Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Stanley McChrystal and the Battle to Maintain Perspective

Stan McChrystal, the four-star US Army general who was fired in June 2010 from commanding the Afghan war because of his derisive comments, is now teaching a course on leadership at Yale University.

Blogger Mark Thompson says:

“It's a long way from commanding 100,000 U.S. and 30,000 allied troops in Afghanistan to commanding a couple of dozen students. But that's what happens when you can't command your tongue.”

Now, adjusting to the sacking and the transition to civilian life, Stanley McChrystal is seeking to keep things in perspective:

"I've spent 34 years with guys who lost their lives, or lost their legs," he says. "I just lost a job."

Mark Thompson, Fired Gen. Stan McChrystal’s Personal Post-War Reconstruction Plan, Swampland, 12 September 2010.

Geoff Pound