Stanley McChrystal's command has become a casualty of war. But the wounds were self-inflicted. No one is irreplaceable in battle, not even the general in charge. So it must be with McChrystal. His absence only means another soldier must step up to fill the breach.
President Obama had to accept McChrystal's resignation Wednesday. By publicly airing his disdain for this country's civilian leaders, McChrystal and his aides, in effect, endangered U.S. troops by giving the enemy another reason to fight harder in the belief that they will ultimately prevail.
Beyond that, their remarks expressing contempt for Vice President Biden, Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry, National Security Adviser Jim Jones, and Richard C. Holbrooke, special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, amounted to an indirect slap at the president that questions a key tenet of this nation - that the military is always subservient to its civilian commander in chief.