McChrystal regrets magazine flap was career-killer

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. Speaking out for the first time since he resigned, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal writes in a new memoir that he takes the blame for the Rolling Stone article that ended his Afghan command and army career, including for the unflattering comments attributed to his staff about the Obama administration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

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. Speaking out for the first time since he resigned, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal writes in a new memoir that he takes the blame for the Rolling Stone article that ended his Afghan command and army career, including for the unflattering comments attributed to his staff about the Obama administration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he was "completely surprised" by the uproar that followed publication of a Rolling Stone article featuring derogatory comments attributed to his staff about the Obama administration.

The controversial comments amounted to a career-killer for McChrystal, who was U.S. commander in Afghanistan at that time the article appeared in 2010.

McChrystal, in an interview broadcast Monday on "CBS This Morning," tells correspondent David Martin he was shocked that there was so much trouble over the comments in the article, saying he never thought he would see his loyalty and respect drawn into question after more than 30 years in the service.

McChrystal, whose resignation was accepted by President Barack Obama, is promoting his new book entitled "My Share of the Task."

Associated Press
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