If I had said a few days ago that a clean cut, senior American general would have to resign because of an article in Rolling Stone magazine, you would have waited for the punchline. It is quite likely, however, to be true.
The article comes out on Friday but you can read it here, now. General McChrystal thinks quite highly of himself and his immediate team, but quite poorly of the White House machine. Unfortunately for him he is prepared to say it.
It was for just such as this (albeit worse) that Truman fired Macarthur during the Korean War.
Let's see what Mr Obama does.