General Stanley McChrystal might have “yang-yang talked” himself out of a job:
The White House has asked the Pentagon to make a list of possible replacements for Gen. Stanley McChrystal because President Barack Obama wants to be ready if he decides to fire the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. McChrystal is unlikely to survive the fallout from remarks he made about colleagues in a magazine profile to be published Friday, a Pentagon source who has ongoing contacts with the general told CNN earlier. He will likely resign Wednesday, the source said. McChrystal’s fate is expected to hinge on a meeting scheduled Wednesday with President Barack Obama, who was “angry” after reading the general’s remarks in Rolling Stone, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.
The “magnitude and graveness” of McChrystal’s mistake in conducting the interview for the article were “profound,” Gibbs said. Gates said McChrystal had “made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment.” 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. In the profile, writer Michael Hastings writes that McChrystal and his staff had imagined ways of dismissing Vice President Joe Biden with a one-liner as they prepared for a question-and-answer session in Paris, France, in April. The general had grown tired of questions about Biden since earlier dismissing a counterterrorism strategy the vice president had offered.
“‘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 does not directly criticize Obama in the article, but Hastings writes that the general and Obama “failed to connect” from the outset. Sources familiar with the meeting said McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the room full of top military officials, according to the article. McChrystal and his staff “became aware” that the Rolling Stone article would be controversial before it was published, Hastings told CNN Tuesday. He said he “got word from (McChrystal’s) staff … that there was some concern” about possible fallout from the story.
SMH. Michael Hastings, the writer of this Rolling Stone article says McChrystal and his boys were getting slizzard during the interview…Watch the video below where he goes into detail:Vodpod videos no longer available.
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