From NBC's Alexander Rosen
In the wake of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation last week, it remains unclear whether a wide-scale house cleaning of his former staff will occur within U.S. Central Command. After all, it was not only McChrystal who was quoted in the Rolling Stone article making inappropriate comments, but also numerous anonymous aides to the general.
So far only General McChrystal’s civilian press aide, Duncan Boothby, the man who set up the Rolling Stone article, has resigned from his position, but those who have not yet been fired or resigned could also be walking to the guillotine very soon.
The New York Times points out “General Petraeus is known for bringing a large and diverse team to work with him, one with civilians and military personnel,” adding that bringing in a new team is “somewhat more complicated in this case, because precipitous changes in the middle of a war could mean a loss of continuity and institutional knowledge.”
A senior officer speaking on the condition of anonymity told the Times that in order to create a smooth transition of power in U.S. Central Command, “A lot of people will stay for the transition and then you’ll see them gradually pack up.”
It might be unlikely that the names of the aides quoted alongside McChrystal in Rolling Stone will be made public, but the individuals associated with McChrystal’s command could very soon be quietly looking for new jobs.