Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gen. Mc Chrystal cleared from “Rolling Stone” report

The Pentagon authorities have cleared from misconduct to US general sacked after a magazine reported he and his personals had spoken impolitely about top US officials.
A Pentagon report revealed incomplete witnesses Gen Stanley McChrystal, until June the top US general in Afghanistan, had disagreed US military policy. It said occasions related in the magazine had not happened as written. Rolling Stone said it loyal by its article. Gen McChrystal was reinstated as chief of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan. US President Barack Obama replaced him with Gen David Petraeus, saying Gen McChrystal had unsuccessful to "meet the standard that should be maintained by a commanding general" and that the article "demoralizes the national control of the army that's at the main of our democratic system".
Shortly Gen McChrystal resigned from the Army. In a document presented on Monday, the Pentagon inspector general's office said it had evaluated the magazine's report, entitled “The Runaway General, in which Gen McChrystal or his personals are reported to have made offensive arguments about Mr Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, diplomat Richard Holbrooke, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and others.
Prosecutors discussed witnesses who would have been in a position to confirm the events described and analyzed e-mails and travel documents. "The witness was inadequate to authenticate a violation of relevant Department of Defense standards with honor to any of the events on which we paid attention," wrote Michael Child, acting deputy inspector general for administrative investigators. "Not all of the incidents at issue taken place as mentioned in the article."
He wrote that in some instances, investigators found no witnesses who acknowledged making or hearing the reported remarks, and in others, they found the context of the incident different from that reported in the article.
The report analyzed parts in which Gen McChrystal seemingly offer the "middle finger" to another officer, asked "who's that" about Mr. Biden and said Mr. Obama observed "itchy and anxious" during a gathering with army officers. It also observed at the article's asset that Gen McChrystal's personals had been drunk and disorderly at a bar, that a colleague had given an anti-gay remark at a dinner with French officials and other parts. Mr. Child said the article's writer, Michael Hastings, and Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates had decreased to be interviewed by the inspector general's office. Rolling Stone issued a statement that they stood backed its story, which it called "correct including all detail".
"We also observe that Gen Stanley McChrystal's own reaction to the story was to issue a regret, saying that what was appeared in the article cut down 'far short' of his personal standard," the magazine said. 

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