President Barack Obama has accepted the resignation of the US Army’s Afghanistan Commander after comments the decorated General made to Rolling Stone magazine criticizing the President.
The interview, which General Stanley McChrystal and his aides gave to the famous magazine, was critical of nearly ever senior member of the Obama administration, including the President himself. The commander also said that Obama appeared "uncomfortable and intimidated" during his first meeting with the general, and dismissed Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as "Bite Me."
This morning General McChrystal met with the President for 20 minutes after which his dismissal from his post was announced. The general left before a scheduled war meeting about the latest situation in Afghanistan.
Of the General’s comments, Obama said: "It [the interview] undermines the civilian control of the military... and it erodes the trust that is necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan."
Officials described the reaction within the West Wing as immediate anger and certainty that McChrystal be fired, followed by a willingness to hear the counterargument given the importance of the war, its perilous state.
The General is to be replaced by General. David Petraeus, the current Commander of the Army’s important Central Command.