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On the Ground With Runaway General Stanley McChrystal

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General Stanley McChrystal working on board a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft in Afghanistan, March 15, 2010.

Photograph by Mikhail Galustov for Rolling Stone /Redux

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General Stanley McChrystal prepares his meal at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. The general has become known for sleeping four hours a night, running seven miles each morning and eating just one meal a day.

Photograph by Mikhail Galustov for Rolling Stone /Redux

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General McChrystal carries a custom-made set of nunchucks in his convoy engraved with his name and four stars, and his itinerary often bears a fresh quote from Bruce Lee. ("There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.")

Photograph by Mikhail Galustov for Rolling Stone /Redux

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai and General Stanley McChrystal arrive at the Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Photograph by Mikhail Galustov for Rolling Stone /Redux

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General McChrystal meets wounded Afghan National Army soldiers during a visit to the Bagram Airfield military hospital, Afghanistan.

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General McChrystal meets the personnel of the Bagram Airfield military hospital during a visit to the base.

Photograph by Mikhail Galustov for Rolling Stone /Redux

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General McChrystal walks towards a helicopter at the Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in May 2010.

Photograph by Pete Souza courtesy of the White House

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President Barack Obama meets with U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, left, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.

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