Katie Couric's Notebook: General McChrystal

America's top commander in Afghanistan and members of his staff went rogue in a Rolling Stone article, speaking their minds about civilian leaders, including the president himself.

One aide calls National Security Adviser Jim Jones a "clown" who is "stuck in 1985." Vice President Joe Biden takes a hit, as well, as the butt of a "bite me" joke he probably hasn't heard since tenth grade. As for President Obama, he's described as intimidated, uncomfortable and disinterested in getting to know the man running the war.

General McChrystal apologized today, but the quarrel over his quips is far from over. He's headed to the White House to explain himself.

The Constitution guarantees free speech, but it also states that President Obama is the General's boss - not the other way around.

If the comments are deemed insubordination, General McChrystal could be on his own - like a Rolling Stone.

That's a page from notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.

  • Katie Couric

Comments

CBSN Live

pop-out
Live Video

Follow Us

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

On Twitter