June 23, 2010
In this June 2, 2009 file photo, Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, then President Barack Obama's nominee to be commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Armed Services Committee. McChrystal was put in charge of a drifting war in Afghanistan in part because he wasn't afraid to speak up. That quality may prove to be his downfall as President Barack Obama decides whether to fire him. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, saying that his scathing published remarks about administration officials undermine civilian control of the military and erode the needed trust on the president's war team.