Friday 20 April 2018

President does it his way, but what took so long?

Rupert Cornwell in Washington

What took him so long? Another president, faced with such mutinous cheek from a senior commander, would have picked up the phone and fired General Stanley McChrystal on the spot -- albeit at 5,000 miles range. But that is not the Obama way.

He summoned the errant general back to Washington, listened to him -- doubtless in a glacial silence -- and made up his mind in his own time. In that sense, the humiliation for General McChrystal was even greater. He was summoned to the White House and then excluded from an Afghanistan strategy meeting, featuring many of the administration officials he and his entourage had disparaged in the now infamous 'Rolling Stone' interview.

According to reports, General McChrystal will not even return to Afghanistan to say goodbye to his men and pick up his things. His personal effects will be packed on his behalf, it is said.

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