Obama Dismisses Gen. McChrystal as ISAF Commander

World | June 23, 2010, Wednesday // 20:46|  views

File photo of White House handout photo of US President Barack Obama (L) meeting with Army General Stanley McChrystal aboard Air Force One enroute from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Washington, DC, USA, on 02 October 2009. Photo by EPA/BGNES

US President Barack Obama has dismissed Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A).

McChrystal has been let go over an article in the Rolling Stone Magazine in top US military commanders in Afghanistan criticized senior administration officials, NBC reported.

McChrystal is said to have submitted a letter of resignation to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, according to Fox News.

Obama had said General Stanley McChrystal, who was summoned to Washington over the Rolling Stone article, had shown "poor judgment." White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters the president was "angry."

In the article by Michael Hastings, entitled The Runaway General, Gen McChrystal is quoted saying his key enemies in the war in Afghanistan are "the wimps in the White House."

McChrystal strongly criticizes the US ambassador to Kabul, Karl Eikenberry, Vice-President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser James Jones and the special US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke. Aides to the General further told Hasting their boss was "disappointed" when meeting President Obama for the first time.

Unconfirmed reports say that the former commander of the Multinational Force Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus might be taking over McChrystal’s job in Afghanistan.

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Tags: Barack Obama, US President, Afghanistan, ISAF, Stanley McChrystal, Runaway General, David Petraeus


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