Report: Gen. McChrystal has submitted resignation; White House denies I wouldn’t say the White House denies, more like the White House disassembles:
CNN is reporting that Time magazine’s Joe Klein told the network that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has submitted his resignation in the wake of fallout from his interview with Rolling Stone.
CNN says it is working to confirm Klein’s report, which is pegged to an unnamed source. CNN partners with Time.
Update at 5:25 p.m. ET: White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says it hasn’t happened, according to our colleagues at The Oval, who are also trying to confirm the story.
They offer this perspective: “It’s standard for officials at his level to offer their resignation at times like this,” reminding us that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tendered his resignation several times during the Bush administration, such as when the Abu Ghraib prison abuse became public. Former President Bush did not accept it until the 2006 midterm elections.
“So we could have a situation in which the resignation is there, and it’s up to Obama to take it or not.”
Dithering at the White House? Of course!
I’ll be in Rick Moran’s podcast tonight at 8PM Eastern/7PM Central; this is the subject of the day.