Rolling Stone: Defense Inspector General report on McChrystal finds holes in the story 

The Pentagon's inspector general report on the circumstances surrounding comments made by former Afghanistan top Commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s staff in the June 2010 Rolling Stone article "Runaway General" found there was insufficient evidence that members of his staff violated Defense Department standards and that “not all of the events at issue occurred as reported in the article.”

The report released Monday, stated “in some instances we found no witness who acknowledged making or hearing the comments as reported. In other instances we confirmed that the general substance of the incident at issue occurred, but not in the exact context described in the article.”

The Army conducted two investigations and reached contradictory conclusions regarding the article by Michael Hastings. The article exposed deep rifts between the top command in Afghanistan and the White House. It showed McChrystal’s men criticizing Obama and US ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry.

However, the IG report casts doubt on the story.

“None of the matters were reviewed warrant further investigation,” the report concluded. “We make no recommendation in this matter.”

Investigators asked McChrystal if he would provide  sworn testimony  "which he declined, having already testified to Army investigators."

Hasting’s article led to McChrystal's forced resignation last June after meeting with Obama. The 56-year old top commander has recently been asked by the White House to be the chief advisor regarding military and family issues.

 

 

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