Having for some time seen Gen. Stanley McChrystal in TV profiles and read several of his print interviews, it came as somewhat of a shock to read his quotes (and those of his top aides) from the new issue of Rolling Stone. McChrystal’s image has been that of an extremely disciplined leader devoted to serving his country, but somehow the discipline part took a short vacation when Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings showed up on the scene. Now he’s “The Runaway General,” (the article’s title) and portrayed as an outsider who didn’t mix well with the Obama administration. The civilian press officer responsible for the interview has (not surprisingly) resigned, but what happens to McChrystal when he talks to his boss today? Was his gaffe a true representation of himself, or simply one of the symptoms of “the fog of war”?
–Scott Van Camp