General McChrystal Has Offered to Resign: Reports (Updated)

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General Stanley McChrystal has offered to resign in the wake of the Rolling Stone debacle, according to Time's Joe Klein, and subsequently confirmed by CBS News' Mark Knoller.

Crucially, both CBS and Klein are reporting that McChrystal has merely offered his resignation, which would hardly be a surprise: Given the quotes attributed to McChrystal and his staff, going to the White House with a resignation letter seems like the minimally polite thing to do. But President Obama doesn't have to accept the resignation if he wants the general to stay on.

Recall that Donald Rumsfeld offered to resign twice during the Abu Ghraib scandal, only to be refused by President Bush because he was doing such a good job with Iraq. [This Just In/CNN]