Gen. McChrystal Under Fire over Afghan War Comments
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, might be headed for the exit after President Barack Obama expressed his disappointment about the military officer’s disparaging comments against civilian officials managing the war in the South Asian country.
McChrystal is scheduled to meet Obama on Wednesday to discuss his comments that came out in a Rolling Stone article. Obama described McChrystal’s and his team’s tirades against U.S. officials as showing “poor judgment.”
In the article, McChrystal took a dig against Vice-President Joe Biden and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry. The general accused Eikenberry of betraying him and accused the diplomat of undermining the reliability of Afghan President Hamid Karzai as an ally in the war against the Taliban. McChrystal said Eikenberry is trying to look for someone to pin the blame on if ever the U.S. in Afghanistan fails. “Here’s one that covers his flank for the history books,” McChrystal said.
McChrystal joked about Biden, suggesting that he would pretend not to know the vice-president if asked a question about his earlier criticism of the second-highest official in the U.S. Last year, McCheystal was summoned by Obama after the general accused Biden’s Afghan strategy as one that is “shortsighted” and would probably turn Afghanistan into “Chaos-istan.”
Buzz around the White House and Pentagon points to a change of leadership in the Afghanistan war although Obama has yet to speak to any McChrystal’s possible successors.