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Rolling Stone: McCrystal “Disappointed” In Obama

By on 6.22.10 | 8:49AM

Gen. Stanley McCrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is coming to Washington after being forced to apologize for a Rolling Stone profile in which he and his aides are quoted making derisive remarks about Obama administration officials, and even the president himself.

The full article is available here. A taste:

Even though he had voted for Obama, McChrystal and his new commander in chief failed from the outset to connect. The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked "uncomfortable and intimidated" by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn't go much better. "It was a 10-minute photo op," says an adviser to McChrystal. "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."

Marc Ambinder has more excerpts.

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