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David Wood

In New Memoir, McChrystal Explains He 'Tried to Steer Clear of Politics'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- How was it that Stanley McChrystal, a revered combat leader who reached the pinnacle of his career as the four-star general commanding t...

General McChrystal Formally Retires: 'I Need To Celebrate'

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley McChrystal ended his 34-year career as an Army officer Friday in an emotional retirement ceremony at his military head...

Odd Bedfellows: General Stanley McChrystal and Helen Thomas

Lesleyann Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lesleyann Coker

What do General Stanley McChrystal and Helen Thomas have in common? Both were fired for exercising their right to free speech.

Counterinsurgency Down for the Count in Afghanistan: But the War Machine Grinds On

Ann Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ann Jones

Why, when President Obama fires an insubordinate and failing general, does he cling to his failing war policy? And if nothing much is working, why does it still go on nonstop this way?

Obama, Petraeus, and the Cult of COIN in Afghanistan

Robert Dreyfuss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Dreyfuss

Petraeus's declaration that he wasn't putting much stock in the president's intending to hold the military command accountable for its failure in Afghanistan earned him an instant rebuke. Now, that same Petraeus is in charge.

What McChrystal's Firing Says about American Values

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Gratitude is a dying virtue in American society. We continue to live free only because of our brave military, yet most Americans offer empty words of support to our troops that are rarely backed by tangible action.

Which Top Afghanistan Officials May Be The Next To Go?

AOL News | andrea stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama said he accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation because it was "time for all of us to come together." But some observers...

Bard Blog on McChrystal's Firing

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Adelman

Clearly, McChrystal didn't heed the advice given in Shakespeare's classic play about mishaps in war, Troilus and Cressida -- "Lay thy finger on thy lips!"

McChrystal, Obama, and Authority

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

To accept McChrystal's resignation is a bad choice and the only possible choice. It amounts to an assertion of command. But to assert command brings responsibilities.

Stanley McChrystal Bio: Top U.S. General In Afghanistan Spoke Up One Too Many Times

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Known for his blunt and uncompromising instincts, Gen. Stanley McChrystal spoke his mind once too often. The commander of U.S. mil...

Harry Truman Talks About Firing General Douglas MacArthur

David Colbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Colbert

McChrystal is no Douglas MacArthur. Maybe he shouldn't be fired. But you can bet that the political debates that Truman had with his advisors then are probably something like those Obama is having now.

McChrystal Walks the Line

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Malou Innocent

McChrystal cannot be faulted for offering his honest opinions. But expressing private assessments about the war's tactics and strategy is one thing: caustically mocking the civilian leadership is quite another.

The Runaway General' Summoned To Washington

AP | ANNE GEARAN and JULIE PACE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan was fighting for his job Tuesday after being summoned to Washington to explain a magazine pro...

Kandahar Bursts McChrystal's Counterinsurgency Bubble (VIDEO)

rethinkafghanistan.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In case you hadn't heard, the next stop in General McChrystal's counterinsurgency plan is Kandahar, the ideological heart of the Taliban. Using the sp...

McChrystal Calls Marjah 'Bleeding Ulcer' In Afghan Campaign

McClatchy | Dion Nissenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top allied military commander in Afghanistan, sat gazing at maps of Marjah as a Marine batta...

McChystal Interview Signals Afghan Peace Process Will Include Taliban

IPS | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Jan 26, 2010 (IPS) - Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's very cautiously-worded support for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban leadership in an ...

Kerry: McChrystal's Afghanistan Plan Goes Too Far

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A war plan that asks President Barack Obama to commit tens of thousands of additional U.S. forces to Afghanistan is too ambitious, ...

Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry To Testify On Afghan War

washingtonpost.com | Michael D. Shear and Scott Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The top U.S. general and the U.S ambassador in Afghanistan have been told to prepare to testify before Congress as early as next week, according to Wh...

McChrystal Criticism Mounts Within Obama Administration

Christian Science Monitor | Dan Murphey and Ben Arnoldy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lt. Col. Edward Stein, a US Army Ranger, had a specific task for the Afghan soldiers he was training: Do a security check in Kabul ahead of a speech b...

McChrystal's Afghanistan Plan Remains Unchanged After Review

The Washington Post | Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Greg Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When he finishes testifying on Capitol Hill this week, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, will return to Kabu...

McChrystal's Credibility Problem Ignored By Media

Daily Beast | Jon Krakauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Shortly after President Obama nominated Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal to command U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, the general was summoned to the U.S...

Obama Narrows Afghan Strategy To 4 Possible Options

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House says President Barack Obama has narrowed down his decision for an Afghanistan strategy to four options. ...

How US Aid Helps the Taliban

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The movement which campaigned so hard to elect Obama may now have to actively fight against some of Obama's key policies. If not, protesters may soon be chanting the same slogans at Obama as were once chanted against LBJ.

Is the Military-Industrial Complex Using Gen. McChrystal to "Potty Train" Obama on Afghanistan?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The McChrystal affair is a vivid reminder of the huge pressures powerful vested interests can place on a new president to protect the status quo and prevent meaningful change.

Obama Advisers Split On Afghanistan, Complicating His Decision

AP | LARA JAKES and ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday to delay a face-to-face briefing from the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, who hours earlier had warned...