U.S. Military Chief of Operations in Afghanistan: ‘It’s Not Going to Look Like a Win, Smell Like a Win, or Taste Like a Win'

June 22, 2010 - 12:01 PM
Brig. Gen. William Mayville, deputy chief of staff for operations to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told Rolling Stone his superior's efforts in Afghanistan are "not going to look like a win."

In this May 12, 2010 photo, President Barack Obama, right, and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, during their joint news conference at the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Army Brig. Gen. William Mayville, deputy chief of staff for operations to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is quoted by Rolling Stone magazine that his superior’s efforts in Afghanistan are “not going to look like a win.”
 
Reported Michael Hastings in a Rolling Stone article entitled “The Runaway General”: “Even those who support McChrystal and his strategy of counterinsurgency know that whatever the general manages to accomplish in Afghanistan, it’s going to look more like Vietnam than Desert Storm. ‘It’s not going to look like a win, smell like a win or taste like a win,’ says Maj. Gen. Bill Mayville, who serves as chief of operations for McChrystal. ‘This is going to end in an argument.’”
 
Gen. McChrysal issued an apology today for the Rolling Stone article, which also includes quotes from McChrystal as well as observations from his staff that are critical of President Barack Obama and senior administration officials, including Vice President Joe Biden. McChrystal, according to the Associated Press, said that he had used “poor judgment” in an interview with Rolling Stone.

The president, says the Associated Press, has summoned McChrystal to appear in person at the White House on Wednesday when the administration has its monthly meeting on Afghanistan. Ordinarily, McChrystal participates in the conference via videolink.