While there is never an ideal time for a career-disrupting scandal, General Stanley McChrystal’s resignation last week may have come at the worst possible time. June 2010 marks the deadliest month for NATO forces in Afghanistan, in what is nearing a decade-long war.
The death toll, which includes soldiers from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Australia, France, Denmark, Ukraine and Poland was recorded as 80 as of last week. And according to the Associated Press, Afghan officials have said that McChrystal’s leaving would disrupt what progress has been made in the war.
McChrystal offered resignation of his position as Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan—a resignation that President Obama accepted—as a result of a Rolling Stone article that profiled him.
In the article, McChrystal and his aides are quoted several times where they speak mockingly about a number of government officials, including Vice President Joe Biden. Obama has since named Gen. David H. Petraeus as his replacement. (via CNN)