Only Clinton singled out for praise in Rolling Stone article on McChrystal

Only Secretary Clinton is singled out for praise by Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s officials in the Rolling Stone profile on the U.S. commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan. In the article, McChrystal’s aides call James L. Jones, the national security advisor, a "clown" who is "stuck in 1985" and refer to Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. envoy ...

By , copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009-2016 and was an assistant editor from 2007-2009.
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Only Secretary Clinton is singled out for praise by Gen. Stanley McChrystal's officials in the Rolling Stone profile on the U.S. commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan. In the article, McChrystal's aides call James L. Jones, the national security advisor, a "clown" who is "stuck in 1985" and refer to Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a "wounded animal." McChrystal, seen in the background of the Nov. 19, 2009, photo above, has apologized for the dismissive remarks about senior Obama administration officials. 

Only Secretary Clinton is singled out for praise by Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s officials in the Rolling Stone profile on the U.S. commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan. In the article, McChrystal’s aides call James L. Jones, the national security advisor, a "clown" who is "stuck in 1985" and refer to Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a "wounded animal." McChrystal, seen in the background of the Nov. 19, 2009, photo above, has apologized for the dismissive remarks about senior Obama administration officials. 

The Wall Street Journal‘s Washington Wire blog states:

Only Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is portrayed as having strongly backed McChrystal’s plan for Afghanistan, is singled out for praise by the anonymous McChrystal aides. 

The Guardian states:

The article lists administration figures said to back McChrystal, including defence secretary Robert Gates and secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

McClatchy states:

Only Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets good reviews from McChrystal’s staff.

Seems like McChrystal’s team is like the general American public in giving Clinton the highest rating among senior U.S. leaders.

Just last Friday, Clinton, in a news conference with the Danish foreign minister, made positive comments about progress in Afghanistan:

So we think that we’re making progress. We know how hard it is. The Afghan military and police are improving, and we are working hard to provide the trainers and mentoring that they need. We are looking to see more results from some of the governmental reforms that we’re expecting. But it is just not true that we haven’t seen positive accomplishments. If you look at a lot of the indicators on education, on health, on government capacity, on agricultural output, on economic growth, on a revenue base for the country to function, there’s a lot of positive indicators.

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009-2016 and was an assistant editor from 2007-2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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