McChrystal Dismissed as Petraeus Succeeds Him
General Stanley A. McChrystal has been relieved of his post as Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan following his comments in a magazine regarding top civilian officials.
McChrystal’s interview with Rolling Stone Magazine shows that he was almost mocking top civilian officials, including Vice President Joe Biden. He was summoned to the White House by President Barack Obama.
Obama accepted his resignation. British Lieutenant General Sir Nick Parker is currently serving as temporary commander.
However, the Obama Administration was quick in finding a replacement. After the thirty-minute meeting of Obama and McChrystal, where the general was given a chance to explain himself to the President, Obama immediately called a meeting with advisors that included the Vice President, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, National Security Advisor Jim Jones and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
After 45 minutes, they named General David Petraeus (pictured) as the new Commander.
Petraeus, who incidentally was at the White House Situation Room at that time, was called to the Oval Office. After a 40-minute meeting with the President, he accepted the new post.