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Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was fired by President Obama as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, will retire with four stars despite not meeting the military's requirements to do so, CNN reports.

"The president believes and has talked with Secretary Gates about this, and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure he, somebody who has served the country as he has, can retire at a four-star level," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.

An Army spokesman confirmed Tuesday that McChrystal informed the military of his retirement on Monday, though he has not yet filed his official papers. The process of leaving the service takes several months.

The 55-year-old general left his position as the top U.S. general in Afghanistan last week after being quoted in a Rolling Stone profile making intemperate remarks about the vice president and other members of the administration. Gen. Stanley McChrystalAfter accepting McChrystal's resignation on Wednesday, President Obama praised his long military career but said the general's comments in the offending article were unacceptable.

MyChrystal had been promoted to the selective rank of four-star general last year, but it was not clear if he will be able to keep his rank in retirement. Army rules require four-star officers to serve three years at that rank to keep it, along with its prestige and retirement benefits. The Secretary of the Army, however, can allow some officers to retain their rank after as little as two years of service.

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John

The General should not be retired at a four star rank. He paid for his loose lips with being fired and the extension should be that he retires as a Lt. General. Anything other than this is an insult to the men and women that have fought and died in these two useless wars.

June 30 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wtmorton73

Can the General skate? If so, tell him to come to Dallas. We need an experienced third line center with leadership abilities.

June 30 2010 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
medspools

McCrystal does not deserve 4 stars - ARMY RULES - serve at least 3 years to maintain rank & priveledges - he retired, so be it, but his retirement and priveledges should be in line with the military SOP. I believe allowance the of retirement instead of dishonorable discharge should be viewed as our way of showing consideration for his service.

June 30 2010 at 10:47 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

This "interview" took place over a month in Afghanistan and in Paris at bars, hanging out, waiting for the ash cloud to go away. I don't know of anyone in the military, government, civilian world who does not give their opinion solicited or not. This is a lesson in the press, they can't follow a legitimate story so they concentrate on bar room talk.

June 29 2010 at 4:34 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
tplapper

Don't take reporters out drinking.

June 29 2010 at 2:36 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
flkewlkid00

i personally believe this was his intent from jump street.i think he was burned out and saw this interview as an avenue to leave,all be it under extraordinary circumstances.shed no tears for the general with his retirement income.the talk circuit,and a sure book deal he will certainly be financially secure and who knows he might even get a gig on fixnews as a military analyst.thank the good general for his service to our country and wish him well but dont think this was a lapse in judgement,this man didnt rise to the top of his profession by being careless or stupid.

June 29 2010 at 2:33 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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lemuel31

The administration nee(POTUS) is so onion skin he cannot take a criticism from any body. Granted McChrystal was out of line according to the army decorum(rules,ehem) but compared to Gen Douglas Mcarthur who simply won't leave his assigned duty(Philippines..he said I shall return) and was not fired for his insubordiation. Mcchrystal was just blamed for some dumb remarks he or his staff blurted out ..Biden..what Bite me! the 10 minute photo op (true) Hey , we the people could fire OBama for apologizing to Europe for our arrogance ,yet did not mention all the taxpayers money paying for all the billions we donate to all countries of the world...Egypt 2 billion, Pakistan 2 b illion and counting, the UN, Unicef, WHO, etc
search the numbers its all there..I am tired of all these s..t. somebody needs a shoe flying to the WH oval ofc

June 30 2010 at 11:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ellingt5

Sad, sad day for America!

June 29 2010 at 1:55 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
matt102678

The Obama camp will be cheering this retirement. Now they can count McCrystal's replacement as another job created. Yeah, Hip, Hip, Hooray, chalk another victory up to the Hope and Change Troup. Bottom line is that this administration has done very little right since assuming power and this is just another example of a giant cluster of mistakes. I'm not usually a person to rush my life but I sure do hope November comes quickly and that we vote common sense into the House of Representatives and The Senate. Maybe a neutered Obama will be more inclined to listen to the majority of what America has been saying.

June 29 2010 at 1:19 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
Bonbon

May I comment, looks like his own fellow liberals bit him in the butt.

June 29 2010 at 1:00 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
ettu

This is a terrible injustice. Hastings, and Rolling Stone, will reap their reward, and I don't think it will be the one they were hoping to get.

June 29 2010 at 11:39 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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ettu

Well, Ted, the injustice is that a lifetime highly decorated and respected military man is leaving in disgust over the current administrations rules of engagement, with most likely the majority of our fighting men and women in total agreement. You weren't there, I was not there. Whether or not the comments were on the record will probably never be known. But, there is something called personal integrity and responsibility. Hastings knew full well the repercussions of this sneak attack, as did Rolling Stone. I hardly believe readership will rise. Time will tell.

June 29 2010 at 1:13 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

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