General Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, resigned today over comments made by his staff and himself to Rolling Stone Magazine about members of the Obama Administration. The firestorm erupted Monday when details of an article titled, “The Runaway General” emerged in the press. After a 25 minute meeting at the White House with an angry Obama accepted General McChrystal’s resignation over the controversy. General David Petreaus has been appointed to take charge of the joint task force in Afghanistan.

Freelance journalist Michael Hastings had spent 30 days with General McChrystal and his staff. As the architect of our latest strategy in Afghanistan, much of the article focuses on McChrystal’s military career and the difficulties in holding together the coalition of U.S., NATO and Afghani troops and governments in the war against Taliban and Al Qaeda insurgents. But the six page article provides a more personal insight on how McChrystal and his staff think. In particular, about their feelings for many members of the Obama Administration.

Remarks like, “did you just say Bite me?” poking fun at Vice President Joe Biden, calling national security adviser James Jones a clown, and wariness of U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Karl Eikenberry and Richard Holbrooke highlight the criticism. The article makes it clear that there is much frustration among McChrystal and his staff over the lack of support and the rules of engagement thrust upon them by the Obama White House. Worst of all was the three months it took Obama to approve sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, while McChrystal had requested 40,000 to 80,000 to carry out a proper counterinsurgency strategy.

Only Hillary Clinton appears to be viewed favorably by McChrystal and his staff. One member of his team said, “Hillary had Stan’s back during the strategic review. She said, ‘If Stan wants it, give him what he needs.'” The rest of the White House, especially Joe Biden, come off as being a problem. Obama finally did agree to a 30,000 troop increase after 3 months of debate, but in his speech announcing his decision, Obama never once used the words “victory” or “win”.

Now, just as a major campaign is about to be launched in Kandahar province, a Taliban stronghold, General McChrystal’s firing may have grave consequences to any type of success. With the current controversy, he still received strong support from Afghani President, Hamid Karsai, calling McChrystal “the best U.S. commander sent here in the past nine years.” The General also has wide support from the troops under his command, though many are unhappy about the strict rules of engagement.

With General McChrystal’s resignation, Obama now faces a whole new wave of questions. Can the war in Afghanistan ever be won? Is it time to just pull out now? Can General David Petreaus rally the troops. During the 2008 campaign, Obama had vowed to focus attention on Afghanistan and secure the nation from insurgents. ? Today may mark the end of Obama and his administration.