It appears that Gen. Stanley McChrystal is returning to the U.S. to be reprimanded by President Barack Obama for making candid — and critical — remarks about the POTUS in Rolling Stone magazine.
Is McChrystal yet another example of buyer's remorse from someone who voted for Obama? According to Fox News:
The article says that although McChrystal voted for Obama, the two failed to connect from the start. Obama called McChrystal on the carpet last fall for speaking too bluntly about his desire for more troops.
The Fox News report goes on to say:
The profile, titled “The Runaway General,” emerged from several weeks of interviews and travel with McChrystal's tight circle of aides this spring.
It includes a list of administration figures said to back McChrystal, including [Defense Secretary Robert] Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and puts Vice President Joe Biden at the top of a list of those who don't.
The article claims McChrystal has seized control of the war “by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House.”
The question that has to be asked is why would Gen. McChrystal allow a reporter to interview and travel with his inner circle? The inner circle of any group is made up of trusted aides and offers a comfort zone where honest opinions can be voiced without worry that those comments will be carried to others.
The news of the Rolling Stone article is spreading throughout the internet and Gen. McChrystal has issued an apology and is now on his way home to explain the article. After some previous critical comments about his Commander-in-Chief, would anyone be surprised if he is forced to retire for this latest gaffe? The Washington Examiner's Byron York gives good reasons why that may not happen.
Meanwhile, Operation Enduring Freedom continues in Afghanistan and American soldiers are dying while decisions on troop strength and rules of engagement are debated, often by those who are not in the field. And the general in charge of it all is on his way to the White House to face the music.