General Stanley McChrystal was removed from his position as the commander of the United States armed forces in Afghanistan last Wednesday after he and his aides ridiculed several members of the Obama administration during a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
Soon after accepting McChrystal’s resignation, President Obama told reporters that it was not the general’s policies or war strategy that led to his demise, but rather the disparaging remarks that he made toward Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser James Jones and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry.
"The conduct represented in the recently-published article does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general," said Obama. "It undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system, and it erodes the trust that is necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan."
In the interview, one of McChrystal’s aides said that Obama was unprepared for his first meeting with the general—an encounter that he described as a "10-minute photo-op."
"Obama clearly didn’t know anything about [McChrystal]," the staff member told the news source. "Here’s the guy who’s going to run his war, but he didn’t seem very engaged—the boss was pretty disappointed."
Just an hour after accepting McChrystal’s resignation, the president nominated former Iraq commander General David Petraeus to take his place.