Pentagon inquiry clears McChrystal of wrongdoing

April 18, 2011

A Pentagon inquiry into a Rolling Stone magazine profile of Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal that led to his dismissal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has cleared him of wrongdoing.

The probe’s results, released Monday, also called into question the accuracy of the magazine’s June report, which anonymously quoted people around McChrystal making disparaging remarks about members of President Obama’s national security team, including Vice President Biden.

At the time he dismissed McChrystal, Obama said the general had fallen short of “the standard that should be set by a commanding general.” But the Defense Department inspector general’s report concluded that available evidence did not support the conclusion that McChrystal had violated any applicable legal or ethics standard.

Last week, the White House tapped McChrystal to head a new advisory board to support military families, an initiative led by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of the vice president. The selection of McChrystal was announced last Tuesday, four days after the inspector general’s report was finished.

The inspector general’s conclusions were reported Monday by the New York Times, which obtained the report under a Freedom of Information Act request. The Pentagon subsequently posted the report on its Web site.

Rolling Stone said it stands behind its story, which it called “accurate in every detail.”

— Associated Press

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