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06/22/2010 05:07 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Reading the Pictures: Stanley "Loose Lips" McChrystal vs. Barack "Tough Love" Obama: Round II

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So Obama's got still another spill to deal with after McChrystal felt the need to share with a reporter from Rolling Stone?

Just so we can compare how the clean up goes this time, here are the White House visuals of Obama and McChrystal going through the same dance last October -- the General shooting off his mouth, Obama publicly reaming him, then both men (and wives) publicly putting on a show of BFF (except for Stanley's jocular, too-relieved look and Obama's smirk).

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And here's still another episode of Obama putting Stanley in his place. Maybe someone in the White House convinces Obama to cut McChrystal loose. If he's true to form, though, what we'll see is a replay, with Obama -- who is more about tough love -- taking the General to the woodshed (yet again), then turning the other cheek.

Update: Okay, missed the boat on the prediction. Still, looking back, people won't remember Stanley shooting his mouth off. They'll look at the management of the unwinnable Afghan war as a game of shoot the messenger.

Here's the shot of the last victim, Gen. McKiernan, getting the boot.

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(photos: Pete Souza/White House. caption 1: President Barack Obama meets with Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, aboard Air Force One in Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct. 2, 2009. caption 2: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his wife, Annie, aboard Air Force One in Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct. 2, 2009. The President and Gen. McChrystal, the Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, then held a meeting on the plane before the President flew back to Washington, D.C.)