Many Sad as Great Career Comes to an Early End

There are many reasons that military careers come to an end.  Some of those reasons might be age, health, other priorities but for General McChrystal his retirement came to an end due to a journalist who chose to print a story that the General and his staff thought was off the record.  This is a sad day for our country when a good soldier who has much to give can no longer serve.

“Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who commanded the International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan until brought down by a controversial article in Rolling Stone magazine, retired Friday evening in a bittersweet ceremony at Fort McNair near Washington, DC.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said McChrystal was “a remarkable Soldier and leader [with] a truly remarkable career in both peace and war,” and Defense Secretary Robert Gates called him “one of the finest men-at-arms this country has ever produced.”

McChrystal acknowledged to the 400-plus troops, family members, friends, and officials that timing of his retirement was not his idea.

“Look, this has the potential to be an awkward and sad occasion,” he said. “My service did not end as I would have wished.”

McChrystal was recalled from Afghanistan in June and subsequently fired on the heels of a Rolling Stone article that that included quotes – most from members of his staff – that spoke disparagingly of Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and other administration officials. McChrystal was replaced by Army Gen. David Petraeus, the general largely credited with turning around the war in Iraq in 2007 who went on to be commander of U.S. Central Command.”

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