General Stanley McChrystal, who runs things in Afghanistan for the US Military, gave a rather candid and heartfelt interview to Rolling Stone magazine.
“The Runaway General” has a few issues with some of his civilian colleagues…. like the Ambassador Eikenberry.
So far his special assistant Duncan Boothby has submitted his resignation (aka “fired”) and McChrystal has been summoned to a meeting tommorrow at the White House.
And he’s apologized. McChrystal: “It was a mistake reflecting poor judgement and should never have happened.”
President Hamid Karzai is praising him, saying he’s the best general ever, and his spokesperson is saying he hopes he stays.
This week’s development comes as criminal investigators are said to be examining allegations that Afghan security firms have been extorting as much as $4 million a week from contractors paid with U.S. tax dollars and then funneling the spoils to warlords and the Taliban, according to a U.S. military document. The payments are intended to ensure safe passage through dangerous areas they control.
The payments reportedly end up in insurgent hands through a $2.1 billion Pentagon contract to transport food, water, fuel and ammunition to American troops stationed at bases across Afghanistan.