What did we get right and what did we get wrong in Afghanistan and Iraq? Gen. Stanley McChrystal was the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, relieved of command after a controversy in 2010. Gen. Stanley McChrystal's candid Rolling Stone interview prompted the White House to summon McChrystal, the most senior military commander in Afghanistan, to the capital for a standing meeting. The West Point graduate spent 34 years in the Army and is co-founder of the McChrystal Group. Now he hopes to answer the question, "What makes a leader great?" McChrystal: In both cases we didn’t understand either the problem or our objectives going in. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a retired four star general who was the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan. In a recent interview with CNN, General Stanley McChrystal, who formerly commanded both the Ranger Regiment and the brutally effective Joint Special Operations Command, outlined several key points that I hope our political and military leaders paid attention to. McChrystal usually participates via teleconference. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? Editor's Note: On June 23, 2010, Gen. McChrystal was relieved of his command following controversial comments made in a "Rolling Stone" magazine interview. On This Day: Gen. McChrystal resigns after magazine interview On June 23, 2010, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal resigned as commander … View in article; Although many of the recognizable trends in violence in Iraq, such as the first battle of Fallujah and the first Shia militia uprising, did not emerge until 2004, the signs of instability were already well established by the end of 2003. Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. ... CNN: Controversy over Gen. McChrystal interview - … PRINT | E-MAIL. Click here for more coverage. with his new book, "Leaders: Myth and Reality." Dec. 7, 2016 — Download PDF. By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure. In the interview, McChrystal said a nuclear-armed North Korea is still the most pressing national security threat — just as President Obama warned President-elect Trump in late 2016 — and "there's no negotiating them away" from being a nuclear power despite Trump's flashy efforts. General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of NATO ISAF, talks about his assessment of the condition of Afghanistan. Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal has some advice for President Trump on how to lead the nation through the coronavirus pandemic: instill confidence, tell the truth, be unified and fight it like a war. By Michael Miklaucic PRISM Volume 6, No 3. Stanley McChrystal, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World (New York: Portfolio Penguin, 2015). An Interview with Stanley McChrystal.