I did so with considerable regret, but also with certainty that it is the right thing for our mission in Afghanistanfor our military and for our country. I don't make this decision based on any difference in policy with General McChrystal. With Washington abuzz, there had been a complete lockdown on information about the morning's developments until just before Obama spoke. Its cover story was "Lady Gaga Tells All", illustrated by a photo of the pop star almost naked with a pair of machine guns; and articles about Dennis Hopper, BP and the Bonnaroo rock festival in Tennessee all took precedence over its exposure of the arrogance and insubordination of America's top military commander in Afghanistan. Even so, you wouldn't expect a gung-ho general to air controversial opinions to a generally left-leaning, youth-oriented publication.
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Stanley McChrystal: The gung-ho general and the rock magazine
T he ouster of General Stanley McChrystal from his seat of command in Afghanistan, following his massively ill-advised decision to badmouth the Obama administration while in the vicinity and on the record of Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings, is many things. All right, Chuck Todd at the White House starting us off tonight. We begin our coverage of this story with our chief White House correspondent, Chuck Todd. The hearing for General Petraeus 's confirmation will probably be the fastest in the history of the Armed Services Committee. Bud Light Lime, lesser Will Ferrell comediestaking his wife to Jack-in-the-Box on dates, snappy one-liners which end in "bite me" or giving someone the finger, hiring people who will not only call things "fucking gay" but will do so on the record, and — for some reason, this is the detail that I can't get out of my mind — "a custom-made set of nunchucks in his convoy". Or, alternately, eight-year-old boys. Patraeus was nominated to assume McChrystal's command.
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