McChrystal Takes Blame for Article That Tanked His Career
Ex-general's memoir also takes potshot at Rolling Stone reporter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 6, 2013 4:31 PM CST
This July 23, 2010, file photo shows Gen. Stanley McChrystal reviewing troops for the last time as he is honored at a retirement ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington.    (J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Speaking out for the first time since he resigned, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal takes the blame for a Rolling Stone article and the unflattering comments attributed to his staff about the Obama administration that ended his Afghanistan command and army career. "Regardless of how I judged the story for fairness or accuracy, responsibility was mine," McChrystal writes in his new memoir, in a carefully worded denouncement of the story. The Rolling Stone article anonymously quoted McChrystal's aides as criticizing Obama's team, including Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden had disagreed with McChrystal's strategy that called for more troops in Afghanistan. Biden preferred to send a smaller counterterrorism and training force—a policy the White House is now considering as it transitions troops from the Afghan war. McChrystal adds the choice to resign as US commander in Afghanistan was his own: "I called no one for advice," he writes in My Share of the Task. The closest McChrystal comes to revealing his regret over allowing a reporter weeks of unfettered access with few ground rules comes much earlier in the book: "By nature I tended to trust people and was typically open and transparent. ... But such transparency would go astray when others saw us out of context or when I gave trust to those few who were unworthy of it." See more here.

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Observer
Jan 7, 2013 9:22 AM CST
This dick is typical of the arrogance and bluster that all senior officers have. They are out of touch with sensible reality and have been immersed in military fantasy so long they cannot accept any question to their dominance. As a country, we need to screw these pompous dicks down and put them in their place. The Army is the most wasteful disaster in the US. They need to be cut in half. Have 2/3's of their bases closed and be pulled back from every friendly country we occupy. They money they waste is insane. It is criminal how they Army bleeds the taxpayer. The perks need to be pulled as well. Giving army grunts permanent healthcare, free education and home loans is a relic from WW2 that needs to be shut down now and forever. These dinks volunteer. The country owes them nothing but a paycheck.
GuyMontag
Jan 7, 2013 8:02 AM CST
Despite Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s much vaunted “candor,” it appears his memoir “My Share of the Task” whitewashes or ignores the controversies of his career. For example, McChrystal simply repeats his lecture circuit BS that there was no cover-up of Pat Tillman’s 2004 friendly-fire death, merely “well-intentioned mistakes.” And, it appears that McChrystal has also dodged taking responsibility for the routine use of torture by JSOC forces under his command, how he helped “box in” President Obama into his strategically flawed Afghan War “surge,” and he still refuses to confirm or deny the accuracy of the “Rolling Stone” quotes that got him fired. Finally, I’m curious to see how well his story of the capture of Saddam Hussein and the killing of Abu Zarqawi matches previous accounts: “We found Zarqawi in spite of the way the task force [McChrystal’s TF 145] did business”). If you're interested in more details, see the post, "Never Shall I Fail My Comrades": The Dark Legacy of Gen. Stanley McChrystal: His Betrayal of Pat Tillman, His Command of JSOC Torture, and His Failed Afghan War Surge” at the Feral Firefighter blog. I would also recommend reading Michael Hasting’s 2012 book “The Operators.”
flapstick
Jan 7, 2013 1:16 AM CST
Basic military officer training: EVERTHING IS YOUR FAULT