UPDATE FROM HUFFINGTON POST:
GEN. MC CHRYSTAL OFFERS TO RESIGN.
General Stanley McChrystal has offered his resignation, an unnamed source has told Time magazine. CNN tweeted a report of the resignation. More details to follow.
As an officer in the armed forces of the United States of America, General McChrystal took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. He has violated that oath for the second time by disrespecting the chain of command and the president as Commander in Chief. In addition to President Obama, McChrystal denigrated the Secretary of Defense, Vice President Joe Biden, the National Security Advisory, General Jones, and Afghan Ambassador Eichenberry, who was a military officer himself. All of his superiors were trashed in an "on the record" interview with Rolling Stone Magazine. General McChrystal's media press aide, Duncan Boothby, knew enough to resign after this egregious insubordination. McChrystal needs to do the same. This is the second time McChrystal has been insubordinate to his Commander in Chief.
Joe Scarborough, former Republican Congressman from Florida and a member of the Military Affairs Committee, stated this morning that McChrystal has, by his actions, endangered the troops under his command by providing aid and comfort to the enemy
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the top U.S. general in Afghanistan made "a significant mistake" and used poor judgment in remarks to a magazine reporter
Three members of the Senate Armed Services Committee issued a joint statement saying they had the “highest respect” for McChrystal’s military service but that his comments were disrespectful. “General McChrystal’s comments, as reported in Rolling Stone, are inappropriate and inconsistent with the traditional relationship between Commander-in-Chief and the military,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the committee’s ranking Republican, Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “The decision concerning General McChrystal’s future is a decision to be made by the President of the United States.”
This behavior by McChrystal is in direct contradiction to the US Constitution. Just a reminder to those on the Right who will jump on this and defend the indefensible. McChrystal betrayed his oath of office.
h/t Huffington Post
NOTE: "McChrystal was instrumental in the Pat Tillman cover-up. Shortly after Tillman's death, he wrote a memo recommending against divulging the findings of internal investigations that showed Tillman's death was due to friendly fire. Why? Because, as Rolling Stone printed, those findings would cause "public embarrassment" for Bush. As RS also notes, "Nine days after Tillman's death, McChrystal was promoted to Major General."