Gates: ‘Gen. McChrystal Made a Significant Mistake’

June 22, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-Defense Secretary Robert Gates has released an official statement on Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s shocking criticism of the Obama administration in a Rolling Stone profile. His brief statement expressed “concern” over the remarks made by the top Afghanistan commander and his aides, saying McChrystal made a “significant mistake.”

Gates noted the effect such a breach in the chain in command has on the mission in Afghanistan and our soldiers sacrificing their lives for our country:

“I read with concern the profile piece on Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the upcoming edition of ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. I believe that Gen. McChrystal made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment in this case. We are fighting a war against al Qaeda and its extremist allies, who directly threaten the United States, Afghanistan, and our friends and allies around the world. Going forward, we must pursue this mission with a unity of purpose. Our troops and coalition partners are making extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our security, and our singular focus must be on supporting them and succeeding in Afghanistan without such distractions.

Gates added that McChrystal is now seeking to mend fences for his shocking remarks by apologizing to senior administration officials:

“Gen. McChrystal has apologized to me and is similarly reaching out to others named in this article to apologize to them as well. I have recalled Gen. McChrystal to Washington to discuss this in person.”

McChrystal is now on a plane bound for the White House. He will meet with President Obama on Wednesday, during which he is expected to offer his resignation.


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