McChrystal Trashes White House in Rolling Stone
Top general and aides slam Biden, Holbrooke, Jones, Eikenberry—and Obama
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff | Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted Jun 22, 2010 5:59 AM CDT
Gen. Stanley McChrystal and US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry brief reporters ahead of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's White House visit last month.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – America's top commander in Afghanistan has apologized for a Rolling Stone profile that depicts him as a "lone wolf" at odds with the Obama administration and his own troops. In the profile—which hits newsstands Friday—Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he felt "betrayed" by US ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and aides say he was "disappointed" in President Obama. Aides are also quoted as mocking Joe Biden and special envoy Richard Holbrooke, the AP reports.

"Are you asking about Vice President Biden? 'Who's that?'" a laughing McChrystal says in one interview. "Biden?" asks one of his top advisers. "Did you say: Bite Me?" McChrystal issued a statement today stressing that he has "enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team," the Washington Post reports. "Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity," he said. "What is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard."

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Jun 22, 2010 5:20 PM CDT
Let's all welcome General McCrystal to his new position, as commander of the Iowa national guard.
Jun 22, 2010 4:30 PM CDT
R olling stone? BerryO. can't fire him...he might run for office!
Jun 22, 2010 11:54 AM CDT
This story comes as President Obama faces the worst environmental disaster ever, a recession that is sucking the life out of our economy, crumbling infrastructure, and a polarized, partisan congress. I have the distinct impression that Gen. McChrystal is piling on.... a lot of the General's frustration and willingness to vent has its roots in his Scotch-Irish heritage, a heritage which, by the way, has produced more prominent warriors than any other ethnic group in this country ever has. By his nature, McChrystal is frustrated by the style of war forced on him by necessity in Afganistan. He chafes under the yoke of nation-building; I imagine that his temperament is better suited to full-on war. Sadly the General has allowed himself more freedom of expression than he's allowed to have. Yet he is not the only thorn in Mr. Obama's side by any means; our country's problems - and the General has just identified himself as a problem - need to be addressed firmly and powerfully. Mr. Obama has to reach into himself and find the Roosevelt in there - both of them - and quit dancing with his opponents.