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Breaking: General McChrystal Reportedly Ordered Back to U.S.

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Posted on June 22 2010 8:00 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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General Stanley McChrystal was reportedly called back to the United States earlier today, Fox News reports, ‘for a face-to-face meeting with President Obama after issuing an apology Tuesday for an interview in which he described the president as unprepared for their first meeting.’

In the interview with Rolling Stone McChrystal also criticized Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, saying he felt “betrayed” by his diplomatic partner.

McChrystal’s comments are reverberating through Washington and the Pentagon after the magazine depicted him as a lone wolf on the outs with many important figures in the Obama administration. It characterized him as unable to convince some of his own soldiers that his strategy can win the nation’s longest-running war and dejected that the president didn’t know about his commendable military record.

The article, written by a journalist who was allowed to travel with McChrystal and his inner circle for weeks, further states that although McChrystal voted for Obama, the two failed to connect from the start. The president apparently even called McChrystal “on the carpet” for “speaking too bluntly about his wish for more troops.” Darn those generals who are determined to win wars even when politicians are trying to surrender without losing face!

In any case, the interview caused quite a stir. So much even so, that McChyrstal felt forced to apologize earlier today saying: “I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened.”

He has now been called back. We will remain on top of this story, more to come later.

UPDATE

CNN reports that the general and his aides were apparently caught making fun of Vice President Joe Biden. Although it’s clear to anyone with half a brain that Biden certainly is an idiot, a general doesn’t have the luxury to say so out loud, especially not when in the company of journalists and on the record.

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