From One General to Another: ‘No One Is Irreplaceable’

By Kate McCarthy

Jun 23, 2010 9:32am

That was the attitude of General George Joulwan when I spoke with him on“Good Morning America” about General Stanley McChrystal.  Joulwan called McChrystal’s behavior concerning and immature, and said the general needs to go into the meeting with President Obama ready to apologize and ready to resign.

Joulwan said the key question today is if Obama still has “confidence in this general to really put together not just the forces on the ground but the team, that includes the ambassador, that includes the White House, that includes the Pentagon, the Congress, all of that,” Joulwan told me. “Can this general have the maturity to bring that together?”

The former Supreme Allied Commander said it will be “difficult” for McChrystal to do this. But if it comes down to the mission in Afghanistan, which McChrystal designed, Joulwan said Obama should “probably” keep the general on but “keep that resignation letter in the top right drawer and be ready to pull it out if it happens again.”

“No one is irreplaceable,” Joulwan said. “I mean we all have to come to that understanding in our careers and no one irreplaceable.”

Watch the interview here:

George Stephanopoulos

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