April 19th, 2011
09:14 AM ET

Probe finds McChrystal, aides did nothing wrong

Gen. Stanley McChrystal lost his job when Rolling Stone magazine ran an article in which some of his aides made disparaging remarks about the vice president and others. But a newly released investigation by the Department of Defense inspector general finds neither McChrystal nor any of his aides did anything wrong.

In the article called "The Runaway General" reporter Michael Hastings wrote that one of McChrystal's aides referred to Vice President Joseph Biden as "Bite Me" and another referred to then-national security adviser Gen. James Jones as a "clown."

After interviewing 15 people, the inspector general's office completed its report on April 8. It was made public Monday after a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times. Neither McChrystal, who cooperated with an earlier Army investigation, nor Hastings were interviewed for the inspector general's report.

In the report, the inspector general writes, "The evidence was insufficient to substantiate a violation of applicable DoD standards." The report goes on to say, "Not all of the events at issue occurred as reported in the article."

It concluded "none of the matters we reviewed warrant further investigation."

McChrystal, who had been in charge of all U.S. and International Security Assistance Force units in Afghanistan, was brought back to Washington after the article was published. After meeting with President Barack Obama, he resigned his command and later retired from the military.

But four days after the inspector general's report was completed, the White House announced McChrystal would be part of the Michelle Obama's and Jill Biden's new Joining Forces initiative. The organization is set up to support and honor America's service members and their families.

McChrystal is now a senior fellow at Yale University.

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soundoff (4 Responses)

    After all he is from military therefore he cannot be wrong. What a joke indeed same military Generals have faced America with extreme challenges in Afghanistan while entire world including 64% Americans have been condemning these Generals for their militarism in world, bringing bad name for American nation.They are responsible for prevailing recession in US economy and rising unemployment. this inquiry report show the strength of MIC which mean American March to long demise as usual continue which ex US president Eisenhower had apprehended in 1961as under.
    How can a nation that prides itself on government “of, for, and by the people,” justify hiding these black budget allocations from taxpayer scrutiny? How can a nation continue to prosper by ignoring its own long-term demise at the hands of a militarized economy? If we truly want a real democracy to survive for generations to come, then we must demand extensive military reductions. We must demand a peaceful and sustainable path for our country and for the world at large. We must bring our soldiers home. We must protect ourselves from the tsunami that is building on Wall Street and in the halls of Washington DC).
    despite this if one continue to insist something positive about US Army he surely wish to see America's wipe out from the world map.

    April 20, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Surely the american middle class will shrink as result of this military spending. They havd financial scandals too and next year the FED will try to sell the asset bough in QE1 and QE2. That will be a test for the US economy and the dollar as China is yet reducing their holding of US treasury starting from 4 months ago.

      April 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |

    I suppose that this bozo will be back in Afghanistan again,commanding troops just like before. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he decided to run for President.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spiro T.Agnew

      If he were to become President,I wonder if he'd be anything like my buddy Richard. One never knows.

      April 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |