Hmmm: McChrystal to retire

posted at 7:33 pm on June 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

No surprise. They weren’t going to give him another high-profile command so there’s really nothing left to do but quit and write a memoir. Which, thanks to the “Rolling Stone” clusterfark and the tantalizing promise of more candid criticism of Obama, is now guaranteed to make a boatload of money.

Possible title: “Going Rogue”?

Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins tells Fox News that McChrystal has informed the office that handles retirements for the Army, which is the General Officer Management Office, that he intends to retire.

The Army has not received McChrystal’s official paperwork. In that, he will include a date by which he would like to retire. Then he will go through a formal process leading to retirement…

The Army has been McChrystal’s only career.

McChrystal was promoted to the selective and coveted rank of four-star general last year. It is not clear whether McChrystal will be able to retain that rank in retirement. Under Army rules, generals need to serve three years as a four-star officer to retain that rank, with its prestige and retirement benefits.

Between his stellar military record and his global fame as a critic of the administration (or, more precisely, a man who supervised critics of the administration), it’s a no-brainer that he’d land at Fox News as a celebrity pundit if not for one thing: Er, he’s a liberal who hates Fox News. The other cable news nets are possibilities, but I wonder if the Dems won’t try to rope him into running for office somewhere. As strange as that might sound at the moment, he’s young-ish (55), has fantastic name recognition, and would instantly out-Webb Jim Webb as a lefty-warrior icon. Even the big strike against him — being fired by Obama — could be easily undone by having The One campaign for him and declare that the rift is healed. His campaign slogan writes itself: “Stan McChrystal — He’s killed more bad guys than any American alive.” Which, per his special-ops exploits in Afghanistan and Iraq, might very well be true.

2012 may be too soon since he’s bound to want to write a book first, but 2014? Hmmmm.


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If he starts having 2 meals a day ,
I might take him seriously

macncheez on June 28, 2010 at 7:39 PM

I still think the whole thing was a black PR operation gone bad… for which can’t believe any of the information in it…

ninjapirate on June 28, 2010 at 7:39 PM

I’m gonna wait for more confirmation on this one.

Does have intrigue, though

listens2glenn on June 28, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Hillarys’ killed more!

dhunter on June 28, 2010 at 7:40 PM

First I thought it was a bad thing that he was fired, and that he was a hero. Then I learned that he was a complete liberal, and maybe wanted to be fired, deep down. Or maybe he wanted to confront Obama. The only takeaway I have is that he jeopardized the mission that supposedly only he could win and that means he quit.

The back and forth is exhausting and I really don’t care anymore. I don’t trust any politicians and that means 1/2 the generals.

GTR640 on June 28, 2010 at 7:40 PM

“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

Rode Werk on June 28, 2010 at 7:40 PM

He’s an old soldier. He can run all he wants, ask Wesley Clark but he’ll just fade away.

Rocks on June 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Possibly a run for Governorship in Alaska?

Electrongod on June 28, 2010 at 7:43 PM

So Rolling Stone magazine got a snazzy interview and Americans lost an honorable general in Afghanistan that likely cost us over a $million to train… glad we have our priorities straight in this nation.

Such a shame that journalists have more standing than the soldiers that defend us….

IntheNet on June 28, 2010 at 7:43 PM

He’s an old soldier. He can run all he wants, ask Wesley Clark but he’ll just fade away.

Rocks on June 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Eisenhower, Grant, Jackson and Washington say Hello.

Holger on June 28, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Such a shame that journalists have more standing than the soldiers that defend us….

IntheNet on June 28, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Hey, that’s the American Democrat way!

Del Dolemonte on June 28, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Wow, my comment making fun of the Rivera boys on Fox disappeared.

Cindy Munford on June 28, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Eisenhower, Grant, Jackson and Washington say Hello.

Holger on June 28, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Yup, and they are all dead. I think even Washington would have trouble getting elected today. Plenty of soldiers in office but generals are a rarity. Too used to having people just jump and do what they say to ever survive a high profile campaign. I wonder how well even Ike would have done if the Dems hadn’t been stupid enough to nominate Adlai Stevenson, twice.

Rocks on June 28, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Generals can’t always translate well into politics but we have had a few go all the way to the top.

How can he be a liberal and an Army Ranger? Things that make you go hmm.

Mojave Mark on June 28, 2010 at 7:48 PM

He should have NEVER let out the fact that he is a flaming Lib who voted for Obama. He is tainted goods in my mind.

Vigilante on June 28, 2010 at 7:50 PM

There are only so many slots for a four star, and if they’re filled, there’s nothing to do but retire. That’s what happened to his predecessor, McKiernan, too.

Wethal on June 28, 2010 at 7:50 PM

His campaign slogan writes itself: “Stan McChrystal — He’s killed more bad guys than any American alive.

McChrystal – He knows where all the bodies are buried.

Wethal on June 28, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Maybe he will get a job as war correspondent for Rolling Stone….

albill on June 28, 2010 at 7:53 PM

As a former enlisted guy…a Flag Rank Officer a liberal??? Say it ain’t so!

Most (read most, not ‘all’) officers I ever worked for were liberal or liberal leaning, very few conservatives among them.

Gothguy on June 28, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Possible title: “Going Rogue”?

Thats taken. But you knew that.

portlandon on June 28, 2010 at 7:58 PM

As a former enlisted guy…a Flag Rank Officer a liberal??? Say it ain’t so!

Most (read most, not ‘all’) officers I ever worked for were liberal or liberal leaning, very few conservatives among them.

Gothguy on June 28, 2010 at 7:53 PM

We have ours in the Navy… Joe Sestak for instance… Former Vice Admiral (3 star) until he got fired and subsequently retired… Now in Pennsylvania running for US Senator…

Lucky us…

Khun Joe on June 28, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Gen. McChrystal has never sought the public eye. He always seemed to be uncomfortable with it. I don’t see punditry in his future. He might write a book and then disappear into the lucrative world of corporate boards and military consulting. Or maybe he wants to retire with his wife and take up Extreme Gardening as a sport. I wish him well.

Jill1066 on June 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM

he’ll be working on msdnc in 5…4…3..

cmsinaz on June 28, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Wow, my comment making fun of the Rivera boys on Fox disappeared.

Cindy Munford on June 28, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Cindy! What could you have said? I’m stunned.

katy the mean old lady on June 28, 2010 at 8:06 PM

So he voted for Zero. So did a lot of the duped. I don’t think he is quite the lib that people are painting.
What a shame. What an utter waste of talent.

katy the mean old lady on June 28, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Between his stellar military record and his global fame as a critic of the administration (or, more precisely, a man who supervised critics of the administration), it’s a no-brainer that he’d land at Fox News as a celebrity pundit if not for one thing: Er, he’s a liberal who hates Fox News.

When I found out he voted for Obama, my confidence in McChrystal faded. His judgement makes no sense in that regard same as it doesn’t make any sense in his acceptance and tolerance of a Leftwing wracker from a Leftwing anti-war publication assigned as embed.

He may be (and appears to be) a very respectable military commander, but there *is* reason to question his judgement in many regards, though I hate to admit that I agree with some loopy Liberals in that aspect about McChrystal.

I still think he was just a useful stooge to save Obama some ego time what with the G8 looming soon afterward and Obama in advanced need of an ego-propping-up so he could go parade around again (as he did) at G8 and “talk tough” (which he also tried but came off as insipid and erratic, meaning, an irresponsible, inept guy).

McChrystal seems to be a willing player in that Leftwing hoodwinking, though, to his detriment. He also kicked Pat Dollard out of Afghanistan (yet he welcomed the loathesome liberal hack from Rolling Stone, makes no sense to a reasonable mind) so McChrystal’s certainly got issues familiar to many Leftwingers. Unfortunately for McChrystal.

Lourdes on June 28, 2010 at 8:21 PM

The General can now beat Petraeus to the GOP ticket as Palin’s VP. A Ranger may become a Jim Webb Democrat, but it would be an easy move for him to join a fight with anyone who is fighting against the enemy force that now holds our White House.

jimw on June 28, 2010 at 8:22 PM

So he voted for Zero. So did a lot of the duped. I don’t think he is quite the lib that people are painting.
What a shame. What an utter waste of talent.

katy the mean old lady on June 28, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Yeah, agreed, but I have stopped calling those who voted for Obama as “the duped.” Most from what I’ve read and heard voted for Obama with considerable predetermination and lack of hesitation. They knew what they were doing, the information about who this dreadful character is (Barry Soetoro, Barack Obama) was all available (mostly all) to the public BEFORE the election, yet it was denounced and ridiculed by those who persisted in their support for the guy for whatever reason.

I used to feel a bit of empathy for them as them being somehow “misguided” or “misled” but the facts are, they knew what they were doing, they voted with determination for him, they should not be easily dismissed or the various stories for sympathy now easily accepted. People should be held accountable for this wretched, deplorable, horrible, massive “mistake”.

Lourdes on June 28, 2010 at 8:25 PM

The General can now beat Petraeus to the GOP ticket as Palin’s VP. A Ranger may become a Jim Webb Democrat, but it would be an easy move for him to join a fight with anyone who is fighting against the enemy force that now holds our White House.

jimw on June 28, 2010 at 8:22 PM

EXcuse me, but McChrystal voted for Obama. I think that’d sink him in a national campaign among any except the Left.

Lourdes on June 28, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Maybe he will get a job as war correspondent for Rolling Stone….

albill on June 28, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Nahh, he supports DADT, so that’d sink a job at Rolling Stone.

Lourdes on June 28, 2010 at 8:28 PM

How can he be a liberal and an Army Ranger? Things that make you go hmm.

Mojave Mark on June 28, 2010 at 7:48 PM

It might explain “increased casualties” in Afghanistan among the U.S. troops. Just an idea.

Lourdes on June 28, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Wow, my comment making fun of the Rivera boys on Fox disappeared.

Cindy Munford on June 28, 2010 at 7:47 PM

What’d you write? The fidelity to the Rivera boys by FOX is senseless, to say the least. But they commonly and frequently remove comments there that make no harm, no foul, it’s not explainable in my experience. I no longer try to comment on Fox or much of anywhere else except here and a few other sites.

Politico, too, is well known to remove comments that “offend the Left” — in the case of Fox, I have no idea what their political range is today. It seems that anything “too Conservative” and “too candid” gets removed by mostly Leftwing administrators at most sites (most siteadmins are Leftwing, in my experience).

Hope this one passes the test.

Lourdes on June 28, 2010 at 8:33 PM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on June 28, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Lourdes…This is not a normal political time we face. Voting for Obama just makes McChrystal’s conversion to join Palin, the first woman President, for a one time campaign to fix the damage his vote did is a winning crusade. As VP he could join her on her daily jog and protect her while they discussed the current military issues. A lot of Obama voters are now totally ready to do what they can to fix that vote, for example the blogger Ann Althouse.

jimw on June 28, 2010 at 8:48 PM

..He is an American Soldier and served his country…..I appreciate his service and wish him well.

Baxter Greene on June 28, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Relax. He’ll make over $100,000 in military pension when he’s retired. (My dad is a retired Colonel and his is around $76,000).

He can write a book, lecture (speaking fees) and do fine.

sdillard on June 28, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Something about the whole affair isn’t right. The retirement is no surprise to me because there was no other job for him, I think. I still think there was some sort of setup. Obamarrhoid jacked him around and didn’t really listen, I suspect, to what he had to say. So now what happens if Petraeus can’t find the rabbit in the hat?

LarryG on June 28, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Something very wrong with a system that lets a man like McChrystal – and one without prior combat experience at that – reach general rank and become a theater commander.

rayra on June 28, 2010 at 9:08 PM

His campaign slogan writes itself: “Stan McChrystal — He’s killed more bad guys than any American alive.”

Yes, he was tireless out there with his rifle, blasting away all of the bad guys single-handedly. A lesser general would have assigned that task to the Special Forces (SEALs, Green Berets, etc.), as well as the Army and the Navy. Not “Libby” McChrystal! He was only satisfied when he personally killed the bad guys. /sarc

rmgraha on June 28, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Personally, after experiencing this regime, I mean, Administration, I have deep distrust for any military officer who is a liberal. Go ahead, act sophisticated and read Herodotus if you think that makes you some kind of rennaisance man, but the Democrats and liberals in this country are actively engaged in destroying it. If you cannot zero in on that than eff off — I’d rather have a somewhat effective soldier/general who I could trust rather than a very effective soldier/general who might turn on the conservatives and back a monster like Obama.

GTR640 on June 28, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Heard Obama’s new Civilian Corps was in need of recently retired generals.

BowHuntingTexas on June 28, 2010 at 9:32 PM

HMMM: MAYBE HE CHALLENGES OBAMA FROM THE LEFT: RUNNING AS A PEACE CANDIDATE WHO WILL EXIT FROM AFGHNSTN AND IRAQ AND CLOSE GITMO?

reliapundit on June 28, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Where is he from?

lizzie beth on June 28, 2010 at 9:48 PM

katy the mean old lady on June 28, 2010 at 8:06 PM
Lourdes on June 28, 2010 at 8:33 PM

They were saying that when they interviewed with Gen. McCrystal and were told to cut the cameras and go off record they did. Unlike that nasty unscrupulous Rolling Stone reporter. They are the epitome of journalistic integrity (oxymoron) and the RS guy is scum. It was funny, they almost broke their arms patting themselves on their backs.

Cindy Munford on June 28, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Surprises me.

I’d think he’d hang on. He has a level of skill at killing people that need killing that will always be valuable to a President in a time of war (and all the evidence I see suggest more and more war is the future).

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he could manage a comeback.

Sackett on June 28, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Why not have a contest for the title of his book if he writes it?

Smorgasbord on June 28, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Why not have a contest for the title of his book if he writes it?

Smorgasbord on June 28, 2010 at 10:09 PM

“Rolled by the Stone”

I still think Hillary has killed more guys than McChrystal!

dhunter on June 28, 2010 at 10:37 PM

I find it unbelievable that any soldier who saw Obama’s arrogant and ignorant questioning of “General Betrayus” in September 2007 could vote for that asshole. It’s frankly weird.

Basilsbest on June 28, 2010 at 10:48 PM

I find it unbelievable that any soldier who saw Obama’s arrogant and ignorant questioning of “General Betrayus” in September 2007 could vote for that a**hole. It’s frankly weird.

Basilsbest on June 28, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Post-Modern COIN-age of a Failed Policy—McChrystal, Tocqueville, and the Koran

We have only two legitimate strategic interests in so-called “Af-Pak”:

1) First and foremost, seizing and destroying or removing Pakistan’s nukes

2) Second, destroying Afghanistan’s –and the Taliban’s—odious “cash crop”–opium

If the US is unwilling to pursue these two basic strategic aims, we should withdraw, lest our brave combat soldiers–subjected as they are to our heinous, COIN-based ROEs–become victim to the hopeless malaise characterized so aptly by Rudyard Kipling in his “The Young British Soldier”

When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,

And the women come out to cut up what remains,

Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains

McChrystal’s superficial, bowdlerized pieties on the Koran, and Petraeus’ complete neglect of this foundational Islamic text, contrast starkly with the contemplative, first hand observations on the Koran (and Islam) made by Alexis de Tocqueville. Shortly after his return from America, Tocqueville studied North African Islamic culture and history which included an analysis of the Koran and made two visits to Algeria, becoming one of the foremost experts on these matters, while serving as a French parliamentarian.

The entire COIN strategy is a fraud perpetuated on the American people. The idea that we are going to spend a trillion dollars to reshape the culture of the Islamic world is utter nonsense.

Tav on June 28, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Boy, this will be a tough transition for him.

AnninCA on June 28, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Basil — there’s the opposition line for anyone running from the GOP against McChrystal: He’s running with the party that attacked Petraeus as a traitor and an incompetent. Just keep playing the same commercial over and over — Obama the Ignorant grilling Petraeus about things that Obama knows nothing about, even now.

Jaibones on June 28, 2010 at 11:04 PM

How can he be a liberal and an Army Ranger? Things that make you go hmm.

Mojave Mark on June 28, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Pat Tillman.

Tav on June 28, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Jaibones on June 28, 2010 at 11:04 PM

You’re right. And isn’t it also beyond belief that McCain didn’t run those ads.

Basilsbest on June 28, 2010 at 11:29 PM

Relax. He’ll make over $100,000 in military pension when he’s retired. (My dad is a retired Colonel and his is around $76,000).

He can write a book, lecture (speaking fees) and do fine.

sdillard on June 28, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Actually, it will probably be closer to $120,000 per year. Based that number on 75% of O-8 pay (he’s an O-10 now, but probably won’t retire at that level due to time in grade requirements)…

Khun Joe on June 28, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Tav on June 28, 2010 at 11:03 PM

We lost in Iraq and Afghanistan several years back when we allowed both countries to write their own constitutions whereby islam / sharia is the law of the land.

Too bad we didn’t give them a copy of our Constitution and the first 12 Amendments and say “Here it is. This is the law of the land. If you don’t abide by it we will nuke you.”

Oh well.

BowHuntingTexas on June 28, 2010 at 11:39 PM

HMMM: MAYBE HE CHALLENGES OBAMA FROM THE LEFT: RUNNING AS A PEACE CANDIDATE WHO WILL EXIT FROM AFGHNSTN AND IRAQ AND CLOSE GITMO?

reliapundit on June 28, 2010 at 9:32 PM

..yeah, and maybe he’ll dump his wife and marry Cindy Sheehan.

(Not being disrespectful; just didn’t want to waste a good punchline.)

The War Planner on June 28, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Which, thanks to the “Rolling Stone” clusterfark and the tantalizing promise of more candid criticism of Obama, is now guaranteed to make a boatload of money.

Don’t forget the speakers’ beat.

Possible title: “Going Rogue”?

Better, yet “On Men and Weasels”

Also, you forgot the possibility of him switching political parties and then running.

Just telling the truth will work wonders! I can’t wait.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2010 at 1:05 AM

Best part – Obama can’t shut him up if he retires.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2010 at 1:06 AM

We don’t have a decision on this guy’s version of COIN. All we are doing now is rolling over the countryside and trying to be loved with those still walking around. Blitzkreig light.

The next phase? The left is advocating the strategy which Biden champions. You know, we sit in firebases and swing out to hunt and kill..Silly liberals..just like Southeast Asia…but they will suppress that analogy in spite of the fact that they use it every chance they get no matter what our military is doing elsewhere. They truly crack me up and Biden should wear a beanie with a propeller. Dumber than The One.

Watch MSNBC for news on how the whole thing is a mess.

I understand from my lefty buddy that the RS writer was a guest of Madcow’s last night who avoided comments about the ethics of the article, opinions of the General and most all else except what a hero the writer was for “making the war an issue”. She never mentioned the idea that The One was a moron or anything…

My epitath for the General:

A lot of people who are idiots in the area of politics have DD 214s.

This is an example.

IlikedAUH2O on June 29, 2010 at 1:18 AM

Lourdes…This is not a normal political time we face. Voting for Obama just makes McChrystal’s conversion to join Palin, the first woman President, for a one time campaign to fix the damage his vote did is a winning crusade. As VP he could join her on her daily jog and protect her while they discussed the current military issues. A lot of Obama voters are now totally ready to do what they can to fix that vote, for example the blogger Ann Althouse.

jimw on June 28, 2010 at 8:48 PM

I think you have created a great big workaround as to anything lucid.

I guess that justification, though, works as well as anything. But McChrystal having voted for Obama damages his credibility, nothing’s going to change that.

And Ann Althouse, well, she’s another one of the useful idiots of the Left. She’s supposedly so intelligent, so well educated, so wise, yaddayaddayadda, YET SHE VOTED FOR OBAMA AFTER so much information already exposing the man for the cretin he is was all over the internet prior to the election/her vote for him.

People like that don’t deserve maintained respect. They do harm, then they say theyv’e seen the light — well, fine, for the first time, forgive and forget, but people who make grave errors in judgement (a vote for Obama indicates a grave error in judgement) and then when the public “tone” changes, quickly try to maintain their “hey, but I’m still cool” factor are really idiots.

I honestly can’t stand people like that. What they are is, literally and only, just trendy-drunkards, eager to be “popular” and go with what they perceive is the coolest factor at any one time — and they always make great arguments about what, why — yet will then change when the waters go lukewarm on previous positions.

I don’t find people like that reliable. Althouse and others voted for Obama, they did so knowledgeably, knowing who he was and denying there was a problem there in supporting him, they shouldn’t be reconsidered warmly afterward when they claim they’ve started getting ‘sober’.

I don’t believe their sobriety, is my point. It’s just stupidity or it’s cunning, but either way, I don’t respect it.

Lourdes on June 29, 2010 at 1:24 AM

May history repeat itself.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2010 at 1:37 AM

When McChrystal resigned, he already knew he was going to retire. He’s a four star and there’s only so many four star billets out there. Disgraced, had to resign. What four star command would you give him? I don’t think he would want to stay even if they did offer him another job.

NavyMustang on June 29, 2010 at 3:58 AM

2014? Don’t you mean 2016?

Daggett on June 29, 2010 at 8:06 AM

NavyMustang on June 29, 2010 at 3:58 AM

A cynical person might also wonder if McChrystal wasn’t looking at retirement when he gave the RS interview. A General does not go to his CIC and say – the current plan bites and it’s going to fail because of the restrictions on the forces. This way he’s washed his hands of a possibly unwinnable mission and opened the door to changes his successor can make. Also Obama can now blame McChrystal and Petraous when it turns sour.

katiejane on June 29, 2010 at 8:15 AM

katiejane on June 29, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Afghanistan in not unwinnable. Just like Vietnam was not unwinnable.

It can be made unwinnable. By not defining the mission. By half hearted strategy. By declaring the withdrawal at the same time you do a surge.

I think McChrystal was not getting the support and commitment needed from the political leadership to do the job.

Here is a title I would recommend – “Afghanistan – Retreat is not an Option”

antisocial on June 29, 2010 at 8:41 AM

McChrystal is an enigma to me. Being a liberal seems juxtopposed to being a hard charging soldier. Usually, the liberal solder is a whiner, and I have not heard much about him being one in the past.

saiga on June 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM