Gen. Stanley McChrystal opens up about Afghanistan
Retired Army general on 'Fox & Friends'
- Duration 4:02
- Date Jan 10, 2013
Retired Army general on 'Fox & Friends'
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Here's -- nation's top military commander in Afghanistan.
And did so much in Iraq but general -- -- McChrystal saw his career come to a sudden end.
After comments about the president were print in the Rolling Stone magazine article but if you read the article.
-- -- his comments they weren't now he's speaking out about his -- community and America's most secret troops the controversy surrounding his resignation.
And his plans for the future there retired general has written all about it in new memoir called my share of the task -- -- like morning general thanks for having me appreciate it's a great book and it starts with the fact that when you're nine years old you almost burned and you house.
I did I had taken my -- -- pizza basketball uniform because it was read and I draped it over this -- on -- -- my dad had built.
It produced a red glow in the room the middle like not -- I left the room neighbors learned an important lesson that they did yeah I did because my father and I talked afterward and he talked about president Kennedy after the -- of -- accepting responsibility.
And that stayed with me forever I think that's what leaders do and that's it's too -- that we are more leaders like that is set a skirt up who won't happen again.
General I like to start.
In the book is fantastic -- DTL for people that -- out of the -- this is what happens would you would you.
Everyone was saying was as well lasting so long but I look at I really -- the Rolling Stone article -- -- and find out what the heck happened.
-- I could not believe the only thing bad about this article is the title.
The runaway general if you really did.
The only -- -- TU wasn't comment that you made to a staffer that F do you method president he was somewhat disappointed he didn't know your bio.
And it was felt like a photo -- Probably not surprisingly I don't agree with everything that's written in every media article.
But a controversy.
Ensued after that.
And I -- a leader leading a war for commander in chief and the controversy I felt could impact the war so why offer president.
Obama my resignation because I believe it was my responsibility.
To do that but for him to do for you to accept that.
It put -- put the outcome of the war in jeopardy you get the most researching -- ready to go US and selected to replace him there.
How disappointed -- you that you couldn't finish the job.
That they pulled you back into.
I was clearly disappointed to leave soldiers lead the mission and leave the army but the mission is more important in the individual and I don't second guess the president's decision I accept responsibility and I moved on with my life short interest me enough.
After you resigned the inspector general of the Department of Defense cleared -- you didn't do anything wrong.
In retrospect and hindsight always 20/20 do you think maybe maybe a jump the gun initiative road that out of weaker so.
I think I can't spend a lot of time second guess some things in my life I really try to look for -- try to be the leader every day that I you know the best I can be and -- -- and it's a -- talk about the where you left in the what's behind how important is it for you.
-- who sacrificed so much of your life senior -- thirty days in seven years for this war to end up in a situation where.
They have a government that's not Taliban and al-Qaeda for -- how -- -- -- -- you in those who lost their lives.
It means a lot to me.
The Afghan people have made a lot of progress if you go back from 1970 not really into the president.
-- they've been at war the country's been torn apart in the last few years they have made progress more rights for women.
More kids in schools some economic progress and a lot of different things -- don't want believes that.
To me it's very important for our moral responsibility to the Afghan people.
But also for our geo strategic interest in the region.
I don't necessarily think that means thousands of American troops there I do think that it means a strategic partnership.
To secure in the minds of Afghan people that they've got a friend we want to talk to you.
On the other side of a quick timeout about Saddam Hussein because -- some stuff that you can clarify this this forest so the general is sticking around more on his great new book.
My share of the task.