"I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never happened... I have enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team."
- General Stanley McChrystal, apologizing for a soon-to-be-released Rolling Stone article titled, The Runaway General, in which McChrystal mocks several White House officials over Afghanistan
He referred to President Barack Obama's decision to approve the surge by saying, "I found that time painful. I was selling an unsellable position."
The latest cracks in the foundation. The December review and July 2011 deadline threaten to consume the White House and Pentagon with political infighting and leaks, just like the review in 2009. Problematically, the White House and Pentagon disagree on many areas of foreign policy, including Afghanistan.
"Analysts say Gen McChrystal disagreed with the pledge to start bringing troops home in July 2011," says the BBC matter-of-factly.
The White House and Pentagon have to get a grip on Afghanistan and that requires altering the time-frame one way or the other. Another review or a special team meeting won't bring resolution unless fundamental policies undergo reform in the process.
But such a possibility from Washington faces grim odds.