Calling It Quits

Gen. McChrystal Officially Retires

Goodbyes are rarely fun, but it appears that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who retired after a 34-year military career during a ceremony on Friday, relished the opportunity. Standing before several hundred friends, family members, and colleagues at the Fort McNair parade grounds in Washington, D.C., the beleaguered general expressed optimism about his future, adding, “I need to celebrate.” In truth, though, McCrystal’s retirement—a result of a Rolling Stone magazine article in which he and his team made negative remarks about their bosses back home—provides little reason for positive cheer. No matter. “I have stories on all of you, photos of many,” he said, “and I know a Rolling Stone reporter.”