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McChrystal shoots Biden on sight. The French, too, take it for their rank!

General McChrystal, photo published in Rolling Stones. (US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O'Donald/NATO)

(BRUSSELS2) The article published in Rolling Stones on General McChrystal, commander-in-chief of American and NATO allied forces in Afghanistan, made noise because he questioned the political hierarchy in Washington, President Obama and Vice-President Biden, in the lead. What has been less commented on is his at least equally casual attitude towards his allies, starting with France. The article begins with a dinner held in Paris, at the Westminster Hotel, where the general is to present the military strategy in Afghanistan to French officials (including ministers). It is loaded, as the journalist tells it “to sell the new war strategy to NATO allies to maintain the fiction that we have allies”.

Apparently McChrystal is going to this dinner backwards. He's not in his element. He states thus: “I'd rather have my ass kicked by a roomful of people than go out to this dinner,” He pauses a beat. “Unfortunately,” he adds, “no one in this room could do it.” And everything is up to date...

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(last minute) The US President has decided to relieve General Stanley McChrystal of his duties and replace him with General David Petreaus.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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