Retired General Stanley McChrystal regrets the controversy that happened in the wake a Rolling Stone article that ultimately led to his resignation as commanding general in the War in Afghanistan.
“I regret that it went that way… but you know, I was in command. I was responsible.” McChrystal said.
The general sat down with David for a wide-ranging interview for his new memoir My Share of the Task released earlier this month.
The movie Zero Dark Thirty has been making headlines for it depiction of United States intelligence personnel using enhanced interrogation techniques as a part of the detainee program in the lead-up to the successful raid on Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistan compound. McChrystal rejected the argument some have made that using “torture” is an acceptable practice and dismissed the notion that the end result justifies the means.
“The effect of torture, is really on the torturer,” McChrystal said. “It corrodes the moral fiber of the force.” He also cited its effect on perceptions of the U.S. from the outside world, specifically pointing to the Abu Ghraib scandal, saying that it mobilized anti-western forces against America.
The former top commander in Afghanistan, who had previously spent five years as head of the Joint Special Operations Command, also focused on the state of America’s armed forces today and how they will look in the future. He argued that the use of Special Forces will become the “marquee part of modern warfare,” with an important focus put on knowledge of the enemy. “Who knows the most and who learns the quickest, wins in any fight,” he said, adding “it’s not going to be a bulk number of soldiers.”
Watch the entire PRESS Pass conversation above to hear more from General McChrystal including a frank discussion on the controversy surrounding the friendly-fire death of former NFL Star turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman in 2004.