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Retired Gen. McChrystal Describes Moment He Was Awoken at 2 a.m. Following Rolling Stone Article that Forced Him to Resign


He was also hoping Obama wouldn't accept his resignation. -- Flash: His new memoir details "tensions with Obama" --

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: General Stanley McChrystal speaks at the Robin Hood Veterans Summit at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images for The Robin Hood

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) -- Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he was "completely surprised" by the uproar that followed publication of a Rolling Stone article featuring derogatory comments attributed to his staff about the Obama administration.

The controversial comments amounted to a career-killer for McChrystal, who was U.S. commander in Afghanistan at that time the article appeared in 2010.

McChrystal, in an interview broadcast Monday on "CBS This Morning," tells correspondent David Martin he was shocked that there was so much trouble over the comments in the article, saying he never thought he would see his loyalty and respect drawn into question after more than 30 years in the service.

In a separate interview on the "Today" show, he added more details about how he resigned and said he was hoping the president would not accept that resignation:

McChrystal, whose resignation was accepted by President Barack Obama, is promoting his new book entitled "My Share of the Task."

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