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Gen. Stanley McChrystal Michael Hastings

The Runaway General

22 Jun, 2010

Hastings publishes a Rolling Stone profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of all U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. The article includes descriptions of McChrystal and his team mocking Biden, Obama, and others:

Are you asking about Vice President Biden?” McChrystal says with a laugh. “Who’s that?”

“Biden?” suggests a top adviser. “Did you say: Bite Me?”

Another aide describes McChrystal’s response to a meeting with Obama:

It was a 10-minute photo op, Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.

Rolling Stone Editor Eric Bates says all comments were run by the General’s team before publication.