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Life after Obama fires you

January 11th, 2013
05:17 PM ET
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Life after Obama fires you

General Stanley McChrystal discusses how President Obama fired him

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Part 2: Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Part 2: McChrystal on the United States' wars in the Middle East with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

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Part 3: Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Part 3: McChrystal on nation building

By Mick Krever, CNN

When General Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, was summoned to the White House in June 2010, he knew he was in for something big.

“I suspected in my heart that the president would accept my resignation,” McChrystal told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in a wide-ranging interview that aired Friday on CNN International.

President Obama did accept his resignation, days after an embarrassing article was published by Rolling Stone magazine in which the general and his team appeared to be insubordinate to the president.

McChrystal is now retired, and teaches at Yale University. His new memoir, in which he writes about his lifelong military career, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but says almost nothing about his firing three years ago, is called “My Share of the Task.”

The article in Rolling Stone, for which a reporter was embedded with McChrystal, took him by surprise, but he quickly grasped the gravity of its impact.

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Filed under:  Afghanistan • Latest Episode

Elephants slaughtered from the sky

January 11th, 2013
01:30 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

The slaughter of elephants and rhinos is happening on such a massive scale in Africa that the animals’ very existence is threatened.

Just this week poachers murdered an entire elephant family in Kenya. Eleven elephants were shot and killed from a helicopter – the country’s single worst slaughter on record.

These majestic animals are regularly killed using machine guns from helicopters – their tusks often used to make ivory trinkets.

The United States government says the butchering is not the result of excessive hunting, but rather organized crime, with black market ivory and horn worth some eight-billion dollars a year.

Stopping it is no longer only about protecting the planet's natural resources.

“It is also a national security issue, a public health issue and an economic security issue,” outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. Killing off these animals will affect the tourism dollars to Africa in the long term.

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Filed under:  Latest Episode • Poaching