrystal’s resignation letter today with what he called “considerable regret” and nominated General Petraeus, the head of the U.S. Central Command to replace him.
The President made the announcement on his decision to relieve McChrystal of his duties in a press conference saying,
“It is the right thing for our mission in Afghanistan, for our military and for our country. I believe that it is the right decision for our national security. The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general.”
The General was quoted in Rolling Stone bashing Vice President Biden saying,
“Are you asking about Vice President Biden?’ (Laughs) “Who’s that?’
The writer of the Rolling Stone article also said that sources close to the General believe he thought Obama” failed to connect” and thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the room full of top military officials.
An advisor to McChrystal also adds that the first time The President met the general it was a “10 minute photo opp” saying,
“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 (McChrystal) was disappointed.”
Obama made sure to add that he did not oust the General based “out of any sense of personal insult” although a White House aide was quoted saying that The President was “angry” about the comment.