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Loose lips sink Gen. McChrystal’s ship

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 22, 2010 | 2:25 pm

 

It’s not religion, but Gen. McChrystal’s loose lips are all anyone is talking about right now.

The commander of troops of Afghanistan has been summoned back to Washington for disparaging another general and Vice President Joe Biden. (I thought the veep was the one famous for putting his foot in his mouth.) Here’s an excerpt of Rolling Stone’sThe Runaway General”:

The next morning, McChrystal and his team gather to prepare for a speech he is giving at the École Militaire, a French military academy. The general prides himself on being sharper and ballsier than anyone else, but his brashness comes with a price: Although McChrystal has been in charge of the war for only a year, in that short time he has managed to piss off almost everyone with a stake in the conflict. Last fall, during the question-and-answer session following a speech he gave in London, McChrystal dismissed the counterterrorism strategy being advocated by Vice President Joe Biden as “shortsighted,” saying it would lead to a state of “Chaos-istan.” The remarks earned him a smackdown from the president himself, who summoned the general to a terse private meeting aboard Air Force One. The message to McChrystal seemed clear: Shut the f—- and keep a lower profile

Now, flipping through printout cards of his speech in Paris, McChrystal wonders aloud what Biden question he might get today, and how he should respond. “I never know what’s going to pop out until I’m up there, that’s the problem,” he says. Then, unable to help themselves, he and his staff imagine the general dismissing the vice president with a good one-liner.

“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?”

Read the rest here, and check out Media Decoder for the story behind the story.

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