Goodbye, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, soldier in the U.S. Army for three decades and the former head of the NATO operation in Afghanistan. McChrystal was ingloriously deposed after Rolling Stone magazine revealed his loose-tongued, insubordinate streak. —JCL
Los Angeles Times:
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal said goodbye to the Army on Friday in a poignant ceremony that paid tribute to his three decades of military service and barely mentioned his firing by President Obama for insubordination.
It was McChrystal who alluded most directly to his own precipitous fall, standing at the podium and looking out at formations of soldiers and former comrades.
“Service in this business is tough and often dangerous, and it extracts a price for participation, and that price can be high,” McChrystal said. “If I had it to do over again, I’d do some things in my career differently, but not many.”
[...] “This has the potential to be an awkward, even sad, occasion,” McChrystal said, beginning his remarks with an allusion to the circumstances of his departure.
But he tried to puncture the tension with a joke, telling the crowd that if anyone challenged the war stories he was about to tell, “I know a Rolling Stone reporter.”
AP / J. Scott Applewhite
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates awards the Distinguished Service Medal to Gen. Stanley McChrystal as he is honored at a retirement ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington on Friday.