FILE - In this May 10, 2010 file photo, Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry brief reporters ahead of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit at the White House. An article out this week in "Rolling Stone" magazine depicts Gen. Stanley McChrystal as a lone wolf on the outs with many important figures in the Obama administration and unable to convince even some of his own soldiers that his strategy can win the war. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:10 am
Updated: 4:02 pm, Wed Jun 23, 2010.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley
McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday,
saying his scathing published remarks about administration
officials undermined civilian control of the military and eroded
trust on the president's war team.
Obama chose McChrystal's immediate superior — Gen. David
Petraeus — to take over the troubled 9-year-old war in
The president said he did not make the decision to accept
McChrystal's resignation over any disagreement in policy or "out of
any sense of personal insult."
"I believe it is the right decision for our national security,"
Obama said in a statement in the Rose Garden, where he was flanked
by Petraeus along with Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary
Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:10 am.
Updated: 4:02 pm.