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McChrystal resigns; Petraeus now leads war efforts

Posted by Elizabeth Stewart - email

(WFLX) - General Stanley McChrystal is out of a job.

"As difficult as it is to lose General McChrystal, I believe it is the right decision for our National security." President Obama yanked the four star General from the battlefield to the White House. During a private 30 minute meeting in the Oval Office, the President accepted McChrystal's resignation.

He quickly nominated General David Petraeus to lead the war effort. "He has worked closely with our forces in Afghanistan, he has worked closely with Congress, and he has worked closely with the Afghan and Pakistan governments."

McChrystal's resignation followed the publication of an article in Rolling Stone magazine. In it, McChrystal and his aides showed disrespect for the administration.

McChrystal is seen repeatedly bucking authority. His staff issued derogatory statements about everyone from the Vice President to foreign dignitaries. And the General himself took shots at a number of top Administration officials.

"The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding General."

General McChrystal issued a written statement saying he'd resigned because of his commitment to see the mission in Afghanistan succeed.

The change in command comes at a pivotal time in the war effort. The military is in the final stages of adding 30,000 additional troops into the battle.

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