May 24, 2013
McChrystal Apologizes for Scandalous Magazine Profile (Updates)
Posted on Jun 22, 2010
Updates: The Rolling Stone piece is now online and you can read it here. McChrystal has been summoned to the White House, and Politico reports he could be fired. Andrew Sullivan, meanwhile, observes that the Rolling Stone revelations were written by a freelancer, not by a beat reporter for a major news outlet, a fact that points out the failure of mainstream media: “The better their sources, the less we know.”
America’s top general in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal, and his staff are quoted saying nasty things about Obama administration officials in a new Rolling Stone article, for which McChrystal apologized Tuesday.
Among others, Team McChrystal reportedly cut down Richard Holbrooke, Karl Eikenberry and National Security Adviser James Jones (the latter dubbed a “clown” by one aide).
Holbrooke is the State Department’s special envoy to the region and Eikenberry is the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. Together with Jones, the three men constitute the president’s top representatives to McChrystal’s theater of operations.
Even the president caught some grief. According to the article, McChrystal thought little of their first meeting.
Can’t say that we blame him. We wouldn’t want to read Richard Holbrooke’s e-mail either. In case you’ve forgotten the name, he’s the Clintons’ pet hawk who prefers bombs to common sense.
More dirt on the Rolling Stone piece here. —PZS
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