June 23rd, 2010
08:06 AM ET

Security Brief: McChrystal faces tough day in DC

General Stanley McChrystal arrived in Washington, D.C. this morning to face what could prove to be a tough round of meetings. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor tells CNN that McChrystal will meet with Secretary Gates at the Pentagon first, followed by a meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office.

Although the White House has said it will not take any action against McChrystal without speaking to him first, it has asked the Pentagon to make a list of possible replacements for embattled general. The President wants to be ready if he decides to fire the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, a senior administration official told CNN Wednesday.

Interestingly, McChrystal’s schedule includes a meeting after the Oval office session. He’ll meet with the National Security Team in the Situation Room, that meeting is officially scheduled for 11:35 a.m.

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  1. Butch

    It's widely reported that Gen. McCrystal is the ONLY one who understands the job over there... and he's needed. Obama should keep him! Does Obama want to win the war – or – stroke his ego! Obama will be making a huge misjudgment call himself, if he fires McCrystal, as a new man on the job will only be "a second string" guy!

    June 23, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. AdamT

    There is NO war without DISCIPLINED SOLDIERS, McCrystal would not tolerate what he did from any of his subordinates. He placed his bet and I hope it destroys him, he took the oath in this all volunteer ARMY like everyone else. There is NO other choice for the president, SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE!!! There are MANY talented Generals that can take this guys place. Good order and discipline wins wars, not rogues on the inside!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lynda in okla.

    If I were McCrystal I would throw my resignation on his desk and walk out. he's being treated like a kid and after all this is a General fighting a war with many lives at stake. if the article is correct and I'm sure it is then these actions that are being taken proves the point and confirms that what was said was true.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carol

    This looks awfully similar to the "Truman/MacArthur" situation. And, like then, President Obama has no choice but to fire him. As good has General McCrystal is and no matter how entrenched in battle the country is, to allow him to stay sends a message to the troops (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines) that there are "acceptable shades of insubordination." No top leader should ever set that tone. There is never a time to sanction this type of behavior.

    If Gen. McCrystal really feels the way he came off in that article, instead of spouting his feelings for print, he should have just come back stateside, tell the President of his position, let the chips fall where they may and the public would have been none the wiser. Now, he's the lead story, and today, that is not a good thing.

    If the Army has built the bench of replacements (as it is bound to do to grow leaders), there should be no problem finding his replacement. If they have not, shame on them. Think about it like this – it's never if you leave the Army, it's when you leave the Army. Someone should have been identifying his posible replacement the day McCrystal went in the job. As we can see, anything can happen at any time.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MACK

    I think we as Americans are jumping to conclusions without knowing the entire situation. In order to draw such a conclusion, we would have to be there when the President, Secretary of Defense, and the General review what was said and its intent. The media is in a very powerful position, because the slightest manipulation of someone's word can spin a firestorm. If the General did say what is in "Rolling Stone", then the President will have to make a decision; but if he did not say what is written in magazine, I would recommend everyone involved to get back to work. Has everyone forgotten about the oil spill, wildfires, war in Afghanistan/Iraq, terrorist plots in the U.S., and the list can keep going. Lets pull together and get the job done.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Glen

    Once again Obama's ego got in the way and we lost a valuable soldier. Wasn't it Obama who was so suprised when he suggested removing government paid medical care for our wounded soldiers? As I recall he said he couldn't believe the soldiers would be that selfish, after all they knew they were putting themselves in harms way when they enlisted. I for one am surprised we have any military left under this administration! It's a disgrace!

    June 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Milica

    Obama as CIC has already cautlpiated in the GWOT, first by word, and now by deed.As it appears he clearly lacks the stones for a fight, then he should at least get our people out of there, before they become nothing more than hapless cannon-fodder for the camel-washers.This is not going to end well.-Dave

    April 24, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |