Stan McChrystal will be allowed to retire with four stars according to the White House, although he had not yet served the three years customary in that grade:
“The president believes and has talked with Secretary Gates about this, and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure he, somebody who has served the country as he has, can retire at a four-star level,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.
An Army spokesman confirmed Tuesday that McChrystal informed the military of his retirement on Monday, though he has not yet filed his official papers. The process of leaving the service takes several months.
The decision is both gracious and politically astute, but must be ratified by the Senate, which I think is likely.
VDH says of the McChrystal/Petraeus swap that the former had to go and that the latter is our only hope:
David Petraeus had earned a much needed respite with the CentCom command. Yet here we go again calling on his talents, after his recent brush with cancer and his fainting spell. The odds are against Petraeus this time; but I remain hopeful for this reason: if Petraeus cannot win Afghanistan, then it is not winnable for Americans. And I tend to think it is very winnable, if Obama cuts out the withdrawal talk, keeps his differences with Karzai private, gives Petraeus free rein, and brings in someone like Crocker on the diplomatic side. Right now we must have only the best. A General Mattis at CentCom would do wonders. A Crocker/Petraeus/Matthis team would be like finally getting Grant/Sherman in control.
No pressure, general.