President Obama has terminated US Army General Stanley McChrystal for speaking his mind and replaced him with General David Petraeus as US Forces Commander in Afghanistan . McChrystal was relieved of his command over sarcastic remarks he and his inner circle made about administration officials in a Rolling Stone magazine interview.
The published comments angered White House staff who saw it as a threat to undermine the war effort. Obama summoned McChrystal to Washington DC from Afghanistan after learning of the incident.
General McChrystal was viewed as a visionary with the guts and smarts to turn around the Afghanistan war when he was chosen to take over in 2009. Despite his military achievements, the General has a history of making waves. It was on his watch in 2004 that Corporal Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire.
Last year Obama warned McChrystal for speaking publicly about his desire for more troops. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates , one of General McChrystal’s biggest backers, said that the General had made a significant mistake. General David Petraeus now oversees both wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.