General Stanley McChrystal's controversial comments
during interviews with Rolling Stone have put his job in jeopardy.
Despite earlier reports that McChrystal had offered his resignation, the
this. Many have argued that
President Obama should fire
, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Others say Obama should keep him
Whatever happens, it will most likely be today. McChrystal arrived in
Washington last night and meets face-to-face with the president this
morning, when Obama will make his decision. Many pundits are predicting
that Obama will decide to fire McChrystal. It's possible that other
commentators believe McChrystal will be retained, but they're mostly
staying silent about it.
- Politico's Mike Allen "Public and private signs from
the administration point to President Barack Obama firing -- or accepting
the resignation of -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal after careless,
smart-aleck comments he and his staff made to Rolling Stone."
Policy's Tom Ricks "My bet is that
Gen. Stanley McChrystal will be gone within a week or so. Defense
Secretary Gates canned Admiral Fallon as Central Command chief in the
spring of 2007 for less pointed remarks, so he will look like a
hypocrite if he does less here."
- ABC News' Jake Tapper "Officials described the reaction within the West Wing as immediate anger
and certainly that McChrystal be fired, followed by a willingness to
hear the counterargument given the importance of the war."
- The Washington Monthly's Steve Benen "For every
reasonable prediction forecasting McChrystal's professional survival,
there's an equally reasonable prediction forecasting the opposite. As of
this morning, though, most of the signals seem to point to the
- The Washington Independent's Spencer Ackerman "By the
time you read this, Gen. Stanley McChrystal may very well have lost his
command in Afghanistan. ... But if Obama has a chance to use the
McChrystal controversy to overhaul his strategy, all signs indicate that
he's not interested."
- Foreign Policy's Blake Hounshell "It's hard
to imagine how McChrystal survives what is going to be an epic sh*tstorm
all week long."
- Dissent from Steve Hynd "There's certainly enough reason to do
so, but I don't think so, reading between the lines of SecDef
Gates' statement ... In my experience, that's the kind of statement
managers issue when they're giving a petulant jerk a final, written,
warning. It's not the kind they make when they're looking to fire
someone. It's full of language suggesting the miscreant realises his
mistake, is sorry, and won't let it happen again. What it doesn't
contain is anything suggesting the miscreant has crossed a line. So, I
expect that McChrystal will get some kind of reprimand on his record,
but won't get canned."
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