President Barack Obama has relieved Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal of his duties as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. McChrystal has been replaced with CENTCOMM Commander Gen. David Petraeus, White House officials said.
The President reportedly had a half hour private session with McChrystal, whom he summoned from Kabul. The general had to personally address comments that he and aides made to Rolling Stone, slamming the president, vice president and his national security team. The article is entitled "The Runaway General" and is scheduled to publish in later this week. According to excerpts, when the writer asked an aide about a dinner that the genera;l clearly did not want to attend, the aide replied, "Some French minister. It's so f_cking gay."
Speaking in the Rose Garden, the President said McChrystal's comments did "not meet the standards that should be set by a commanding general. It undermines the civilian control of the military... and erodes the trust that is necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan."
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