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Breaking: Gen. McChrystal Submits Resignation

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Posted on June 22 2010 5:46 pm
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(updates after the jump)

CNN reports:

Gen. Stanley McChrystal has submitted his resignation, Time magazine’s Joe Klein told CNN, citing an unnamed source. CNN is working to confirm Klein’s information.

The word on Twitter is that McChrystal has merely offered to resign and that evidence of an actual resignation is all in Klein’s head. But if the “unnamed source” is right, will President Obama accept McChrystal’s resignation?

Daniel Foster at The Corner suggests that refusing the resignation while also chastising McChrystal for his poor judgment could be the best way for Obama to go:

This might allow Obama to look like the bigger man while having it both ways. He’d avoid adding instability to his command structure at a crucial juncture in the war in Afghanistan, and avoid looking weak by not dismissing an insubordinate general.

The messaging would be: McChrystal knew he goofed up, and came to me with his gun and his badge. But this was my call, and I did what was best for the country.

What do you think?

Update via @MelissaTweets:

CBS News has confirmed that McChrystal has offered a letter of resignation to President Obama ahead of a face-to-face meeting between the president and general tomorrow in Washington.

As a military man, McChrystal would pro forma give his boss the choice of accepting or declining his resignation.The president still has to decide whether to accept it.

Update, 6/23/10:

And everything old is new again: McChrystal out, Petraeus in.

“I welcome debate among my team, but will not tolerate division,” said President Obama after announcing McChrystal’s resignation.

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