If History Is a Guide, McChrystal Is Gone Generals who question presidents often get the boot By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jun 22, 2010 6:03 PM CDT 20 comments Comments Gen. George McClellan (1826-1885). Not a big fan of Abe Lincoln. (Getty Images) (Newser) – If you're placing bets on whether Stanley McChrystal will be out of a job tomorrow, history suggests he'll be fired. NPR rounds up examples: Abraham Lincoln: He finally had to relieve George McClellan of his duties because the general refused again and again orders to attack. McClellan also called Lincoln a "well-meaning baboon" in a letter. Harry Truman: He showed the popular Douglas MacArthur the door because the general was "unable to give his wholehearted support to the policies of the United States.” George Washington: He accepted the resignation of Thomas Conway after a failed attempt to oust Washington as commander-in-chief of the Army. Jimmy Carter: He fired John K. Singlaub after the general criticized the decision to remove troops from the Korean peninsula.