Gen. McChrystal Steps Out of the Shadows

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The former commanding general of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Gen. Stanley McChrystal (ret)., is coming out of the shadows after a short, self-imposed hiatus from public life.

McChrystal, who resigned in June after his staff insulted White House officials in a Rolling Stone article, has plans to give two speeches on leadership, including one this Thursday in Washington, D.C.

According to a person with knowledge of his intentions, McChrystal does not plan to speak about the circumstances surrounding his removal, nor does he intend to give his views on the state of the war. He is not giving interviews to reporters. The former commander of the military's secret units comes off as a straight shooter, a good soldier, and a naif about public affairs in Bob Woodward's new book, Obama's Wars.

McChrsytal was invited to speak at a forum hosted by Johns Hopkins University in Washington.  And then, on November 30th, he'll give the keynote address to the National Association of Drug Stores in New York.

McChrystal will also be teaching a class on leadership dynamics at Yale this fall.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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