What Will Be Done With McChrystal?

Douglas MacArthur button

General MacArthur defied President Truman during the Korean War and was fired for it.  But both men paid a political price for the action. hide caption

toggle caption

I'm not sure if this is akin to General Douglas MacArthur disobeying orders from President Truman during Korea, but it has become clear that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the American commander in Afghanistan, is in hot water for comments he made that were critical about people in the Obama administration.

In a forthcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine, McChrystal criticized U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry.  McChrystal, acknowledging "poor judgment," has since apologized.  The entire interview can be read here.

McChrystal has been summoned to Washington for a Wednesday meeting at the White House.  Various reports suggest that President Obama is furious.  Asked today about his future, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs would only say, "All options are on the table."

What do you think will happen to McChrystal?  Weigh in.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from