Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Was McChrystal set up?

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was fired last week as the top U.S. general in the stalemated Afghanistan war, told the Army on Monday that he will retire.

Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said McChrystal, 55, notified the service of his plans. The general submitted formal retirement papers, but it is not clear when he will leave the service because the process usually take a few months.

In announcing McChrystal's ouster on Wednesday, President Barack Obama praised his long Army career but said his intemperate remarks in a magazine article that appeared last week could not be abided.

Someone in the hierarchy above McChrystal - - either in the Defense Department or the White House - - had to have approved of an extended interview for an article by an anti war writer for an anti war magazine.

It almost seems as if McChrystal was set up.

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