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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


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Obama gives Gen. McChrystal the boot

General Stanley McChrystal has become a casualty of his own words. The firestorm over his striking comments about the President came to a head Wednesday.
General Stanley McChrystal walked into the White House Wednesday morning as the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan. When he left the White House meeting with President Obama, he was out.
"As difficult as it is to lose General McChrystal, I believe it is the right thing for our national security," said President Obama

The general lost his job based on comments he and his staff made during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Comments many consider disrespectful to the administration, with the general taking shots at a number of top administration officials.
President Obama explained, "The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general."
The four-star general's resignation brought this reaction from people on the streets in the queen city.
Aariel Benson-Marvin questioned, "How can you just replace a general like that without taking some time to think whether we should be there or not? It's already been too. It's almost ten years."
Edward Metlak thought, "You want to speak back and tell them how you feel, but you can't because you will suffer the consequences for it."
As the U.S. casualty count climbs in the region, thoughts turn to the man who lead the forces there. President Obama has nominated the head of U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, to lead the forces in Afghanistan.
"He has worked closely with our forces in Afghanistan. He has worked closely with Congress. He has worked closely with the Afghan and Pakistan governments," explained President Obama.

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