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McChrystal Heads Home

Filed under: Obama,War — DRJ @ 6:59 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

General Stanley McChrystal is headed home to meet with the President following the publication of his controversial interview in Rolling Stone. The question is whether he’s home for good given excerpts like this on McChrystal’s view of Obama:

“Even though he had voted for Obama, McChrystal and his new commander in chief failed from the outset to connect. The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn’t go much better. “It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”

This is the story of the day. Heck, of the week.

Marc Ambinder has more on what Allahpundit calls the “poisonous” McChrystal/Eikenberry relationship, the Administration’s response to the interview, and McChrystal’s last-ditch retreat.


UPDATE BY PATTERICO: The .pdf of the article itself is here.

I guess McChrystal found the one way to get face time with Obama. Maybe they can talk about the war while he’s there.

(Just kidding. They’ll talk about what’s really important: the White House’s image.)

UPDATE BY PATTERICO x2: InstaAnalysis from InstaGlenn: “[T]he punchy tone of the McChrystal quotes, coupled with Gen. Petraeus’ collapse in front of Congress last week, suggests that these guys are close to worn out. That’s not a good thing, and it’s an unfortunate contrast to our golf-and-politics-as-usual political class in DC.”

Now who’s up for another round?

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