McChrystal Exits West Wing After Brief Obama Mtg. and Drives Away
June 23, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Will he stay, or will he go? The fate of rogue Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the United States’ top military commander in Afghanistan, is still unknown, but all signs point to his removal. After a stunning Rolling Stone profile emerged yesterday, filled with biting and mocking comments made by McChrystal and his close aides, attacking President Obama and his senior staff, the so-called “Jedi” commander was summoned to the White House to explain his actions, which clearly violated the chain of civilian and military command. After meeting this morning with the President for a short one-on-one meeting, lasting barely 30-minutes, McChrystal was seen leaving the White House and driving away. Apparently, there wasn’t much to say except, “Here is my resignation Mr. President.”
President Obama will next meet with his top military staff, including members at the receiving end of McChrystal’s ire and mockery, Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke, U.S. ambassador Karl Eikenberry, National Security Adviser James Jones and Vice President Joe Biden. Holbrooke will join the meeting via teleconference. Biden was slammed in the Rolling Stone profile, as Vice President “bite me” and Jones was described a “clown” who remains “stuck in 1985.” Holbrooke was called a “wounded animal” and McChrystal said he felt “betrayed by Eikenberry’s propensity for covering “his flank for the history books.”
Regarding the Commander-in-Chief, McChrystal’s aides attacked Obama as disengaged and uncomfortable with top military brass. “Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed,” said the aide.
Politico reports that as the beleaguered McChrystal entered the White House this morning he denied that he had already offered his resignation:
“McChrystal arrived at the West Wing at 9:39 Wednesday morning, out of reach of reporters. Asked if he had tendered his resignation as he arrived earlier at the Pentagon, McChrystal told NBC News that he had not.”
When McChrystal phoned the subjects of his insults yesterday to apologize, he acknowledged that his actions compromised the nation’s mission in Afghanistan:
“And ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper blogged: “During his round of phone calls to top officials of the Obama administration whom he and his team disparaged to a Rolling Stone reporter, Gen. Stanley McChrystal said, ‘I’ve compromised the mission.’”
Obama is scheduled to meet with his top aides in the White House situation room at 11:35 a.m., after which he is expected to make a statement about his decision regarding McChrystal’s fate.
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