How Does it Feel?
Submitted By Todd on June 23rd at 6:28am
What's up with General McChrystal - and what's your guess regarding how the president will deal with the Rolling Stone feature?
McChrystal apologized Tuesday for the profile, in which he and his staff appear to mock top civilian officials, including the vice president. Two defense officials said the general fired a press aide over the article, set to appear in Friday's edition of Rolling Stone. "I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened," McChrystal said in a Pentagon statement. "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." "'Are you asking about Vice President Biden,' McChrystal says with a laugh. 'Who's that?'" "'Biden?' suggests a top adviser. 'Did you say: Bite Me?'"McChrystal's staff doesn't seem impressed with the president, which makes the decision regarding the General's future a difficult one.
Later, McChrystal's first one-on-one meeting with Obama "was a 10-minute photo op," Hastings writes, quoting 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 f---ing war, but he didn't seem very engaged. The Boss (McChrystal) was disappointed."McChystal is tight with Hamid Karzei, and things aren't going well in the war, which makes keeping him seem all the more important.