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General Stanley McChrystal

(b. 1954)

General Stanley McChrystal

(b. 1954)

General Stanley McChrystal

 

George Stanley McChrystal (b. August, 14, 1954)

General Stanley A. McChrystal is an American army general who was named the commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, and assumed command of those forces in May of 2009.

General McChrystal is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. McChyrstal is a Green Beret and an Army Ranger, as well as a veteran commander in Special Operations, also known as "Black Ops."

McChrystal served in Afghanistan as chief of staff of the military operations in 2001 and 2002. He also commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment and served tours in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

Forces under General McChrystal's command found and captured Saddam Hussein and with tracking and killing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Mesopotamia (al-Qaida in Iraq).

General McChrystal replaced General David McKiernan as the commander in Afghanistan. McKiernan was replaced by McChrystal largely due to the fact McKiernan had a background in conventional warfare, while McChrystal's training and experience was predominantly in special operatons and unconventional warfare, like the type of warfare fought by the Taliban and al-Qaida.

General McChrystal' Afghanistan strategy became apparent through public comments that in order to win, the United States must invest more extensively in Afghanistan than it had since American forces topple the Taliban government following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

 In a confidential 66-page report leaked to the Washington Post, General McChrystal bluntly states that in order to win the war, he needs additional troops within by teh middle of 2010, or else the conflict in Afghanistan "will likely result in failure."

General McChrystal publicly stated many of the points made in this leaked report: emphasizing the importance of protecting civilians over just engaging insurgents, restricting airstrikes to reduce civilian casualties, and sharply expanding the Afghan security forces and accelerating their training. He also signaled that he will seek to unify the effort of American allies that operate in Afghanistan, and possibly to ask them to contribute more troops, money and training.

In June, 2010, Rolling Stone Magazine published an article in which McChrystal and his aides were quoted as speaking very critically about the members of President Obama's national security team. McChrystal was recalled to Washington D.C. to meet with the President. At that meeting, McChrystal offered his resignation, and Obama accepted it. McChrystal was succeed in the Afghanistan command by General David Petraeus.

In early 2013, General McChrystal gave several television interviews in which he discussed the war in Afghanistan, the Rolling Stone Magazine article that led to his retirement, and he promoted his new book, My Share of the Task: A Memoir.

 

General Stanley McChrystal CBS Interview

Sources:

Stanley A. McChrystal--New York Times

The Runaway General-Rolling Stone Magazine

A General Steps From the Shadows-- The New York Times

In hunt for terrorists in Iraq, general is no armchair warrior--The Washington Times, October 2, 2006

Stanley McChrystal: The president's stealth fighter--The Guardian (UK)

New York Times coverage of McChrystal report

 

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