Gen. Stanley McChrystal: I Never Thought I’d Be Accused of ‘Disloyalty or Disrespect’

January 7, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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FILE - This July 23, 2010, file photo shows Gen. Stanley McChrystal reviewing troops for the last time as he is honored at a retirement ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

(CNSNews.com) – Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was forced to resign as U.S. commander in Afghanistan in 2010 after his top aides made anonymous comments to Rolling Stones magazine disparaging Obama administration officials, told CBS News on Sunday that he never thought he would ever be “accused of anything approaching disloyalty or disrespect.”

"My whole life, I'd expected that I could get killed in war," McChrystal said. "In my wildest dreams I never once thought I could be accused of anything approaching disloyalty or disrespect."

McChrystal was called to Washington to meet with Obama face-to-face. McChrystal told the president that he would support his “any decision he made – if he wanted me to go back or if he wanted to accept my resignation, which I carried with me.” The president accepted McChrystal’s resignation.

“I’d been a soldier, an officer, for more than 34 years. And now at 55, in an instant, all of that has changed. I’m not a soldier. And everything that I think I am and everything that I had tried to be is at least in question,” McChrystal said.

McChrystal wrote about the ordeal in his book, “My Share of the Task,” which comes out Monday, saying he takes responsibility for the Rolling Stone article.

"Regardless of how I judged the story for fairness or accuracy, responsibility was mine," he wrote.

McChrystal was replaced by Gen. David Petraeus, who was later tapped to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, only to resign last year after news surfaced of his extramarital affair.