General Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, was forced to step down from his post today. His replacement, Master Sergeant Goober Heap, will assume his duties immediately. McChrystal's position became untenable after he gave the "bird" to Vice President Biden, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, and an unnamed minister in the French government. McChrystal's conduct was exposed in an article that appeared in a recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
"We cannot have a hired gun like McChrystal giving the bird to members of this Administration," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. "The French, yes, and it's OK to flip one when Senator Man Tan [Rep. John Boehner, R-OH] walks by. After all, Boehner, or Big Boner as we prefer to call him in the White House, does it to the President all the time. One of the President's goals is to bring more civility to Washington."
McChrystal was interviewed by this reporter at his retreat in Bladensburg, MD, where he was found cleaning a 155-mm howitzer. "Yeah, I picked up this baby in Kuwait. It's a bit rusty, but I figure once it's tidied up, I'll test her out with a few dummy rounds. Has a range of 16,350 yards, you know. About from here to downtown D.C."
Sergeant Heap was somewhat confused by his new appointment: "Who the [bleep's] supposed to salute who? I'm up to my [bleepin'] ass in [bleepin'] majors and [bleepin'] colonels who earn ribbons sittin' on their [bleepin'] butts playing with each other. Meanwhile, I'm on my fourth [bleepin'] tour in [bleepin'] turbanland with a new [bleepin'] baby at home that looks like the [bleepin'] Tasty Freeze man."
Larry King, rumored to be still alive, will interview Sergeant Heap on his show this week.