Following the early release of an article written for Rolling Stone magazine, President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, formerly the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The president nominated U.S. Central Command chief, Gen. David Petraeus to replace McChrystal.
For more information, read the Defense.gov article: “Obama Accepts McChrystal’s Resignation, Nominates Petraeus”
Obama noted that his decision wasn’t based on a difference in policy or “any sense of personal insult,” and he said he greatly admires McChrystal for his decades of service.
The decision comes in the wake of a Rolling Stone magazine article that depicts McChrystal and members of his staff as being at odds with the president’s administration.
“The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general,” Obama said. “It undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system. And it erodes the trust that’s necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan.”
View a statement by McChrystal.