McChrystal takes blame for staff comments on Obama team
“Regardless of how I judged the story for fairness or accuracy, responsibility was mine,’’ McChrystal wrote in his new memoir, in a carefully worded denouncement of the story.
The Rolling Stone article anonymously quoted McChrystal’s aides as criticising Obama’s team, including Vice President Joe Biden. Biden had disagreed with McChrystal’s strategy that called for more troops in Afghanistan. Biden preferred to send a smaller counterterrorism and training force — a policy the White House is now considering as it transitions troops from the Afghan war.
McChrystal added the choice to resign as US commander in Afghanistan was his own.
“I called no one for advice,’’ he wrote in “My Share of the Task,’’ describing his hasty plane ride back to Washington only hours after the article appeared in 2010, to offer his resignation to President Barack Obama. McChrystal was immediately replaced by his then-boss, Gen David Petraeus.
McChrystal devoted a scant page-and-a-half, in the book that comes out Monday, to the incident that ended his 34-year military career and soured trust between the military and media.
The closest McChrystal came to revealing his regret over allowing a reporter weeks of unfettered access with few ground rules comes much earlier in the book. “By nature I tended to trust people and was typically
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