Rolling Stone: The Runaway General
The numerous leaks that came out yesterday and today alleging that McChrystal has been highly critical of President Obama came from snippets of this Rolling Stone article. The article itself didn’t go live until late this morning (EST), but that didn’t stop the pundits from going crazy, and now McChrystal has been summoned to the White House to explain why he embarassed the President and mocked his administration.
Trouble is: he didn’t. Not really, anyway. Most of the inflammatory quotes are from McChrystal’s aides; so if any betrayal happened it was McChrystal getting dumped into hotwater by the overzealous members of “Team America”.
As for McChrystal himself: there’s a lot of good and a lot of bad here. On the one hand he comes out sounding like the Army’s version of Jack Bauer. On the other hand, he’s complicit in the cover-up following Tillman’s death and nothing in this article makes me confident in McChrystal’s COIN strategy for our forces in Afghanistan.
It’s a long article – and I’m not going to bother with an excerpt – but you should read the whole thing.